Three million patients have begun to access new apps, safety devices, online networks and a host of other new technologies and services during the first nine months of a pioneering NHS programme.
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme was launched last year to help introduce new innovations into the NHS and its success after just nine months was highlighted at the UK eHealth week conference this week. 67 NHS organisations are using one or more of 17 new innovations which aim to improve care by, for example, reducing clinical incidents, helping people self-care and linking up patients with others or with research schemes.
17 NIA Fellows, each representing an evidence-based innovation, are being supported to take their innovative technology or service to an increasing number of patients at a greater pace in a bid to improve patient care and help put the NHS on a financially sustainable footing.
The Fellows have, to date, raised more than £8m from external sources, an eight-fold increase on the Accelerator’s initial investment of £950,000. They have received mentorship by high profile leaders in healthcare and access peer to peer support and learning events. NHS England has helped unblock systemic barriers to spreading innovation and the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have assisted in getting them adoption into clinical practice.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s Medical Director, said: “There is a real need across the NHS to speed up the process of innovation – from initial invention right through to mass uptake of the most successful across the health and care system. Together with their mentors, who are some of the most high-profile leaders in England, the innovation fellows will provide models and lessons for us all in how to do that.”
The innovations include:
Professor Sir David Fish, Managing Director of UCLPartners, said: “Innovation is all about working together to address defined needs for patients, staff and the care system - embedding and delivering innovation as we transition to place-based systems of care. Through access to expertise and support networks, the fellows have made tremendous progress in getting innovations into practice. This is leading to real benefits for patients and will inspire a future generation of innovators.”
NHS Innovation Accelerator Programme Founder Dr Mahiben Maruthappu said: "We are supporting the roll-out of life-saving technologies in record time. The NHS is entering an innovation revolution. These results, although early, show that the NHS is ready for it."
The Fellows have received mentorship by high profile leaders in healthcare and access to peer to peer support and learning events. NHS England has helped unblock systemic barriers to spreading innovation and the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks have assisted in getting them adoption into clinical practice.