NHS Innovation Accelerator

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme was launched by NHS England in 2015 and focusses upon developed innovations which have an evidence base and are ready for scaling.

The three rounds in 2015 (17 innovations), 2016 (8 innovations) and 2017 (11 innovations) have seen significant patient and economic benefits. The support provided to the 25 Fellows in the first two rounds has resulted in 469 additional NHS providers and commissioners using NIA innovations nationally.  Moreover, £28m of external funding has been secured, 51 jobs have been created, 14 awards have been won and 10 innovations are now selling internationally.

These programmes are being delivered in partnership across the fifteen AHSNs nationally, along with other sponsors and national and international experts. Across the North East and North Cumbria, the AHSN is:

  • raising awareness of the ITP and NIA innovations with CCG and Trust Innovation Leads;
  • seeking opportunities for further showcasing;
  • developing share and spread communication materials which include the evidence base and impact; and
  • facilitating communication between local NHS organisations and the NIA fellows to support adoption.

Please contact Rachel Turnbull at the AHSN NENC for further information.