DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator programme aims to speed up the adoption of technology in London’s NHS, relieving high pressure on services and empowering patients to manage their health.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator works with up to 20 high potential SMEs over a 12-month period, giving bespoke support and advice, a programme of expert-led workshops and events, and brokering meaningful connections between innovators and NHS organisations with specific challenges.

Each SME is assigned an NHS Navigator, an experienced professional from the NHS with the expertise to share advice on products in development, NHS navigation and business models.

Support focuses on areas specific to individual companies’ needs and may include helping to refine products to meet NHS need, showcasing innovations in health facilities and market access and navigation.


To date the Accelerator has supported 105 SMEs with 114 new pilots and contracts directly related to our support.

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For every £1 spent on the programme it is estimated that over £14 is saved for the NHS.

This NHS delivered programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (please see our partners for more information).

In April 2020 DigitalHealth.London commissioned an interim evaluation of its flagship Accelerator programme.

 Key stats:

98% of SMEs reported the professionalism of the programme to be excellent or good.

 91% have or will apply lessons learnt on the Accelerator. 

 For every £1 spent by the NHS (through London’s AHSNs) on the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, £14.50 is saved.

 Employment, due to the programme, is estimated to have increased by 513 new jobs, at a cost per job of £4,926 when assessing value for money.

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Dr Jo Garland, Clinical Lead at Infinity Health talks about how almost everything the business achieves is in some way down to their involvement with the Accelerator.
Dr Felix Jackson, Founder and Medical Director at medCrowd, talks about how the Accelerator helped his company “pivot.”
Vivek Patni, Co-Founder and Director at Lavanya, and Chris Whittle, Founder and CEO at Q doctor, talk about how the Accelerator has helped connect their companies to NHS organisations, and support them with setting up NHS pilots and contracts.

Joachim Werr, CEO, Heath Navigator, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator 2018/19

The most valuable thing for us has been the connections made with executives and decision makers within NHS organisations, and with central NHS policy makers, for example in NHS England, and NHS improvement. Our NHS Navigator, combined with the expertise within the Accelerator’s network have helped us reach the people that can make change happen in the NHS.

Nader Alaghband, CEO Ampersand Health, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator 2019/20

The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme has supported us in engaging with experts in the field and in refining our product to meet the needs of healthcare systems.

Anas Nader, CEO and co-founder, Patchwork Health, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator 2019/20

“We were delighted to join the 2019-20 cohort of DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator, a brilliant programme speeding up adoption of digital health innovations in the NHS. The programme has provided us with opportunities to connect with industry experts as well as other healthtech innovators. I’d encourage companies like ours with good ideas and big ambitions to apply.”