Innovation adoption training programme for the health and care workforce

Jed Skinner started a discussion:

Calling voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector colleagues!  Would you be interested in trialling new training opportunities designed to support health care staff understand and adoption innovations to improve patient care?


People working in health and care interact with innovations in a variety of ways, yet, the health and care workforce are not systematically supported to adopt innovations, which can be a complex process. There is no standard programme for innovation adoption training (practical skills development) or education (theoretical knowledge development).

Following extensive scoping with health and care staff across all sectors, NHS England and partners are developing an innovation adoption programme to support health and care professionals with a range of education and training offers. Stage 1 of this work is to develop an online training offer suitable for all health and care staff (including NHS, care homes, community providers, VCSE sector). Once this has been developed and tested, the work will move on to further phases developing more formalised training routes for those who wish to pursue it. These will include formal qualifications and likely placements.

Stage 1 has included an exercise to compile existing resources available to health and care professionals. We are now trialling these resources with a group of user testers from parts of the health and care workforce. The testing process will review how useful the content is, how accessible the formats are (e.g. podcasts, written documents etc.), and where there is opportunity to create new materials with our partners to address the gaps.

The ‘Ask’:

We are looking for teams/ organisations to be part of our ‘Cohort A’ testers. You will be the first people outside the project team to view the resources and give feedback. Organisation who agree to be part of the user tester/ market research will be asked to identify teams or individual staff who can review and complete specific modules of training and complete brief feedback surveys as part of the evaluation. Its anticipated that teams/individuals will spend approximately 10-15 hours reviewing the materials before the end of December 2023. Up to £1000 per organisation involved in user testing is available.

Next steps / Longer term:

This is phase 1 of the work and there are plans for further development of this learning and development programme.  There will be opportunities to stay involved, should you wish, and be part of a national cohort of ambassadors influencing and shaping this work.

Organisations interested in finding out more should contact in the first instance.