NHS Innovation Accelerator

Innovation and adoption

Partner Organisations

  • NHS England
  • UCLPartners
  • Eastern AHSN
  • East Midlands AHSN
  • Greater Manchester AHSN
  • Health innovation Network
  • Imperial College Health Partners
  • Innovation Agency (North West Coast)
  • Kent
  • Surrey
  • Sussex AHSN
  • Yorkshire and Humber AHSN


  • Long term conditions
  • Wellness and disease prevention

Date Initiated

16 June 2016

Project Status

In Progress

WMAHSN is working in partnership with NHS England and the AHSN Network to lead a new search for the world’s best health innovators to help improve patients’ lives. 

The NIA aims to improve lives through fast tracking cutting-edge, low-cost innovations to the forefront of the NHS.  In its first year, the NIA has supported 17 fellows to introduce their high impact, tried and tested innovations – ranging from apps and IT platforms to new models of care – into the NHS. This has resulted in a rapid roll-out of innovations to 68 NHS organisations, benefitting more than three million patients and delivering over £8m funding.  

NIA 2016 aims to find eight of the world’s top innovators to be supported to spread their innovations further and faster across the NHS. We are seeking innovators with new products, services, solutions or new ways of delivering care that address disease prevention, early detection and long term conditions.

Run by NHS England and UCLPartners in collaboration with the country’s Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), the NHS Innovation Accelerator has enabled clinicians to deliver care more efficiently and has empowered patients to combat, manage and understand their own illnesses better.

Innovators who are interested can find out more and apply online via NHS England’s website. Applicants have until 1 August to submit their application, and there will be opportunities to receive support in the application process during this time. 

Programme Outcomes

The planned outcome 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.

Programme Lead

Tony Davis
e: tony.davis@wmahsn.org
t: 0121 371 8061