Dr Liz Mear describes the importance of innovation in healthcare, in a video shown as part of ‘The Innovative Medic’ project run by the Medical School at Leeds University. This is part of a module which offers all year 2 and 3 medics a choice of enterprise-focussed projects which are different to their mainstream medical education.


We collaborate with the AHSN Network to spread innovation and best practice at greater speed, across the country.


This is through events, introductions, the online AHSN Network Atlas of Healthcare Innovations and our shared programmes and national NHS initiatives.


NHS National programmes of innovation

The AHSN Network are rolling out programmes of innovation on behalf of our national NHS commissioners, to benefit our regions. The nationally spread innovation programmes include products and practices which have evidence of impact and are ready for adoption.

NHS Innovation Accelerator

The NHS Innovation Accelerator is a joint programme between the AHSN Network and NHS England, which by early 2018 had helped 36 Innovation Fellows to raise a total of £40 million external funding; create 116 new jobs; and spread their products go 964 additional NHS providers and commissioners.

In the North West Coast there are two Innovation Fellows; Dave Burrows of Damibu in Liverpool, with their app CATCH – Common Approach To Children’s Health; and Liz Ashall-Payne of ORCHA, a health app finder platform provider, based in Daresbury. The Innovation Agency has supported both companies.

Clinical Entrepreneurs

We support entrepreneurial clinicians and in our region we have hosted events alongside NHS England National Clinical Lead for Innovation Professor Tony Young; offered mentorship and made introductions for the entrepreneurs with potential collaborators. 

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare

We help the AHSN Network to deliver the NHS England-funded SBRI Healthcare funding programme. This operates by setting a particular health care challenge in each round of funding, for businesses to develop innovative solutions. The awards result in fully funded development contracts between the NHS and the awarded company and in the five years to 2018, 12 businesses in our region have won a total of £8.2 million.

Innovation and Technology Tariff

An Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT) launched in April 2017 means that NHS providers and commissioners can be reimbursed via NHS England for implementing specified cost-saving, outcomes-based innovations. 

The Innovation and Technology tariff will help cut the hassle experienced by clinicians and innovators in getting uptake and spread across the NHS. It guarantees these innovations can be acquired at zero cost.

Innovation and Technology Payment

The NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) programme went live on 1 April 2018, in follow up to the  ITT.

Delivered in partnership with the Innovation Agency and the other 14 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), the ITP aims to remove barriers to the spread and adoption of innovative products or technologies (medical devices, digital platforms and technologies), and the need for multiple price negotiations.

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