Innovation and adoption

WMAHSN supports members in the West Midlands to overcome historic barriers to adopting innovation by forming closer links between the NHS, industry and academia, investing in trials and promotion and providing practical support to clinicians and managers in building the case for change. The Innovation and Adoption Support Programme - for standard members - and Service for premium members provides the infrastructure to improve the scale and speed of adoption of safe and effective healthcare across the West Midlands.

Innovation and Adoption West Midlands - standard

In order to deliver on our priorities, and as well as our networks, we also take the following approach for our standard members. 


Our Meridian health innovation exchange is a pioneering interactive online exchange for anyone to share their innovations and ideas, build groups and networks and make contact with people whose innovations could change healthcare in the West Midlands. 

Meridian helps the NHS showcase their innovations, allows industry, social enterprises and academic institutions to collaborate with the NHS and industry on innovation challenges, matching innovations to NHS challenges and helping industry and social enterprises to understand and address the NHS’s barriers to adopting innovations.

Industry Innovation Gateway

The Industry Innovation Gateway, delivered by Medilink West Midlands, acts as a single point of entry for health technology and life sciences businesses to engage with the WMAHSN, providing an innovation pipeline that brings new ideas together with industry expertise and investment. The Industry Innovation Gateway also seeks to create and facilitate innovation and research and development programmes on behalf of industry, academia and clinical stakeholders, which will attract additional investment into the region.

With comprehensive networks across the healthcare and life sciences sector, the Industry Innovation Gateway provides essential connectivity to the clinical, academic, business, regulatory and finance communities, helping NHS organisations to form new collaborative partnerships and to navigate the increasing complex health innovation landscape.

The Industry Innovation Gateway can help you to form the links and collaborations needed to drive development and prosperity in the region, accelerate innovation, and optimise patient outcomes and economic growth in the West Midlands. The Gateway will support you by developing key relationships with appropriate companies and clinical groups with you, to assist the right innovations to evolve and move forward.

Working closely with MidTECH, the West Midlands NHS technology transfer office, the Industry Innovation Gateway helps to identify opportunities for collaboration with SMEs, supporting the commercialisation of NHS intellectual property, resulting in licensing and spin out opportunities for industry which will impact on wealth generation and employment, further contributing to the local economy. 

The Industry Innovation Gateway firmly believes it is critical to ensure that initiatives encompassing innovation within the NHS are not separate from those involving industry; they are unequivocally part of the same ecosystem and reap greater and faster rewards collaboratively than they do separately. 

To access this service, contact Chris Dyke, Connectivity Manager, on or 0121 452 5630, or Joanne Mewis, Services Manager, on or 0121 452 5630. 

Innovation and Adoption West Midlands - premium

In addition to all of the benefits of standard membership, for premium members WMAHSN provides skills, training and workforce development as part of the premium membership package through developing regional and local apprenticeships. As part of the Innovation and Adoption West Midlands premium service, WMAHSN is also investing in the development of an Innovation and Adoption Learning Community, with a series of premium members-only workshops on a range of topics, and also plans to develop and designate Innovation and Adoption Fellows for each premium member organisation. 

WMAHSN will help to identify financial support for NHS members, assisting them in finding new sources of public and private sector investment in their organisations in order to support innovation and adoption activities; for examples of this please refer to our 2016/2017 Annual Report at


The Innovation and Adoption West Midlands premium service provides enhanced access to the Meridian health innovation exchange which, along with all of the standard features, allows premium membership organisations to create their own bespoke innovation exchange environment in which they can manage their own campaigns and interactions. 

To access this service, contact Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager, on, 0121 371 8061 or 07921 567076.

Industry Innovation Gateway

Premium members are also provided with an enhanced industry liaison support function through the Industry Innovation Gateway, with access to an industry triage service which searches and filters for industry collaborators or suppliers of innovative technologies and services, and provides support and advice on regulation and compliance.

To access this service, contact Chris Dyke, Connectivity Manager, on or 0121 452 5630, or Joanne Mewis, Services Manager, on or 0121 452 5630.

Innovation Pathway

Premium members will receive access to the Innovation Pathway, a suite of practical adoption tools, guides and templates to assist premium member organisations in constructing business cases for the commissioning and procurement of innovation into services.

To access this service, go to Meridian and click on Tools > Useful tools (premium member password will be required)


As part of their package, NHS organisations joining the premium membership scheme will receive a year’s membership of MidTECH, the West Midlands NHS technology transfer office, worth £5,000 per year.

The NHS is full of individuals thinking about how to improve care in their clinical area, hospital or indeed the health service as a whole. MidTECH’s role is to offer the expertise necessary to turn those ideas into tangible products and services that can transform healthcare and have broad impact.

MidTECH provides a full intellectual property (IP) evaluation, protection and commercialisation services.  MidTECH exists to support innovators and to help individuals and organisations as a whole with innovation across the West Midlands, and works with most of the trusts in the region. MidTECH works with NHS trusts, NHS employees, the Industry Innovation Gateway and industrial partners to make a commercial reality of the countless great ideas that power the daily life within the health service.

To access this service, contact James Turner, Senior Innovation Manager, on, 0121 371 8041 or 07342 085994.

Past and current programmes


To access the Innovation and Adoption Support Programme/Service, contact Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager, on, 0121 371 8061 or 07921 567076.