The Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK, has launched its Behavioural Insights Research Programme.
They are inviting researchers to submit ideas rooted in ‘behavioural insights’ or ‘nudge theory’ that have the potential to increase efficiency and reduce waste within health care services in the UK.
There is £1.8 million available for up to eight multidisciplinary research teams to generate new knowledge of what can motivate people to act in more efficient and less wasteful ways in health care services.
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Each project will receive between £150,000 and £350,000 for research completed over two to three years.
The three priority areas of focus for this programme include:
- patient pathways: eg improving patient flow within the system, improving coordination and transfer of care, expediting discharge
- procurement, pharmacy and medicines optimisation: eg minimising cost and waste in procurement and prescribing, improving medication adherence
- care best practice: eg encouraging attendance, uptake of screening and health promotion, reducing unnecessary or ineffective care, better demand management, reducing harms.
The closing date for applications is 12:00, Friday 20 October 2017.
For details see the Health Foundation website.