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.

Who should apply to the NIA?

The NIA call is open to all types of innovation (including digital, medtech, workforce and models of care) and welcomes applicants across a range of professional backgrounds (including clinical, academia, SMEs, large corporates, public-sector, charitable, and not-for-profit organisations).

The NIA particularly welcomes female applicants and applicants from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, as they are currently underrepresented amongst our Fellows.

The NIA does not support start-up or early-stage innovations. It supports mature innovations with an existing evidence base, already being used in the NHS or elsewhere, to spread. In doing so, the NIA captures and shares real-world insight, learning and expertise on how to spread new solutions across the NHS in England.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • How their innovation addresses one or more of this year’s themes:
    • NHS response to COVID-19
    • Mental health
    • Supporting the workforce
  • How their innovation leads to significant patient outcomes for significantly lower cost
  • That their innovation is supported by an evidence-base and is ready to be diffused across the NHS
  • A passion for learning and for sharing their insight widely
  • A commitment to scaling evidence-based innovations for patient and population benefit

Additionally, this year applicants are asked to demonstrate how their innovation addresses health inequalities, either by actively minimising inequality or by proactively ensuring the innovation does not exacerbate inequality.

All details on the application process, including access to the application portal, are available on the NHS Accelerator ‘Apply’ page: https://nhsaccelerator.com/apply-2021/

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