NHS England is again issuing a call for the world’s “best healthcare innovations” to improve frontline patient care in a further round of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme.
Innovations introduced include online support for better management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), new-generation episiotomy scissors that “greatly reduce” the incidence of devastating obstetric injuries, and new ventilation tubes to cut the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia.
The latest round of the Innovation Accelerator will focus on the clinical priorities outlined in the Next Steps Five Year Forward View plan, including mental health, primary care and urgent and emergency care.
Under the scheme, successful innovators will be given a package of tailored support – including access to a 2017 bursary fund totalling £240,000 and mentoring from a team of experts – to help ideas gain traction within the health service.
NHS England said it has also opened a new Innovation Technology Payment system, designed to facilitate the faster spread of innovations stemming from medtech, diagnostic and digital sectors by removing certain financial and procurement barriers.