NHS accelerator launches international call for high-impact innovations to join its 2017 cohort

A new search for the world’s best healthcare innovations to help improve patients’ lives launched on 14 June, focussing on key NHS priorities including mental health, primary care, and urgent and emergency care.

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative supported by all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) – is recruiting up to 12 Fellows representing high-impact, evidence-based innovations, sourced nationally and internationally, which address one or more of the following challenges:

  • Mental health: To ensure that people at risk of or experiencing mental health problems can rapidly access effective and convenient care and support.
  • Urgent and emergency care: To provide highly responsive, effective and personalised solutions for people with or at risk of developing urgent and emergency care needs.
  • Primary care: To support and strengthen primary care in its aim to ensure high levels of quality, satisfaction and timely access to diagnosis and treatment as close to home as possible.

The NIA aims to accelerate uptake and spread of high-impact innovations across England’s NHS. In its first 20 months, the accelerator has:

  • supported 25 Fellows to deliver uptake of innovations in 469 additional NHS organisations
  • raised over £28m in external funding
  • created 51 jobs created
  • won 14 awards.

Ten innovations selling internationally.

The call is open to local, national and international health and industry innovators, SMEs, clinicians and academics. Applicants have until midnight on 26 July 2017 to apply, with opportunities to sign up to face-to-face events and online webinars to receive additional support in the application process.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director at NHS England and Chair of the NIA Programme Board, commented: “Through the NIA programme we have been able to match entrepreneurial endeavour with need in the NHS, and the consequence of that matching is that we have been able to show very real and tangible benefit for patients and rapid uptake of new innovations. This is something that the NHS should be really proud of.”

Liz Mear, Chair of The AHSN Network, said: “Mental health, primary care, and urgent and emergency care have been identified as national service improvement priorities in 2017-18. By focusing this year’s NIA call on global innovations that can address and support key challenges in these areas, we can ensure that as many patients, local populations and NHS staff can access these life-changing solutions.”

  • For more information and to apply, visit www.nhsaccelerator.com/apply
  • The Oxford AHSN is working with innovators from earlier NIA cohorts developing patient safety devices in critical care – read more here