Patients across the country set to benefit from the roll out of proven healthcare innovations
NHS England’s Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh will today (Monday 6 July) announce the successful applicants of a scheme to make evidenced healthcare innovations more widely available to patients.
healthcare pioneers from the UK and abroad have been identified to receive
national support to roll out their technologies, processes and models of care
to patients, hospitals and GP practices throughout England.
the fellowship, they will receive mentorship from seasoned innovators such as
Lord Ara Darzi, a bursary and support through the Academic Health Science
Networks to spread these new ways of working across the country.
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. This will lead to better health
outcomes and a more sustainable NHS.
Keogh, NHS England’s National Medical Director, said: "The NHS stands on the cusp of
a revolution in innovation. At its heart, innovation is the will to
better, to find solutions for existing needs or new problems through more
effective products, processes, technology or even the way we deliver services.
Today we increase the opportunity for improving patient care by creating new
conditions for ideas to thrive.”
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
adopted and spread at pace and scale. The National Innovations Accelerator
programme is a real opportunity not only for the innovators, but more
particularly the patients and populations they serve”.
of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme is to help deliver on the
commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – understanding
how to create the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven
innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and
to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population
programme is hosted by UCLPartners and the Health Foundation,
in partnership with NHS England and in collaboration with Academic Health
Science Networks across the country. The delivery teams will to work together
with patient groups to develop future strategies for innovation where diffusion
is planned from the outset with patients and local communities.
Mahiben Maruthappu, NHS England lead for the Innovation Accelerator programme,
"Innovation is critical to enabling the NHS to achieve the ambitions set out in
the Five Year Forward View: to ramp up the pace and scale of change, and
deliver better outcomes for patients. 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.”
Director of Strategy at The Health Foundation, said: "It’s hugely exciting to see
the potential of this programme and its likely longer-term impact on the
experience of patients. We have seen, through a number of Health
Foundation projects, how creating a critical mass of experts all with a common
goal can yield excellent results for our health service, its delivery and
Sir David Fish, Managing Director of UCLPartners, said: "Through such national and
international partnerships we can create stronger platforms for delivering the
best and latest healthcare solutions to patients and the population where it
matters most to them.”
120 people from the UK and internationally applied to join the programme. They
included experienced innovation diffusers, leaders, founders and
representatives of high impact innovative products, services, technologies and
care models. Through the rigorous application process, innovators needed to
demonstrate a passion and commitment for taking their innovations forward at
programme will support a broad portfolio of innovations including: devices;
healthcare applications; new models of care; online resources and technology
platforms covering the clinical areas of cancer, mental health, multiple
sclerosis, maternity care, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, liver
disease and dementia.