What is the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)?

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) delivers on NHS England’s Five Year Forward View commitment to change this and give more equitable access to high impact innovations. The 15 Academic Health Sciences across the UK have agreed to run the NIA as a national programme from 2016/17 in partnership with NHS England and currently designing the programme in more detail.

The NIA supports a wide range of innovations including:

• Genome analysis,
• Medical devices,
• IT platforms/ apps,
• Care pathways and models of care.

Following an open call in 2015, 17 SMEs were selected by the NIA. All have a passion to spread innovations for patient benefit and a willingness to share their experiences for system-wide benefit.

You can view the support diagram in PDF by clicking this link.

Examples of the Fellows and their innovations include:

Nervecentre – a whole hospital digital platform that enables doctors and nurses to carry out patient observations, handovers and clinical assessments electronically is now used in over 30 Trusts in the UK. An external report found:
• a 70% reduction in clinical incidents such as patients deteriorating because of a delay in finding the right doctor in time
• 100% reduction in avoidable deaths out of hours in hospitals where Nervecentre is used. (links?)

HealthUnlocked – a social network that allows patients and carers to connect to others living with similar conditions and undergoing similar experiences. It has recently partnered with Macmillan to provide cancer patients online access to personalised care plans. (links?)

Join Dementia Research – a national service which matches people interested in participating in dementia research with suitable studies. (links?)

The service now has:
• More than 13,600 people registered
• 3,500 enrolled in clinical trials
• 60 studies recruiting across 115 sites

Fellows and sharing the learnings
A key aim of the programme is to capture the real life experiences of the Fellows (who are they?? What do they do???) to help both other innovators scale more quickly and inform nationally what helps and hinders innovation so that system level barriers can be tackled once.