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. NHSi Quality Service Design and Reconfiguration (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.


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 the session you will:

  • Learn about the key steps when taking forwards an innovation project
  • Explore the definition of innovation and the challenges of innovation adoption
  • Develop skills in using supportive frameworks and tools
  • Have opportunities to network and build links

This training session will next take place on Wednesday 02 November 2022 (10:00 to 16:00) at Vespasian House in Dorchester.

This free training is currently open to individuals from organisations across ‘Our Dorset’ & our partners.

Places can be booked via Eventbrite.

Qi Lite is a new and exciting Dorset-wide approach to give all organisations a standard introduction to quality improvement.

The training is for clinical and non-clinical staff and can be used in all areas of your business, whether you are looking at improving your office processes, clinical practice, or client engagement.

It will give you:

  • Enough knowledge to understand a basic Qi approach, and undertake simple projects with small scope
  • Confidence in Qi if you are part of a wider project
  • An appetite to learn more
  • And the opportunity to network across the system

The course runs for two hours and occurs once per month. To get yourself booked in choose a date below and follow the links to our booking pages on Eventbrite. Once registered you will receive an email and links to the webinar to join on the day. Any special instructions will be detailed in the invite.

The course is free for all staff working within Our Dorset.

Qi Lite: 30th June 2022 – 10:00 to 12 noon

Qi Lite: 25th July 2022 – 10:00 to 12 noon

Qi Lite: 16th August 2022 – 10:00 to 12 noon

Qi Lite: 28th September 2022 – 10:00 to 12 noon

Qi Lite: 13th October 2022 – 10:00 to 12 noon

Qi Lite: 28th November 2022 – 10:00 to 12 noon

Qi Lite: 13th December 2022 – 10:00 to 12 noon

If you would like to learn more about QSIR from the National QSIR pages then you can find more information here.

QSIR Fundamentals is your next step after completing the Qi Lite course.

QSIR Fundamental is a practical one-day workshop that is designed to provide an overview of a series of evidence-based tools and approaches that have been used in successful service and quality improvement programmes in the UK and internationally.

The aims of the workshop are to:

  • Gain insight into imperatives, aims and language of quality improvement (Qi)
  • Equip you with the knowledge of how some essential quality and service improvement techniques are used in practice to further improvement work
  • Provide opportunities to learn from others and discuss issues in a safe environment
  • Utilise time within the programme to reflect and consider how techniques may be applied in your own practice
  • Gain confidence and be inspired to want to change practice and learn more about quality improvement
  • Feel confident to work alongside a more experienced practitioner
  • Introduce you to the QSIR community and Qi community in Our Dorset

To get yourself booked in choose a date below and follow the links to our booking pages on Eventbrite.

Once registered you will receive an email detailing where the training is taking place, timings, what you need to bring with you and any other special instruction for the day.

Come prepared with a Qi project that you are about to start, have an idea or perhaps have already started. We will be using your projects to work through the exercises throughout the day. The course is fully interactive so be prepared to have fun and meet new people from across the system.

QSIR Fundamentals: 1st September 2022 – 08:45 to 16:30

QSIR Fundamentals: 15th November 2022 – 08:45 to 16:30

If you would like to learn more about QSIR from the National QSIR pages then you can find more information here.

Project Management • Join Our Dorset

Project management 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. There will be four cohorts of training running next year, starting in January.


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.