Dragons’ Den: promoting healthcare research and innovation
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Dragons’ Den: promoting healthcare research and innovation

Deborah Mazhindu Reader in clinical nursing practice and innovation, Faculty of society and health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge
Siobhan Gregory Director of quality and clinical excellence, Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, London

Deborah Mazhindu and Siobhan Gregory describe how a television series livened up the debate about funding for new ways of working

The changing health and social care landscape, and, in particular, the financial challenges affecting the NHS, can present difficulties for staff looking for funding to support innovation and new ways of working. One method of competitive tendering that is becoming more accepted as a way of allocating funds, encouraging staff engagement and developing innovation for research is a format based the BBC television series, Dragons’ Den. This article describes how Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, London, has developed a ‘Dragons’ Den initiative’ of annual competitive research funding allocation to ensure that some of the most dynamic practice in the trust is captured.

Nursing Management. 22, 4,28-33. doi: 10.7748/nm.22.4.28.e1375

Correspondence

d.mazhindu@bucks.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 02 April 2015

Accepted: 29 April 2015