Over the last six months we have engaged with researchers, clinicians, research charities, patients and the public to define an ambitious schedule of activity for the programme over the next three years.  We have concluded that HDR UK can make a distinctive contribution to Better Care by working in partnership with other organisations to support two initiatives: Catalyst Projects and creation of a Better Care Partnership.

For any queries, please contact enquiries@hdruk.ac.uk.

Please note that queries about the Better Care opportunities will be answered up until 16:00 on Wednesday 4 March (a week before the deadline). The final FAQ update will then be published on Fri 6 March. Please find FAQs here:

Better Care opportunities FAQ

We ran a webinar to provide an overview and Q&A session on these opportunities, which was recorded – you can play it back here:

Better Care opportunities webinar

Selection Panel Membership

A Selection Panel has been put together to assess Better Care Catalyst and Partnership proposals. Subsets of this group will be involved in shortlisting and selection for Better Care Catalyst Awards and the Partnership.

Better Care Panels Membership

Catalyst Projects

Commencing on the 1 May 2020, these projects will be jointly supported by the Health Foundation and HDR UK, led by the latter. The objectives of the Catalyst Projects are to deliver rapid learnings about the Better Care Loop. They are part of a wider piece of work within the Better Care programme, which aims to fill key gaps in knowledge-sharing and training; demonstrate the potential benefit to patients; and define the key research questions that need to be answered in order for data-driven quality improvement to be implemented at scale.


Better Care Partnership

The Better Care Partnership is an opportunity for organisations, to work together to develop and scale Better Care loops, answering key research questions and generating learnings that can be generalised across healthcare systems in the UK. The organisations in the Partnership will form a HDR UK Substantive Site, and therefore join a network of existing partnerships comprising the six existing Sites in HDR UK. Together these will form a national network of digitally-mature learning health systems. The Partnership will commence in parallel with the Catalyst activities. It will be expected to use the learnings that will emerge from the Catalyst Projects and from other sources and adapt its approach accordingly, with a focus on developing scalable solutions that can be transferred across healthcare settings and healthcare decisions. This opportunity also commences on the 1 May 2020 and will be funded for an intial period of three years.

How to apply

The deadline for applying to these opportunities was 4pm 11 March 2020.