Grants and Innovation

We support projects to advance the delivery of healthcare and improve patient outcomes in our hospitals. We also collaborate with health and technology companies from the wider health sector to bring together the latest innovations to improve patient care and experience.

Click below to read a summary of our innovation programme and our partnerships:

Recent projects

We award grants to fund a variety of innovative projects, technologies and equipment to help patients at both Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital.

Supporting new mums
The second version of our maternity app ‘Mum and Baby’ is now available to download for Apple and Android devices. The free app contains over 70 pages providing new parents with reliable, up-to-date advice about looking after their baby and themselves. We are now working on deploying the app across six hospitals in North West London. Since the first version of this app launched, it has had over 10,000 downloads.

New laser treatment for bladder cancer patients
We have funded a new Diode Laser, which is being used to treat bladder cancer patients at West Middlesex University Hospital under local anaesthetic using a procedure known as Trans Urethral Laser Ablation (TULA). This procedure takes just 30 minutes which is half the time of the operation under general anaesthetic and patients do not need to be admitted overnight.

Improving mouth and dental care
We ran a ‘Nursing and Midwifery Transformation Call’ for project ideas to improve patient care. We awarded first prize to Kew Ward who identified an innovative solution to improving mouth care for patients, helping to reduce cases of hospital-acquired pneumonia. The CQC recognised this project as an example of outstanding staff led innovation in their recent inspection. We also supported an initiative the Trust is leading with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea called Big Bites and Pearly Whites - educating parents and carers about tooth decay and how to avoid it. Tooth decay is the number one cause of non-emergency hospital admissions for children aged five to nine in the UK and, in London, 27% of five-year-olds have tooth decay. In support of this project, we have secured funding to train a team of nurses to be ‘Oral Health Educators’, providing oral hygiene advice and guidance to parents, carers and children.

First cancer clinic of its kind in the UK
The Trust’s award-winning Acute Diagnostic Oncology Clinic is a nurse-led fast track service for patients referred from primary care with a clinical suspicion of cancer. However, the service previously did not include ‘vague symptoms’ patients, an area that The National Cancer Strategy is focusing on. We awarded over £96,000 to fund a two-year project to extend the clinic to include these patients, improving time-to-diagnosis, patient experience, and reducing unnecessary emergency admissions. This is the first clinic of its kind in the UK.

Wearable technology to prevent sepsis
We have supported a UK first research study, in partnership with Imperial College London, to evaluate a wearable patch to monitor three key indicators of patient deterioration – heart rate, breathing rate and temperature. Manual observations tend to take place every four to six hours. However, this device monitors patients continuously, allowing staff to identify deterioration much quicker which could help to detect the early signs of sepsis. Over 2,000 patients were monitored with this technology and the study has been awarded support by the Royal College of Surgeons and the National Institute for Health Research.

Fast-tracking walk-in contraceptive services
We have funded a height and weight kiosk for the contraceptive service at our sexual health clinic, 10 Hammersmith Broadway. Previously, clinicians would take patients’ height and weight as an essential part of safe prescribing contraception, which added four minutes to every appointment. Patients now use the kiosk themselves which provides them with a printout to inform the clinician. The clinic can now see more patients each day and other NHS Trusts are keen to purchase this equipment.

Creating a virtual clinic for clubfoot patients
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital operates the largest Ponseti clubfoot clinic in the South East. Children attend the clinic for many years, often travelling long distances. Working with Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapist and UK leading Ponseti specialist Denise Watson, and the Care Information Exchange, we supported the adoption of a custom virtual clinic. This clinic will allow patients to have remote follow-ups with clinicians, reducing the need to travel to hospital.

Improving wound healing for burns patients
We funded specialist training at our Burns Unit for NHS staff to produce bespoke face masks and splints in-house, which are vital for facial scar healing. The Unit is now producing these masks and splints using 3D printing and other production methods, aiming to reduce waiting times from 8-12 weeks to just 1 week. Face masks were previously costing the Trust £1,320 each, but now cost approximately £100 plus therapy time. We have also funded a VBeam Pulsed Dye Laser, a LPG Endermologie Machine and a CO2 Laser which are all being used to reduce scarring and improve associated symptoms caused by scars.

ostom-ITM which has been developed by 11 Health to improve the lives of patients with an excretory stoma - where an opening is made in the abdomen allowing waste to pass from the body. The sensor is clipped on to a patient's ostomy pouch and uses Bluetooth wireless technology to alert patients of when it needs replacing, continuously relaying data on discharge rates and volume to both the patient and clinical teams. The sensor has recently been piloted at both of our hospitals and we are hoping to run a multi-centre clinical trial exploring the link between use of the sensor and a number of quality of life and clinical outcomes including self-management, sleep quality, self-confidence, acute kidney injury and hospital readmission rates. Click here to read about the results from this feasibility and usability trial. 

