The UK is a leader in the production of innovative products and approaches to healthcare delivery such as medical devices or new ways to structure services. However, while many innovations are made, it has proved harder to meaningfully adopt and spread innovations across the NHS, meaning that many good ideas once implemented do not perform as expected. In recognition of this issue, much research in recent years has focused on factors associated with the introduction of novel products rather than just the products themselves. It is recognised that people in the most disadvantaged areas typically are least likely to be participate in and receive the benefits of innovations introduced to the NHS.
The Health Foundation’s Adopting Innovation programme speaks to this challenge and has funded Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust to carry out a 12-month project to understand the conditions required for successful innovation adoption and spread. As part of the project, learning and evaluation of a new Community Health and Wellbeing Worker role adopted within Cornwall’s Central Integrated Care Area, is taking place.