Complex Needs in Primary Care
Fund for Innovation
Thanks to funding from The Burdett Trust for Nursing, in 2020-21 the QNI will be able to support ten nurse-led projects that develop innovations and improve care for patients with complex care needs.
Please note that due to the impact of Covid-19 a revised application deadline will be advised shortly.
Your application must focus on the health improvement for people with complex needs in a primary care setting and must include a focus on the avoidance of unplanned hospital admissions. Your project will focus on people experiencing complex health conditions which may include poor physical and mental health and complex social needs. This will include people who experience nursing services in one or more of the following settings:
- at home
- in the community (e.g. a primary or secondary school)
- in a residential or care home
- in prison
- in General Practice.
Your project can focus on any issue relating to improving the health, care, and wellbeing for people with complex needs in primary care. Applications from nurses looking to utilise digital technology and remote monitoring of conditions will be encouraged as well as from those seeking innovative approaches to supporting more people to be cared for at home.
Before applying, please be aware that you will need to:
- Confirm that you have the support of your direct line manager and employing organisation
- Be able to attend an interview – dates to be confirmed at a later stage
- Be able to attend six workshop days during 2020/2021 if successful (dates in the Guidance Document are subject to change).
To apply for this project funding and support, you must:
- Be a registered nurse working in clinical practice in a community or primary care setting
- Work directly with people with complex needs in primary care
- Be working in an organisation based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
Please read the full Guidance below before completing the application form. An extended application deadline will be advised shortly.
The Burdett Trust for Nursing is an independent charitable trust that makes grants to support nurse-led projects focused on supporting the nursing contribution to healthcare. The Trust aims to use its funds to empower nurses and through this to make significant improvements to the patient care environment.
The number of people living with complex, multiple heath conditions is increasing. Advances in medicine mean that more people, of all ages, are living with complex health needs; something which is exacerbated by an ageing population and lifestyle changes. It is estimated that three million people in the UK have three or more long-term conditions, whether physical or mental/psychological/cognitive. People living in more socially deprived areas are at greater risk of developing such conditions.
These trends are creating a growing demand for primary health care services to treat patients with complex needs. For more than a decade, health care policy has tried to reduce the demand for emergency hospital care by improving capability and capacity in other parts of the health care system. Research indicates that the continuity and quality of primary care can help prevent the development of more severe health and social problems, resulting in fewer hospital admissions and emergency care attendances. People living with complex needs benefit from a coordinated approach to their care, but all too often they experience fragmentation between health and social care services which leads to reduced outcomes and poor patient experience.
The Burdett Trust believes that nurses are well-placed to support patients to live well through self-management and with the support of well co-ordinated and holistic continuing care services provided in a range of primary and social care settings. Working as part of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams, nurses can provide coordinated, person-centred and preventive care that reduces unnecessary hospital admissions and enables patients with complex needs to remain at or return home with reduced reliance on traditional hospital services. Using the latest tele-health and tele-care technologies, patients can be enabled to live fulfilled lives closer to home, whilst the nurses who support them can share information, facilitate data linkage and robustly evaluate what works well in partnership with their patients.