7 March 2019


The NHS spends approximately £6 billion a year on medical technology, also known as MedTech, such as medical devices, equipment and digital tools. It is an industry that accounts for more than 86,000 jobs in the UK, almost a third of which are in small companies, and supports an additional 24,600 service and supply roles.

A new report from the AHSN Network – of which the Innovation Agency is a member – provides an essential guide for companies looking to successfully develop and roll out innovations in this complex and diverse industry, focused on the MedTech innovation pathway. It includes a foreword by Piers Ricketts, Chief Executive of Eastern AHSN and Vice Chair of the AHSN Network.

Mike Kenny, Associate Commercial Director at the Innovation Agency, said: “This is a really important and timely report. From the perspective of the North West Coast, we have some of the most innovative MedTech companies in the country on our doorstep and we are continuing to forge excellent relationships with a large number of them.

“We are nurturing a cluster of medical technology companies in the region – known as the HealthTech cluster – that will give them the leverage to access the health market and ensure their innovations are successfully adopted. The ultimate aim is to meet the needs of the health service and deliver better outcomes for patients.”

The MedTech Landscape Review will be launched formally at an event to be held jointly with one of our partners, the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI), on 20 March and introduced by Piers.

In the meantime, the report is available to download, featuring case studies, statistics and practical advice for navigating each step of the MedTech Innovation pathway.

North West HealthTec Cluster first anniversary Read more

A year of life-changing innovation, award-winning business and dynamic collaboration have marked the first year of the HealthTec Cluster for the North West.

Helping hand for hospital hygiene Read more

I retired about two and a half years ago from Alder Hey but I have gone back three days a week as a Consultant Medical Microbiologist, in response to COVID-19. I have to follow the same social distancing restrictions as..

Psychosexual therapy by Whatsapp video Read more

I am a psychosexual therapist working part time for the NHS and also independently for privately referred clients. I am service lead in Blackburn with Darwen and am also supervising a registered nurse, Rachel, who is undertaking a Master’s..

The importance of reaching out to others Read more

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Debbie Parkinson, PPI Lead for the Innovation Agency, describes how reaching out to others helped her through COVID-19

All the latest from the Innovation Agency...