Partner Priority Programme (PPP) Round 3

As with the earlier Rounds, PPP Round 3 will harness expertise from across the CLAHRC NWC, pooling the knowledge and resources of NHS, Local Authority and University Partners and Public Advisors within Collaborative Implementation Groups (CIGs) focussed on projects/topics of shared interest.  The facilitation of collaborative inquiry and co-learning within the CIGs will underpin the PPP Workshop process, enabling Partners to build workforce capability and capacity to support implementation and evaluation of local service innovation and transformation. 

In Round 3 the workshop content will be centred on the Improving Delivery Of Services Through Implementation Science Masters-level Module at UCLan – with Partners applying the Module learning through their implementation projects (see Table 1). 

PPP Round 3 Workshops and participation in the CIGs will be open to all CLAHRC NWC Partners.  In addition, Partners will be able to nominate individuals to undertake a CLAHRC NWC-funded Internship linked to their PPP project. 

In Round 3 the Internship will also provide a funded place on the UCLan Module (for which Interns can accrue 20 learning credits at Level 7 towards a relevant qualification).  Registration for the module will be online and interns will have access to library, learning resources etc. through UCLan.

Table 1:  PPP Round 3 - 2018-19 

Overarching Aims

Module Learning Outcomes

Intended Outputs

By encouraging mixed teams of practitioners, commissioners, patients, public and researchers to work together, and by enhancing their skills, knowledge and expertise, the aims are to:


  • Develop capacity within CLAHRC NWC partners to support implementation and evaluation of local service innovation and transformation.


  • Find, generate, analyse and use evidence and data to inform the implementation process including to roll out (adopt and adapt) already-researched initiatives from across the CLAHRC NWC and the national CLAHRCs network in England.


  • Support Interns, supported by local colleagues (e.g. managers / teams) to plan and undertake an implementation project relevant to the PPP and a focus on tackling health inequality within the NWC.


  • Provide a practical and flexible approach to Partners’ learning and development requirements.


  • Help to develop a system of integrated learning organisations (culture change) linking together similar initiatives across the across the CLAHRC NWC region.


On successful completion of this module Interns will be able to:


  • Conduct an assessment of service to diagnose, contextualise and define a problem or process that requires an implementation strategy.


  • Search the evidence base to identify an innovation, process or strategy for service improvement of your problem.


  • Evaluate the characteristics of your practice context to identify the determinants of effective change and potential implementation problems.


  • Analyse and select, with rationale, implementation strategies to initiate and sustain change.


  • Justify a strategy for evaluating the success of the implementation/change.


PPP participants will also be able to:


  • Consider how to utilise health equity frameworks within the context of an Implementation Project.


  • Understand the role and contribution of Public Advisors and recruit PAs to their project.


  • Contribute to evidence informed practice and negotiated change within their workplace and across local partnerships delivering new models.


The CIGs will also have a reflective and experiential element, stemming from teams coming together to learn and develop their Implementation Projects and related outputs.


Participating Interns and teams may (co)produce the following outputs:


  • A clearly defined Implementation Project, outlining the implementation plan for local adoption and adaption of the chosen service development.


  • A CLAHRC BITE and Implementation Guide - applying learning from CLAHRC projects in other contexts and bringing in local learning from existing service developments to achieve value-added across the CLAHRC NWC.


  • A co-reflection report on the Implementation Project, the process of implementation locally, and personal learning.


  • Contribution to a Review Workshop and a Dissemination Event (based on short project presentations) in autumn 2019.


  • Project-level recognition of health inequality and strategies to alleviate focussed through CLAHRC NWC Health Inequalities Assessment Toolkit completion.


  • Public/patients involved and engaged in the project process.


  • Development of a network of peer support.


  • Plan for dissemination of findings.


  • Written articles – (co)produced by CLAHRC core team and/or Projects (with academic support if required)



Timeline for workshops

The PPP Round 3 Workshops will run from September 2018 to mid-2019.

  • The first six workshops (Sept 2018-Jan 2019) will take participants through the UCLan Implementation Science Module and other topics (e.g. health inequalities, public involvement) that CIGs will need to support Interns in developing project Implementation Plans.  There are 3 to 4-week time gaps between workshops for local action, preparation for next workshop etc. (approx. 1 day per week).
  • The Implementation Plans will then need to be submitted by the Interns in February 2019 for assessment by the UCLan Module examiners.  Together with additional CLAHRC documentation (e.g. completed Health Inequalities Assessment Tool, Public Advisor Job Description, match-funding details), the Implementation Plans will also be submitted to the March 2019 CLAHRC NWC Steering Board & Sub-Committee. 
  • For the remainder of the time (February-Summer 2019) we will be supporting Partners through CIG Support Workshops to undertake their Implementation Projects locally.  Projects will also (co)produce a CLAHRC BITE and Implementation Guide and a co-reflection report on their Implementation Project, the process of implementation locally, and their personal learning.
  • A Review Workshop and a Dissemination Event (based on short project presentations) will take place in autumn 2019. 

The CIGs will be supported in their work via the core PPP team facilitators, the Internship Scheme, the Evidence Synthesis Collaboration and the Capacity Building Theme.  Public involvement will be embedded in the process.  There will be an on-line learning Portal at UCLan, peer support and contacts within the network; and there is potential for follow-up support (e.g. Writing for Publication). 

The work will be co-ordinated by the CLAHRC NWC Knowledge Exchange Theme and the Capacity Building Theme.

What we need your help with:

We now need NHS and Local Authority Partners to identify:  a) Projects for their organisations to implement as part of the PPP Round 3 (see CLAHRC project inventory previously circulated for inspiration); and b) individuals interested in becoming an Intern and undertaking the Improving Delivery Of Services Through Implementation Science Masters-level Module in order to implement the chosen projects locally.


Interns and Partners will be expected to dedicate up to one day a week to their implementation project for a period of up to one year. Salary back-fill will be provided for the Intern to assist with time released. The employing organisation of the intern will be offered payment of £6000 in order to release interns from their duties.

PPP3 Internship Nomination Form 


Supporting Information 

FURTHER INFORMATIONShould you have any additional queries, feedback about the planned work or any other comments on the PPP please do not hesitate to get in touch.

You can contact us to discuss proposed implementation projects via:  Clarissa Giebel, Knowledge Exchange Theme Manager: or Tel: 0151 794 9966.

For queries regarding the Internships and the Improving Delivery Of Services Through Implementation Science Masters-level Module you can also contact our Programme Delivery Managers for the Capacity Building ThemeGeorge Georgiou and Joanna Harrison, on: