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Stevens launches innovation support scheme


8 July 2015

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The successful applicants of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme – a scheme supporting and assisting NHS innovation, have been announced and the scheme launched by Simon Stevens, NHS England’s Chief Executive.

The successful applicants of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme – a scheme supporting and assisting NHS innovation, have been announced and the scheme launched by Simon Stevens, NHS England’s Chief Executive.

Out of more than 120 applications 17 people have been selected, including innovators of high impact products, services, technologies and care models.

The scheme is designed to make evidenced healthcare innovations more widely available to patients.

Simon Stevens said: “There are, as I see it, two challenges for innovation: how to make signal out of noise and how to transition signal into behaviour change. We have high hopes on what this programme will deliver in helping us move towards the healthcare system of the future.”

The programme will support a broad range of innovations including: devices; healthcare applications; new models of care; online resources and technology platforms covering the clinical areas of cancer, mental health, multiple sclerosis, maternity care, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, liver disease and dementia.

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s medical director, said: “We have in this country a proud history of innovation and thriving science and medicine communities. There is the opportunity for us to become the fastest adopter of innovation in the world but there are barriers to this. Today marks the first step in understanding, with real clarity, what the blockers are so we can overcome them.”

See the full list of winning applicants here

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