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SPARKLER is a pioneering EMAHSN service that searches and collates evidence in relation to an issue of concern to a healthcare organisation, synthesising key information from multiple sources to inform service improvement and transformation. This ensures that the service change is evidence based, and thus can be spread at pace and scale.

SPARKLERs are an independent presentation of the evidence requested by commissioners, managers and clinicians responsible for making the decisions on a day to day basis in our health and social care systems. They are an accessible, swift and rigorous response to a practical problem.

The SPARKLER service is offered free to partner organisations and once complete SPARKLERs are free to download for all.


Busy clinicians and managers have neither the time nor the skill to perform evidence reviews to inform their service changes or reconfigurations – which are therefore often implemented in the absence of a best practice evidence base.

  • Support the adoption and spread of evidence into practice
  • Provide evidence to inform decision making
  • Employ a rigorous methodology
  • Drive quality improvements, for example through utilisation in CQUIN contract negotiations
  • Are written in an accessible format for a non-academic audience

What’s the impact?

“The learning identified in the review will be used to develop a system development (OD) plan within South Nottinghamshire to shape our accountable care system development.”

Rebecca Larder, South Nottinghamshire CCGs

What’s next?

We are taking commissions for additional SPARKLERs – please get in touch.