Capturing innovation to accelerate improvement

Published: 14 September 2023 Page last updated: 20 September 2023

You can use these resources to help your service innovate and improve.

The Capturing innovation to accelerate improvement project collected these to encourage innovation that benefits people using health and social care services.

By innovation, we mean:

  • invention (creating new ideas, products, services, or models of care), and
  • adoption (implementing what has worked elsewhere)

The project looked at the experiences of providers who have considered developing or adopting new ways of working. This work helps us to make sure services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care, and encourage care services to improve.

This work has been funded by the Regulators’ Pioneer Fund (GOV.UK) and the Department for Science Innovation and Technology.


Mapping the stages in an innovation

This resource sets out things that you may find useful as you develop new ways of working.

Case studies

Whzan blue box

The Whzan blue box helps non-clinical staff take observations such as temperature, pulse, oxygen saturation levels and blood pressure measurements. This means they can monitor deterioration and communicate with NHS111, GPs and other healthcare professionals.

24/7 grid

24/7 grid helps someone build a tailored support structure focused on how the individual wants to live and mapping it around the opportunities available locally.

Raizer Chair and HelpFall

A post-falls assessment app and an emergency lifting chair to improve the experience and outcomes for people after a non-injury fall.


PainChek is a digital pain assessment tool.

Project report

Our report to the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) sets out the work that we did to:

  • capture and share examples of high quality innovation
  • explore and explain ways that a regulator can enable innovation
  • pilot a suite of activities and products based on research and evidence to accelerate innovation and improvement