NHS Innovation Accelerator

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) accelerates 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.

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:

The NIA is hosted by UCLPartners

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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.