The NHS is a hive of ideas, invention, research and quality improvement, yet the NHS does not have a good track record of adopting proven innovation at scale. Innovation has a role in improving outcomes, improving quality and enabling better value for money. Innovation can also be a key route toward staff retention.

The Dorset Innovation Hub (DIH) is represented by all partners: primary, community secondary and social care, academia, innovation, research, economy, industry. A core component in building a positive innovation culture is training the workforce to increase innovation literacy, increasing capability and capacity. This will ensure the long-term sustainability of the hub and Dorset’s approach to adoption, building a foundation towards a systematic approach to adopting innovation.

Our training programme utilises specialist innovation training, e.g., defining innovation, problem definition and scoping and projects. We also utilise existing recognised training e.g. Aqua Quality Service Improvement and Redesign (QISR). This approach provides the best opportunity for the hub to increase the innovation literacy within the workforce and further support the development of a universal language enabling innovators to work seamlessly across the system.

A summary of the 2024 training opportunities with the Dorset Innovation Hub is available to view.


Join the Dorset Innovation Hub to further understand the challenges of innovation adoption, develop skills and build knowledge to be better equipped to successfully adopt innovations into your practice.

During this interactive training you will:

  • Explore the definition of innovation and the challenges of innovation adoption
  • Learn about the key steps when taking forwards an innovation project
  • Develop skills in using supportive frameworks and tools
  • Use a case study example to test application of learning in a linear journey through the day

This free CPD certified training is delivered in an in person format and the upcoming dates for 2024 are:

  • Tuesday 16 April 2024 (10:00 to 16:30) at The Corn Exchange, Dorchester (DT1 1HF)
  • Thursday 04 July 2024 (10:00 to 16:30) at AECC University College, Bournemouth (BH5 2DF)
  • Thursday 26 September 2024 (10:00 to 16:30) in Dorchester (venue TBC)
  • Wednesday 06 November 2024 (10:00 to 16:30) at AECC University College, Bournemouth (BH5 2DF)

This training is open to all but training will be in a Dorset context.

Places can be booked by completing a copy of our booking form.

This training is CPD certified.   

Updated: 07/12/2023


6-day course designed for people working in health and care settings in roles that support innovation and improvement. Builds and develops on the concepts and principles introduced within the Fundamentals of Innovation Adoption training. Opportunity to utilise own live project example to base learning on.

20 credit Level 7 (Masters) unit from the Dorset Innovation Hub and AECC University College.

Unit cost £870. First cohort planned Spring 2025.

To register an interest in this course please email


The Dorset Innovation Hub are able to offer a one-hour online session as an introduction to innovation and the work of the Dorset Innovation Hub. These sessions are designed for delivery within the Dorset ICS partner organisations, and to be tailored to include relevant information specific to the organisation. Delivery will be in partnership with the core team member for the Dorset ICS partner organisation. Sessions can be delivered on a whole organisation basis or on a department/team level.

If you are interested and would like to discuss further, please email


This 2 hour online workshop will provide an overview of business case development considering elements such as stakeholders and innovation/initiative benefits; together with how to make a compelling case and navigating decision making in the NHS.

The workshop will incorporate a Q&A element.

This workshop will be delivered by NHS Dorset together with the Dorset Innovation Hub.

Please note that this workshop was delivered on 10 October 2023 and a copy of the recording is available via the Dorset Innovation Hub YouTube channel.

Training dates for 2024 for this workshop will be advertised shortly. 

Additional training in development

NHS Dorset are developing two additional training modules to support business case development.

  1. Business Cases: An overview. This training will provide colleagues/delegates with an overview of the business case process from concept to completion. It will cover the five case model and the components required to take a business case from the strategic outline through to a full business case
  2. Business Cases: A comprehensive guide to completion. This training will provide colleagues/delegates with a detailed insight into the business case process from concept to completion. It will cover in detail how to complete each aspect of a Strategic Outline Case (SOC), an Outline Business Case (OBC), and a Full Business Case (FBC)

If you are interested in either of these training modules, please email

Find out how you can use clinical audit, wider improvement and evaluation tools to support successful implementation of innovation to improve patient outcomes.

Join us for this first of three practical online workshops that provides real world learning from N-QI-CAN and AHSN Network teams supporting the adoption of medical technologies in the NHS.

Please note that this workshop was delivered on 05 October 2023 and a copy of the recording is available via the Dorset Innovation Hub YouTube channel.

Training dates for 2024 for this workshop will be advertised shortly. 


Project Management • Our Dorset

Project management lite (PM Lite) covers the basics of project management, aimed at individuals who are new to project management, involved in projects, transformation or looking to refresh their knowledge. This training has been designed and is delivered by experienced experts from across ‘Our Dorset’, focusing upon providing the relevant tools and knowledge to help those delivering projects, transformation or COVID reset, recovery or task and finish groups within health and social care across the system. The course is open to both clinical and non-clinical staff across the system as is fully funded across the system.

PM Lite is undergoing a redesign and will be delivered via an e-learning platform so that more colleagues from across the system will be able to engage with the course. Information about how to access the course will be available soon.

Please note only members from organisations across Our Dorset are currently able to enrol on this training.

As part of innovation we encourage the use of SPC charts (aka ‘plot the dots’) to monitor the impact of innovation adoption.

The Making Data Count workspace on Future NHS contains a wealth of resources together with information on training offers. CPD points can now also be awarded following completion of Making Data Count training modules.

Further information.

EXPLAIN is a suite of training packages offered by the Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation. These packages are designed to provide accessible supercomputing, data science and AI training.

The training is application focused, designed to enable individuals, businesses and public sector organisation to take advantage of digital technologies.

Training is available in self-learning modules or in a live event format.

For further information please see the Hartree Centre website.


Register Interest and DIH Privacy Notice

Our innovation training programme is being developed to provide practical skills for innovators and adopters. If you would like to register to attend our training, please complete our registration form and we will be in touch.

A copy of the Dorset Innovation Hub privacy notice is available, which details our processing of personal data of past, present, and prospective attendees of Dorset Innovation Hub training and events.