Adoption pathway


The stage of getting your product through NHS procurement and into clinical use. Business cases and clinical evidence will need to be presented to the relevant decision makers.



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The Oxford Academic Health Science Network has established a Clinical Innovation Adoption (CIA) programme, their aim is to achieve:

  • Continuous improvement in quality and value of care through innovation
  • Reduction of unwarranted variation to deliver a high standard of care across our region
  • Ultimately, innovation adoption embedded in local NHS planning and contracting for maximum impact

Each year the team identifies the best high impact innovations to be adopted at scale across our region. Candidates have to be ready to go to market and have a strong evidence base (i.e. are clinically proven and have an established health economics case). Other key criteria include:

  • Improving patient and clinical experience
  • Alignment to local/regional/national clinical priorities
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Relative ease of implementation

Innovators wishing to be considered should request an innovation submission form via [email protected] or by calling 01865 784963.

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