About the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) supports delivery of the Five Year Forward View by accelerating uptake of high-impact innovations for patient, population and NHS staff benefit. It also provides real-time practical insights on spread to inform national strategy.
The NIA is an NHS England Initiative delivered in partnership with all 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England, hosted at UCLPartners.
- Find out more about the NHS Innovation Accelerator
- Learn more about the NIA Fellows and their innovations
- Read impact case studies
- Latest news and events from the NIA
Support for innovators
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 and sectors
- Pairing with and support from Academic Health Science Networks
- Regular meeting and critical challenge from the NIA Core Team
- Peer to peer learning and support
- Quarterly learning events, including inspirational speakers and action learning sessions
- Workshops and webinars on key topics e.g. business models, business case development, coaching and mentoring, Intellectual property, leadership and resilience
- Specialist briefings as and when required e.g. NHS procurement, marketing and communications, behavioural economics
- Speaking opportunities at conferences
- Access to a bursary
A partnership initiative
All 15 AHSNs in England provide a financial contribution to cover bursaries for Fellows and to support the costs of the NIA. 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
- North East and North Cumbria
- Oxford AHSN
- South West AHSN
- West Midlands AHSN
- West of England
- 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.