NHS Innovation Accelerator

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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.

After a successful first year, NIA 2016 opened for applications from healthcare innovators on Friday 17 June and closed on 16 August.

This round of applications focussed on three challenges based on population health needs:

The successful applicants will be announced in November.

In its first year, the 17 fellows who joined the programme received support to take their high impact innovations to more than 345 NHS providers and commissioners, raised over £8.9m in funding and won 12 awards.

Each year, the NIA looks for the best national and international evidence-based healthcare innovators.

Developers of medtech devices and apps from around the world who wanted to join the new Innovation and Technology tariff, which provides a clear “route to market” for innovations were also welcome to apply through the NIA.

For the latest news and updates about the NHS Innovation Accelerator, follow us on twitter @NHSAccelerator or email NIA@uclpartners.com.

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 this year.

  • Access to mentorship from a range of experts and high profile mentors, representing a broad skills base:
    • Dr Sam Barrell, Chief Executive, Musgrove Park Hospital
    • Prof Sir John Burn, Non-Executive Director, NHS England
    • Professor the Lord Darzi, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London
    • Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Medical Director, Greater Manchester AHSN
    • Adrian Downing, Health Care Director, Concentra
    • David Fillingham, Chief Executive of Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA)
    • Dr Eliot Forster, Chairman Med City Ltd
    • Noel Gordon, Non-Executive Director, NHS England
    • Samantha Jones, Director of New Models of Care at NHS England
    • Professor the Lord Kakkar, Business Ambassador for Healthcare and Sciences, UKTI
    • Dr Thomas Lee, Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey
    • Professor Andrew Morris, Chairman and Centre Director, Farr Institute @ Scotland
    • Dr Caroline Sayer, Chair, Camden Clinical Commissioning Group
    • Dr Robert Winter, Small Business Research Initiative and Health Enterprise East
    • Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Director for Innovation
  • Pairing with an Academic Health Science Network Lead
  • 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

Additionally, we continue to build partnership with a range of complementary organisations to augment the support offer available to Fellows including:

  • Innovate UK
  • Digital Catapult
  • Enterprise Europe Network
  • Genomics England
  • Health Education England

NIA Partners

11 AHSNs provide a financial contribution to provide bursaries for Fellows and in support of the costs of the programme.  These are: