The SBRI Healthcare Programme

The SBRI Healthcare programme has been part of NHS England’s innovation portfolio since 2013 and has awarded over £80 million to support innovation development.

SBRI Healthcare programme runs competitions launched on challenges identified as an unmet need by the NHS. This demand-led and challenge-driven approach is a key aspect and enables industry to respond directly to relevant NHS challenges. It feeds the innovation pipeline with products that have an existing demand from the NHS and so delivers the required technology-pull to enable adoption and spread.

SBRI Healthcare is funded by NHS England and supported through engaging with the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and NHS England’s clinical policy teams to develop the challenges.

The contract for delivering the programme management office of the SBRI Healthcare programme has been with Eastern Academic Health Science Network (Eastern AHSN) since 2013.

The aim of the programme is to:

  • Improve patient care
  • Increase efficiency in the NHS
  • Enable the NHS to access new innovations through research and development that solve identified healthcare challenges and unmet need
  • Bring economic value and wealth creation opportunity to the UK economy.

A review of SBRI Healthcare from 2013-18 has determined the following benefits of the programme:

  • £1.2 million patients benefiting from SBRI Healthcare across 1502 sites
  • £30 million savings to date for the NHS
  • Annual recurring savings to the NHS in England are £14.4 m, forecast to increase as adoption spreads, against expenditure in 2017/18 of £12.2 million
  • £185 million additional funding leveraged through grants and venture capital
  • Sixty SBRI Healthcare products on market and available to buy, with 21 companies exporting funded products.

There have been three different reviews into SBRI Healthcare, which looked at different aspects of the programme: the perspectives and engagement of industry (Rand Europe); the value secured to the NHS (PA Consulting); and the programme when compared with SBRI programmes across the UK Government (by David Connell). David Connell’s independent review of the SBRI was entitled “Leveraging Public Procurement To Grow The Innovation Economy” which was published in November 2017.

Further information can be found on the SBRI Healthcare website

The SBRI Healthcare Alumni Programme

The SBRI Healthcare Alumni Programme, led by the AHSN Network, is for companies that have received funding from NHS England through phase 2 SBRI Healthcare projects.  The programme facilitates the AHSNs’ support for SBRI Healthcare companies in achieving adoption of their products in the health and social care sector once their Phase 2 project has completed.