Innovation Scouts 

NWC Innovation Scouts

The Innovation Agency has a crucial role in the spread and adoption of innovation across the region but we can't do it alone! We are here to create a movement which is inclusive of all the NHS and Academic institutes with key industry partners.

The Innovation Scouts Programme has been specifically designed to offer our NHS Partners an opportunity for a senior manager/leader to work with other like-minded individuals across the region to understand the challenges and cultural implications needed to increase the adoption of innovative practices/technologies or treatments. Having a named individual in every NHS organisation will help us collectively provide a consistent and collaborative approach to delivering key innovations and service improvements across the NWC region.

The role of an Innovation Scout is to encourage a culture of innovation within their organisations and to proactively promote and encourage adoption of evidence-based innovations, integrating it as a core process and embedding in staff behaviours.

Whilst there is no remuneration for undertaking the role there is a comprehensive support package which includes workshops, bespoke support, coaching and training. The supporting organisation has already made a commitment to being part of the AHSN and to support their named Innovation Scout to bring the benefits of being part of the programme back into their organisation. 


Core Values

Structured in approach and open to new ideas; seeks information and evidence to develop options and to inform actions.

Does what is right and what is necessary to champion innovation.

Works with, supports and inspires others to make a positive difference to patient safety, outcomes and experiences.

Valuing people
Engages with and shows appreciation and compassion for the needs and circumstances of others.

Outcomes focused
Focuses attention and efforts on agreeing and delivering realistic improvements that enhance the work of colleagues and deliver better patient care.


Programme Leads

Lisa Butland
Director of Innovation and Research