Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme

The Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme (InHIP) aims to support systems to adopt evidenced based innovations to narrow local healthcare inequalities. These include medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and digital technologies. The programme aims to:

  • increase NHS awareness and adoption of evidence-based innovations and interventions supporting the reduction of healthcare inequalities
  • improve access, experience and/or outcomes for under-served populations
  • identify gaps in evidence and research in order to stimulate development of innovation
  • develop Integrated Care System capacity and capability in tackling healthcare inequalities

Closely aligned with the national Core20PLUS5 approach to reducing healthcare inequalities, the programme seeks to improve access, experience and outcomes for Core20PLUS population groups, including those living in areas of high deprivation, ethnic minority communities and other inclusion health groups and focuses on the five clinical areas of priority outlined below:

  • maternity
  • mental health
  • respiratory
  • cancer diagnosis
  • cardiovascular disease

The programme is a unique collaboration between the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), NHS England’s National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and will be delivered in partnership with integrated care systems (ICSs).

InHIP leads from each of the 15 AHSNs nationally, are working with their local systems to understand their local healthcare inequalities priorities. This will inform and shape local InHIP programmes of work which will start in Autumn 2022.

All integrated care systems will receive the following support from the programme:

  • expert advice on innovation, community engagement and healthcare inequalities improvement
  • ongoing practical support to identify and deliver effective healthcare solutions to address identified priorities at pace and scale
  • support to deliver meaningful change and discharge their statutory health inequalities duties as outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2022
  • opportunities to highlight potential gaps in available innovations to inform horizon scanning and demand signalling prioritisation processes
  • opportunities to take part in a programme of educational webinars and community of practice meetings to share learning across systems

Further information

For more information, including in relation to the funding available to support InHIP, please contact your local AHSN.

You can also contact the national team with any queries via email at aac.innovation@nhs.net (please include InHIP in the subject title of your email).