NHS England and NHS Improvement have consulted on proposals to introduce a MedTech funding mandate, to support getting innovative medical devices, diagnostics and digital products to patients faster. The consultation report will be published in spring 2020.
If we implement this policy, NHS England and NHS Improvement will review NICE guidance on medical technologies each year to identify medical devices, diagnostics and digital products that have been thoroughly assessed and recommended by NICE as being effective and capable of saving money within the first year.
We will highlight these in annual guidance and we will expect hospitals and commissioning organisations to comply with this guidance where appropriate. We will also provide additional support by providing examples of how NHS organisations have implemented the innovations and by removing other barriers to their uptake such as duplicative procurement processes.
As we will only be recommending innovations that are effective and cost saving we anticipate that this policy will both improve patient care and save the NHS money.