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NHS England is calling on the best innovators from across the world to apply to join 2 schemes that aim to ensure NHS patients benefit from new technology faster.
Through the Innovation Technology Payment NHS England can directly fund a small group of proven innovations to help spread them at scale across the NHS. Over 7,000 patients have already benefitted from innovations that joined the programme this year, with a further 95,000 patients benefitting from the previous version of the programme.
Individual innovators are the focus of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, where they are provided with bespoke support such as mentoring to help spread their innovations across the NHS. Since it launched in 2015, 36 innovators representing 37 innovations have been supported with an additional 1,423 NHS sites using their innovations.
The Innovation Technology Payment (ITP) removes some of the financial & procurement barriers preventing successful innovations from being adopted into the NHS. For innovations to be eligible they have to be in use in at least 3 NHS sites and must be able to demonstrate the potential for a return on investment within a year of implementation.A second scheme, the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) provides bespoke support to innovators with compelling evidence-based innovations, to enable their innovations to be taken up at pace across the NHS. Eligible innovations must address one or more of the following priorities: prevention & early diagnosis (cancer, cardiovascular disease), mental health, primary care.