2017 awards

Seven projects across Scotland have been awarded this year from the Improvement Fund.



Project Title

Lead Organisation

Partner Organisations

Project Summary

Introduction of the Integrated Palliative Outcome Scale (IPOS) into two general practices in Inverclyde

* This project met the criteria in the application cohort for 2016-17, the award was confirmed at a later date.

Ardgowan Hospice

Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership, University of the West of Scotland

It is proposed to introduce a patient-reported outcomes measurement tool, the Integrated Palliative Outcome Scale (IPOS), into two general practices in Inverclyde. The aim of testing this tool in primary care is to proactively identify people living with a life-limiting illness who may benefit from additional support. Using this tool, these people will have their needs identified, interventions offered and outcomes monitored in an evidence-based way and (should specialist services be required) be referred to a Supportive Care Clinic staffed by specialist clinicians from Ardgowan Hospice.

Remote access to MS Support

Revive MS Support

NHS Lanarkshire, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, Digital Health & Care Institute and Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT)

Revive MS Support aim to tackle the inequality of access to multiple sclerosis (MS) support services in Scotland by carrying out a pilot project which will focus primarily on providing services to people affected by MS in North Lanarkshire. They will look to maximise the services available remotely to those currently unable to benefit from them through the use of technology. A respected support service will be established to connect with people with MS, their carers and families and support them to manage their day to day health, irrespective of their geographical location or level of mobility, using a range of mediums incorporating outreach and digital technology. 

Preventing people with complex care needs staying in hospital

ARK Housing Association

Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Lothian and various members of the Good Life Group

ARK Housing association will work in partnership with the Good Life Group (GLG) to support people with complex care needs in Edinburgh who are currently living in hospital to live in a community setting. The people affected will have special needs which are likely to include physical and/or learning disabilities, autism, mental health or challenging behaviour. The GLG will employ a Project Manager who will lead the project in partnership with Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Lothian. Initially, the project will be to support the 'Wayfinder Programme' (which targets people living in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital) and then develop an evaluation framework which can be used to transfer the learning to other parts of Edinburgh and Scotland as a whole.

Pharmacist prescribers working with people who are homeless

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

NHS Lothian Homeless Practice, Streetwork, Simon Community Scotland, Cyrenians

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will work with partners to introduce prescribing pharmacists and a street outreach worker for 1 year in Edinburgh and Glasgow with the aim of engaging and maintaining contact with people who are homeless, whether on the street, hostels, community venues or in 3rd sector hubs to offer a "Health, medicines and social care MOT".  Immediate access to preventative healthcare, prescribing for long term conditions and housing assistance, advocacy, benefits support, we well as food/clothing will be offered while building a productive relationship. The project will be evaluated and the findings shared across Scotland.

Piloting a Drop in Clinic for acute low back pain patients

NHS Lanarkshire


NHS Lanarkshire will pilot a drop in clinic for acute low back pain patients within the East Kilbride Locality as a new model of service delivery for patients suffering from an acute episode of low back pain.

The proposed drop in clinic will be the first point of contact for patients who present to their GP with an acute episode of low back pain, thus reducing the delay for triage and advice. With early access to screening questions and objective testing, any patients who require medical review or intervention can be signposted to the appropriate service.

Ideas that Bend - Creative Support Projects

Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothian’s

Midlothian Health and Social care Partnership

Artlink will work with Midlothian HSCP to test whether the arts process as a tool will support greater interaction, understanding of and shared learning with individuals with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). They will introduce 4 creative projects to service users, led by 4 artists who they will appoint and study the approach with partners from Dundee University.

Improving seasonal flu immunisation in clinical at risk population

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Health Protection Scotland, Lanarkshire Health Board

A previous small project in 11 GP practices in NHS GGC demonstrated a small but significant improvement on flu vaccination uptake when individualised feedback to practices was provided on their last year’s performance and review of their procedures.  It is proposed to test this approach in practices with below average uptake and compare their results to a control group of practices from a neighbouring health board selected on the basis of matched uptake rate, practice size and socio economic profile.

Integrating Money Advice within Primary Care

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (North East Locality)

GEMAP Scotland Ltd, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Deep End, Associate Clinical Director NHS GGC

Pilot work in two GP Practices has demonstrated that by introducing a flexible embedded model of advice tailored to the needs of practices we can significantly increase referrals to advice services. This is able to provide patients with a quality service that alleviates poverty and meets their needs in a confidential and anonymous way and offers referrals to advice as a treatment option.

This project will be to scale up and demonstrate success using this model across the Parkhead cluster in Glasgow and provide each practice with a dedicated advisor half a day a week.