CORC supports successful bid from Home-Start Oldham, Stockport and Tameside and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust to Health Foundation's Innovating for Improvement award

In the latest round of the Health Foundation's Innovating for Improvement programme, CORC, Home-Start Oldham Stockport and Tameside and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have been selected to run a project to support father's engagement during the perinatal period.

The programme is supporting 22 health care projects in the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery and/ or the way people manage their own health care by testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice.

CORC are proud to be involved in this particular project, which aims to develop new ways to support fathers to get more involved around the birth of their children. The project is due to start in January 2017 and run for 15 months, in which we will be able to develop our approach in this area, put it into practice and gather evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of health care. Fathers will be supported through a combination of home visits, support groups and 'father friendly' resources provided by trained volunteers. By improving fathers' knowledge of parent-infant relationships, child development and mental health, the project hopes to encourage their participation during this important stage and improve the emotional wellbeing of the whole family.

Sarah Henderson, Associate Director from the Health Foundation said, “We are very excited to be working with such a high-calibre of teams, who all have great innovative ideas. As an organisation we are keen to support innovation at the frontline across all sectors of health and care services, and I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their ideas over the next year.

“Our aim is to promote the effectiveness and impact of the teams’ innovations and show how they have succeeded in improving the quality of health care, with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK.”

To find out more about this project, please contact Sally Marriott.