“…the term innovation to cover both invention (creating new ideas, products, services or models of care) and adoption (implementing what has worked elsewhere)”.
The AAC/CQC also state it is crucial that health and care systems are good at both so that new ideas are developed to solve problems and the best ones spread quickly.
To support the evaluation work of the DIH, the DIH Evaluation Working Group developed the following set of definitions to characterise key aspects of the DIH work programme.
Innovation: “Innovation is the intentional introduction of new approaches, practices, treatments, technologies and services within a health and care role, team, organisation or system, which are designed to improve the health of the Dorset population.”
Innovation Culture: “An innovation culture occurs when individuals, teams, organisations and system leaders, are receptive to innovation adoption, and provide the infrastructure needed to proactively facilitate innovation initiatives and their implementation.”
Innovation Adoption: “Innovation is not just about the originating idea, but also the whole process of the successful development, implementation and spread of that idea into widespread use. This includes; scale up, spread and sustainability.”
“Improvement, including formal quality improvement (QI) using a structured method, is often used to describe incremental change within an existing service model, whereas innovation can be used to mean disruptive change that creates a new service model. Furthermore, innovation is often viewed as a discrete, one-off change, whereas improvement is often viewed as iterative and ongoing. Nevertheless, both innovation and improvement tend to involve one or more interventions…..”
Dorset ICS Innovation Hub, hosted by University Hospitals Dorset, is overseen by a programme group of 13 partners: primary, community secondary and social care, academia, innovation, research, economy, industry and with patient and public involvement and engagement. Our small team support staff to use new innovations to support patients and our service users. Our vision is to establish the conditions to facilitate and sustain innovation adoption across the Dorset ICS for the benefit of our patients and service users.
The hub draws on the respective partners experience and expertise as outlined by the Health Foundation to focus on the adaptation of innovation to the local context, using patient and public involvement and co-production principles to ensure that the process takes account of and is sensitive to the needs of patients, staff, existing culture and working practices.
There are several ways that the DIH may work with you depending on the need identified.
A nominated member of the DIH may be assigned to work as part of a project team to facilitate the development and delivery of a local innovation project. This facilitative support may include elements such as; development of a project plan, stakeholder analysis and engagement, horizon scanning, or the set of up an evaluation framework. This support is subject to approval and agreement from the DIH Programme Group.
The DIH will link in with clinical teams relevant to published Med Tech Funding Mandate policy in order to facilitate the local review and uptake of nationally advocated proven innovations.
The DIH is also an accessible source of expert innovation guidance, support, and resources.
The DIH have a programme of innovation training that is open to all staff across Our Dorset.
The DIH can act as a coordinating link to connect organisations across the system, or to act as a signposting resource.
Click here to see some examples of how this support may look in practice.
As a first step, any commercial company that has an innovation and is interested in working with us is asked to complete a copy of our Innovator Engagement Form. When a completed copy of this form is received, it will be reviewed, and appropriate follow up contact made depending on the suitability / readiness of the innovation presented.