Every day across the UK nursing staff are making service improvements that change how patients and communities access and receive care - providing them with more choices to safeguard and improve their own health. These developments largely go unnoticed outside of the workplace. Many of the nurses, midwives and health care assistants behind the changes just see it as doing their job. They simply wouldn't identify with labels such as 'innovator' or 'pioneer'.

The RCN Foundation has agreed to fund a three-year RCN centenary project to celebrate, showcase and develop these local innovations. This will be achieved through collaboration with the RCN Nursing Department, who will take the lead on providing a number of different support mechanisms to nurture and develop local innovations. 

Projects were selected from within the UK to receive the support of an RCN mentor and other RCN resources. The scope of each piece of work was dependent on the project itself. Examples include, helping the nursing staff behind the ideas publish a news story or feature in the nursing press, present an abstract for a conference, meet decision-makers, or host a fringe event at Congress.

The RCN have taken four of these ideas further, developing them to their fullest potential. Please see the further development tab for how these local initiatives have been transformed into, in some cases, national training programmes.