About the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)
The aim of the NIA is 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, and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit.
The NIA is delivered in partnership with all 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England.
After a successful first year in 2015, the NIA opened a second round of applications from healthcare innovations in June 2016.
This round of applications focused on three challenges based on population health needs:
- Early intervention
- Long term condition management
The eight innovations who successfully applied to join the 2016 NIA were unveiled at a launch event in London on 9 November 2016.
- Find out more about the 2016 fellow and their innovations
- Read the press release about the 2016 launch event
- Meet the 2015 fellows
In its first year, the 2015 Fellows achieved some impressive results:
- 389 additional NHS providers and commissionersusing NIA innovations
- Won 13 awards
Each year, the NIA looks for the best national and international evidence-based healthcare innovations.
What can you expect from the NHS Innovation Accelerator?
The NIA supports exceptional individuals with a passion for learning and a commitment to share their learnings widely, scaling evidence-based innovations for greater patient benefit.
Watch this short video of the NIA fellows talking about how the NIA has supported them.
- Access to mentorship from a range of experts and high profile mentors, representing a broad skills base
- Pairing with an Academic Health Science Network
- Regular meeting and critical challenge from the NIA Core Team
- Peer to peer learning and support
- Quarterly events
- Specialist briefings as and when required e.g. NHS procurement, marketing and communications, behavioural economics
- Speaking opportunities at conferences
- Access to a bursary of up to £30k
11 AHSNs provide a financial contribution to provide bursaries for Fellows and in support of the costs of the programme. These are:
- Eastern AHSN
- East Midlands AHSN
- Greater Manchester AHSN
- Health innovation Network
- Imperial College Health Partners
- Innovation Agency (North West Coast)
- Kent, Surrey, Sussex AHSN
- West Midlands AHSN
- South West AHSN
- Yorkshire and Humber AHSN
The NIA is hosted by UCLPartners
Equality and Health Inequalities Statement
Promoting equality and addressing health inequalities are at the heart of NHS England’s values. Throughout the development of the policies and processes cited in this document, we have:
- Given due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, to advance equality of opportunity, and to foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic (as cited under the Equality Act 2010) and those who do not share it; and
- Given regard to the need to reduce inequalities between patients in access to, and outcomes from healthcare services and to ensure services are provided in an integrated way where this might reduce health inequalities.