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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 launches on 15 June, focusing 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 the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and hosted at UCLPartners – is now 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; with over £28M raised in external funding, 51 jobs created, 14 awards won, and ten innovations selling internationally. The third annual call, open until 26 July 2017, aims to recruit up to 12 new Fellows. These Fellows will be exceptional individuals with a passion and commitment for scaling innovation for greater patient benefit, and for sharing their learnings widely.

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 focussing 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

To find out more about the Fellows and innovations currently supported by the NIA, visit www.nhsaccelerator.com/fellows-and-innovations

Follow @NHSAccelerator on Twitter or search #NIA17call to see supporting testimonials and impact case studies from current Fellows.

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Invitation to ‘Meet the NIA’

Find out all you need to know about the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) by coming along to one of our ‘Meet the NIA’ information events.

Manchester: Wednesday 28 June 2017

Register here

London: Monday 3 July 2017

Register here

‘Meet the NIA’ gives you the opportunity to:

  • Hear more about the 2017 Call, including details of the application process
  • Find out about the benefits of being an NIA Fellow
  • Meet the NIA Team, including Programme Director and Co-Founder, Dr Amanda Begley
  • Learn what makes for a strong scaling plan
  • Access insight and learning from the NIA
  • Ask 2015 and 2016 Fellows about their experiences and progress made in scaling their innovations across the NHS and wider healthcare system

Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register today to confirm your place.

Who should sign up to these events?

This event will be useful for anyone considering applying for the 2017 NIA.

For 2017, the NIA is seeking local, national and international innovations that address the following NHS priorities:

  • Mental Health
  • Urgent and Emergency Care
  • Primary Care

You can be the inventor of your innovation, the lead for it within your organisation or simply the representative of an innovation you find compelling, and as such, wish to scale it across the NHS. Applicants, nationally and internationally, can be clinicians; academics; from a public-sector, charitable or not-for-profit organisation; from a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME); from a large corporate.