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Building on the Best Grants


Phase 2 of Building on the Best aims to improve palliative and end of life care on hospital wards in Scotland and in turn improve the experiences and outcomes of patients and their families. In part, this improvement will be achieved through working in partnership with a range of acute specialities to deliver a variety of locally identified improvement projects.

We know that at any point nearly 1 in 3 hospital beds in Scotland is occupied by someone who will die within 12 months. Applications therefore will be invited from any acute clinical area that can demonstrate a need for improvement in the care being offered to patients who are experiencing a deterioration in their health and facing an uncertain outcome.

Since March 2020, palliative care teams have been living and working in unprecedented times. New and emerging models of care were implemented at pace, teams reconfigured and practice having to be adapted based on limited and emerging data.

We asked the members of the Scottish Network of Acute Palliative Care (SNAPC) members at our June meeting on their views of what the priority for funding should be following phase 1 of the pandemic. The results showed people wanted the ability to run local projects that could then feed into national workstreams to share learning and build a national profile of acute palliative care services. They also wanted to focus on key areas. These are:

The Application Process

Applicants do not need to be specialist palliative care staff, but the project must have the aim of improving an aspect of palliative care within their clinical area. Our definition of palliative care (i.e. care offered to anyone facing a deterioration in their condition with an uncertain outcome), aims to include care being given at any stage in their illness living with any life limiting condition and therefore not confined to end of life care only.

The timetable for the application process is:

  1. Opens Friday 10th July
  2. Applications to be submitted by midday Monday 14th Sept 2020
  3. QI Project Group Meeting to agree funds: end of Sept 2020
  4. Successful applicants notified beg Oct and projects commencing Mid/late Oct 2020

We understand that some teams had been working on proposals before the pandemic. If you have a small grant (ie up to £1k) that is ready for submission, please submit it when ready and we will aim to have a decision made on these on a rolling basis within two weeks from the submission date, up to the closing date.

Should resources permit we may run another round six months later.

There are two award streams that you may apply for:

  1. For small, local projects for < £1,000 (for basic materials/resources)
  2. For larger, collaborative projects for £1,000 - £10,000 (for basic materials/resources/staffing costs incl analysis of data)

Download more information and application form for the small grants HERE.

Download more information and application form for the larger grants HERE.

Please note that all applications should also have a completed project charter attached (further information available within the application form).

All applications should be submitted to Caroline Sime (BobScot Project Manager) via email on

We are very happy to receive any queries or to discuss project ideas before submission of applications. If you would like to do this, please contact Caroline Sime ( to discuss.

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