MIRA Rehab
We are working with MIRA Rehab to provide an innovative digital system which transforms physical therapy exercises into video-games for our paediatric patients. The software helps patients engage and stay motivated throughout their therapy programme by using games, and employs a motion-sense device to help physiotherapists assess therapeutic motions. The games are based on best clinical practice and expertise from specialist physiotherapists, and can be customised to individual patients’ needs. Patients progress to different levels within games, whilst performing rehabilitating movements at the same time.

ICU sensors
We have partnered with Drayson technologies to launch the first pilot of wireless environmental sensors in the intensive care units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. These wireless sensors allow for near real-time monitoring of room temperature and carbon monoxide concentrations, a metric of air quality. The pilot forms the first part of our plans to create a ‘sensor rich environment’ in our new intensive care units that is anticipated to have a significant impact on critically ill patients’ wellbeing and their recovery.

Preventing pressure ulcers
Pressure ulcers can be very debilitating for our patients and indeed are prevalent not only in frail but also in pediatric cohorts. We have funded a 12 month project that will deploy novel sub epidermal moisture scanning devices capable of detecting pressure ulcers 4-9 days before they are visible. 

Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)
The Trust's colorectal department provides acute, chronic and day case care for approximately 13,500 patients per year. Currently, there is no streamlined pathway through which the service can collect Patient Reported Outcomes and Experience Measures (PROMs and PREMs) meaning there is a poor understanding of patient outcomes, expectations, experience and views of clinical service. We have partnered with Digital Health.London Accelerator company MyClinicalOutcomes (MCO) on a two-year project to design and deliver a novel colorectal disorder digital PROMs and PREMs collection solution, and use this data to not only inform our continuous improvement but also to support the design of a novel GP-facing tool aiding referral decision making in the community.


DigitalHealth.London Accelerator
CW+ is a strategic delivery partner of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator (DH.LA). The three-year Accelerator programme aims to speed up the adoption of digital health innovation in the NHS, ensuring that greater numbers of patients benefit from emerging new technologies faster. In 2017/18 we worked with the Accelerator and the Trust to successfully establish multiple new innovative projects at our hospitals, supporting our digital health innovation and quality improvement strategy. Click here to read more about some of the latest innovations we have brought to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the Accelerator programme.

Microsoft for Startups
Microsoft for Startups We are the first official NHS partner of Microsoft for Startups in the UK – a programme which supports and empowers innovative start-up companies by providing the tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise they need to become successful companies. This partnership will help to identify new innovations and technologies aimed at improving patient care and experience at our hospitals.
We have started this partnership by collaborating with, helping staff access up to date training and guidance. is a web platform for creating and distributing digital manuals quickly and easily, without expert training, to replace existing paper-based manuals.

Nesta Impact Investments
We have partnered with Nesta Impact Investments to further broaden our access to the latest digital health solutions. We are currently exploring new solutions to improve pre-operative assessment.

We have partnered with South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) to identify new health innovations and technologies for evaluation and adoption in healthcare.The partnership will aim to provide a range of SMEs with an innovative idea, prototype or product, the opportunity to meet with clinicians from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to showcase their invention. CW+ will then work with these companies and clinicians to evaluate if the innovations can be adopted at the Trust to help care for patients.

Small Change Big Impact

Our Small Change Big Impact initiative (SCBI) awards grants of up to £2,000 to hospital staff for projects which help to improve patient environment and experience.

This includes ward enhancements, recreational projects, non-essential equipment and much more.

In 2017, we awarded a total of £45,663 to 45 projects including:

- Digital ophthalmoscopes for Emergency Department
- Waiting area chairs for outpatients department
- iPads for patients awaiting procedures in the Cath Lab
- Pharmacy label printers
- Fluid warmers for Acute Assessment Unit
- Digital cameras for Burns Unit
- Ceiling artwork for Dermatology theatres
- New x-ray leg rests
- Youth Forum activities
- Handheld fans to assist with breathlessness
- Kangaroo Care information cards
- Patient paging system for orthopaedic patients
- Exercise equipment for respiratory patients

If you would like to apply for a small grant, click here.

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