The Innovation Scouts are a community of practice for innovation and entrepreneurial enthusiasts. They are offered a programme of activity delivered by our Coaching Academy, including networking opportunities and skills and knowledge development, exploring the latest thinking on innovation.
Initially, the Scouts were drawn solely from NHS organisations but now the community includes innovators from all backgrounds working in health and care settings, including social entrepreneurs and individuals from system-wide programmes and networks.
Our aim is to target the right individuals with the support they need to succeed as innovators and to help them make valuable connections across different health and care settings.
Innovation Exchange Network
A more formal Innovation Exchange Network helps to connect the Innovation Agency to our local systems – NHS organisations, local authorities, GP federations/primary care networks, clinical networks and STP/ICS programme work streams.
Members use the network to share the innovations of their organisation and to learn about innovations from elsewhere, relevant to their workplace. They receive information from the Innovation Agency about solutions which have a national seal of approval, having been well evaluated in an appropriate setting and backed by NHS commissioners.
Network members are senior connectors in their part of the system and we support them with an identified link person within the Innovation Agency, with bespoke offers such as solution finding, support for service improvement work and coaching for development of innovative practices.
Some individuals will be both Innovation Scouts and members of the Innovation Exchange Network. For more information, email Juliette.Kumar@InnovationAgencyNWC.nhs.uk.
We host the North West Coast Q Community on behalf of the Health Foundation, bringing together people with improvement skills in our region. We support recruitment, provide networking opportunities both face to face and online, and offer other themed learning exchanges driven by community members.
More information about Qs here.