Individual innovators are the focus of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, where they are provided with bespoke support such as mentoring to help spread their innovations across the NHS.
Since it launched in 2015, 36 innovators representing 37 innovations have been supported with an additional 1,423 NHS sites using their innovations.
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)provides bespoke support to innovators with compelling evidence-based innovations, to enable their innovations to be taken up at pace across the NHS. Eligible innovations must address one or more of the following priorities: prevention and early diagnosis (cancer, cardiovascular disease), mental health, primary care.
Innovations supported on the latest round of the NIA include:
- WaitLess – An app that shows patients with minor injuries where they can go to access the quickest treatment, using real time waiting times and traffic/travel information.
- Dip.io – A tool that provides patients with clinically accurate urine analysis from home in a matter of minutes, helping to identify Chronic Kidney Disease and UTIs as well as pre-eclampsia in pregnant women. Patients perform a dipstick test at home and then, using the app, take a picture of the dipstick against a special backing. The analysis is then sent through the app directly to the patient’s doctor for diagnosis.
Applications for the NIA are open until midnight on 24 October 2018, should be made on the NHS Innovation Accelerator website.