To facilitate value-based healthcare delivery, the Children’s Hospital Foundation offers funding for health services research projects that directly align with Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services’ (CHQHHS) strategic imperatives.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation invited AusHSI to provide expert advice in the administration of the 2017 funding round and throughout its review period. AusHSI’s role was to help identify the applications that best aligned with CHQHHS’ strategic priorities, i.e. those which offered the most significant and best value improvements to children’s health outcomes. Panellists looked for applications that focused on measuring health outcomes, improving healthcare delivery, and ensuring systems and processes are effective and efficient in improving value for patients.
AusHSI worked closely with the Children’s Hospital Foundation and CHQHHS executives and service leads to develop the Health Services Research stimulus grant scheme for the Children’s Hospital Foundation round and strengthen partnerships between researchers and clinicians. AusHSI’s role in reviewing research proposals and assisting with funding allocation included the following responsibilities:
- Working with the Children’s Hospital Foundation to develop shared funding guidelines and selection criteria;
- Responding to questions regarding applications and providing methodological feedback as necessary;
- Providing expert members for the funding round’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC);
- Reviewing all applications to ensure minimum standards of novelty, rigour of methods, and feasibility within timeframes;
- Providing feedback suitable to deliver directly to applicants;
- Participating in shortlisting discussions with the RAC;
- Interviewing shortlisted applicants; and
- Providing follow-up feedback on request from Children’s Hospital Foundation and the funding applicants.
During the four-week application period, candidates had the opportunity to send a short project synopsis to an AusHSI implementation scientist who advised on the project’s alignment with health services research. This helped ensure that only eligible projects were submitted. Feedback was also given on projects deemed unsuitable or not ready for funding, to enable the applicant to either rework their application or to apply to a more suitable scheme.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation funded four Project Grants in the health services research field. During the 12 month project period, grant recipients receive AusHSI assistance in the form of implementation and health economics evaluation services, support services and mentoring, thereby building knowledge and strengthening capacity for innovation.
Damon Mudge, Chief Operating Officer, at Children’s Hospital Foundation, commented: “The skills that AusHSI has been able to provide have added a lot of value to our Health Services Research funding scheme. Taking a collaborative approach to identifying, funding and supporting health services research has given the Children’s Hospital Foundation confidence that the projects and researchers they are funding will impact health outcomes for Queensland children and families and will build research capacity over time.”