Innovation Connect

Innovation Connect helps innovators in the health service and industry to realise their ideas, embed them into clinical practice and exploit new opportunities in international markets. Innovation Connect provides a fast-track for emerging healthcare innovations. We help the innovators behind them to overcome some of the barriers they may encounter and put them in touch with the right people and organisations to get their ideas noticed.

We are looking for both new ideas and existing innovations entering the NHS. Do you have an innovation that:

  • meets a clearly defined need?
  • has strong clinical support?
  • could transform patient care?

Then Innovation Connect could be your fast-track to:

  • research support
  • funding
  • widespread uptake
  • international opportunities.


To submit a new idea to us please use the online form available at Innovation Exchange.

Innovation Portal

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An essential part of innovation is collaboration. In any walk of life we all benefit from opportunities to meet other people and learn from them. That’s how we build our experience and learning and how we come to share our expertise to help others to develop and learn. NHS England has launched an innovation web portal called Innovation Exchange for anyone to share their ideas and meet other people with interest and expertise in similar fields.

Innovation Exchange is the central point for anyone interested in innovation in healthcare in the NHS. It is an interactive space where you can build your own groups and network. You can also learn about the work of the innovation team at NHS England and submit your ideas to Innovation Connect for assessment and signposting. The portal contains links to innovation funding streams and has a road map for you to find local support to translate your ideas into practice. Be inspired by the catalogue of high impact innovations and make contact with people whose innovations could change healthcare in your community.

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Other activity

Another good place to learn about healthcare innovation is at Health and Care Innovation EXPO at this yearly event you can meet innovators and learn about cutting edge high impact innovations.