Are you an international business looking to access NHS markets?

The Innovation Agency can help you

Uniquely positioned in the NHS, the Innovation Agency is part of the AHSN Network which was established in 2013 to act as the key innovation arm of the NHS.  As the only body that connects NHS and academic organisations and industry, we help to create the right conditions to introduce innovation into the system. 

As part of a large national network operating across England, we are able to work locally and nationally, helping businesses to connect with the right stakeholders and key opinion leaders.


Working with the NHS

Working with the NHS in England offers significant market opportunities for medtech companies as well as a globally respected ecosystem for conducting research and development.

The NHS is an attractive market for European start-ups and scale-ups, while the health service in the north of England offers a particularly supportive environment for businesses involved in research >>

The NHS is the fifth largest employer in the world, with 1.7 million workers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The NHS net expenditure is in excess of £125bn and it is estimated that the NHS spends £6bn annually on medtech deployed across 135 acute non-specialist trusts, 17 acute specialist trusts, 54 mental health trusts, 35 community providers, 10 ambulance trusts and more than 7,000 GP practices.


EIT Health Bridgehead programme

The Innovation Agency is an active participant in the EIT Bridgehead programme, supporting European start-ups and scale-ups with bespoke packages of support. Our international team has great collective experience in supporting businesses to collaborate with the NHS.

The Innovation Agency is an established catalyser for the Bridgehead programme with a track record of supporting healthcare companies with their ambitions to bring their products and services to the UK market.


How we can help

Our support packages include:

  • Market engagement
  • Value proposition development
  • Market data analysis
  • Reimbursement
  • Business case development
  • Regulatory support
  • Procurement
  • Investment
  • Infrastructure

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