At an event today, Simon Stevens and Sir Bruce Keogh are welcoming 17 successful Fellows to the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme.
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is a new NHS England programme, co-hosted by UCLPartners and The Health Foundation in collaboration with AHSNs across the country. It aims to deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS.
National learning and expertise is provided to the programme through collaboration with the 15 AHSNs across the country. Five of the AHSNs are formal partners to the programme overseeing its delivery and providing a contribution towards the cost of the bursaries offered to each of the Fellows: East Midlands AHSN, Imperial College Health Partners, North West Coast AHSN, Yorkshire and Humber AHSN and UCLPartners.
Professor Rachel Munton, Chair of the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) said: “Academic Health Science Networks were established to spread innovation, and we are therefore delighted to be supporting these outstanding individuals and their innovations as they are spread at pace and scale. The NHS Innovation Accelerator programme is a real opportunity not only for the innovators, but more particularly the patients and populations they serve”.
The Fellows bring a huge breadth of expertise to the programme and a passion for achieving better outcomes for patients through the adoption of innovation. The innovations will help to prevent diseases, speed up diagnosis, improve safety and efficiency of services and increase patient participation in decision making, self-management and research. The clinical areas covered range from cancer, mental health, multiple sclerosis, maternity care, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, liver disease and dementia.
In addition to the support of the AHSNs, these healthcare pioneers will receive mentorship from seasoned innovators, coaching, peer to peer support, quarterly learning events as well as access to a bursary to roll out their technologies and processes to patients, hospitals and GP practices throughout England.
The programme received 126 applications from the UK and internationally. They included experienced innovation diffusers, leaders, founders and representatives of high impact innovative products, services, technologies and care models. Through the rigorous application process, applicants needed to demonstrate a passion and commitment for taking their innovations forward at scale for patient and population benefit.