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New 2017 cohort of NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellows announced

World-best innovations supporting Primary Care and Urgent and Emergency Care join NHS innovation Accelerator.

The NHS Innovation Accelerator welcomed 11 new fellows to the 2017 cohort yesterday, amongst these were ORCHA (the Organisation for the review of Care and Health Application), who are partners with the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network and Oviva, who are partners on the Sheffield City Region Perfect Patient Pathway Test Bed.

The 2017 cohort was chosen on their applications addressing three key priority areas: Urgent and Emergency Care, Mental health and Primary Care.

The 2016 cohort shared their learning from the programme and offered insights to the new 2017 fellows including: the Importance of finding a cash saving, selling the vision of where the innovation sits in a ten year journey, making it easy for organisations to purchase the innovation and listen to negative feedback and learn from it.

Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive said: “Modern medicine is on the cusp of a huge shift in how care is delivered, and practical innovations like these show how NHS patients will now directly benefit. More tests and patient monitoring will be done at home or on the move, without the need to pitch up to a doctor’s appointment or hospital outpatients.”

Ian Dodge, National Director for Strategy and Innovation at NHS England, said: “Since it started the NHS Innovation Accelerator has continued to deliver for patients and the taxpayer. It’s just one of the ways that the NHS is getting its act together to provide practical help for innovators with the best ideas. From a small investment, we are already seeing very big benefits – safer care for patients, better value for taxpayers, new jobs created and export wins.”

Mike Hannay, Chair of the NHS AHSN Network, said: “As a national NHS AHSN Network we remain committed to supporting the NIA to ensure that as many residents, patients and staff as possible can access these innovations, which support primary care and urgent and emergency care needs. We look forward to working with the new Fellows over the coming months to deliver these innovations at scale across the country.”

The 11 new Innovators are:

  • Alistair Martin for the digital app WaitLess. Launched in 2016, the app shows patients the fastest place to access urgent care services for minor conditions.
  • Asma Khalil for the new care pathway HaMpton, which monitors hypertension in pregnant women at home through an app and alerts women if they need to attend hospital.
  • Dave Burrows for his CATCH (Common Approach to Children’s Health) app. The digital app offers guidance and support to parents so they can provide self-care for their child.
  • Debbie Wake for the patient platform ‘My Diabetes My Way.’ This is an online self-management platform for people with diabetes – incorporating advice, multimedia education and peer support.
  • Karina Allen – Leads on the FREED (First episode Rapid Early Intervention service for Eating Disorders) care model. The care model provides an early response intervention for young people with a short illness duration by overcoming barriers to early treatment and recovery.
  • Katherine Ward for Dip.io – a urinalysis device, to allow for urine testing at home which can then be photographed on a smart phone and sent to the patients’ GP.
  • Liz Ashall-Payne –founder of ORCHA, provider of a live resource of reviewed health and care apps which can be downloaded through the I.T. platform.
  • Melissa Morris –for the development of the platform Lantum, which is a cloud based tool allowing empty shifts to be filled by NHS bank staff.
  • Mike Hurley for his Escape-pain rehabilitation programme. The plan allows patients self-management of arthritic pain in a six week programme by helping them understand their problem and improve their lives.
  • Myles Murray, for his invention RespiraSense. The monitor allows early detection of patient deterioration, 12 hours earlier than the current method, through a wireless sensor which is attached to the patient and measures the movements of the chest and abdomen.
  • Olivia Hind – Oviva Diabetes support which is a fully remote, technology enabled programme providing patients  individualised care, comprising 1-to-1 support with a dietitian, onlline educational materials and use of the Oviva app.

The NHS Innovation accelerator programme was launched in 2015 by the AHSN Network and NHS England to accelerate the adoption and spread of innovations at pace and scale.

Closing thoughts were delivered by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair of the NIA Programme Board and Medical Director at NHS England.

Sir Bruce highlighted the current challenges faced by the NHS and announced that he will remain chair of the NIA Programme Board.

To find out more about the 11 innovators please click here.