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Who are we?

The National Innovation Centre is an integral part of the English NHS providing pre-commercial innovation development support to innovators from the NHS, industry and academia for the benefit of patients and the NHS by:

  • supporting the identification and development of technology-driven innovation that offers the potential to deliver significant improvements in clinical outcomes, care delivery and service efficiency across the NHS;
  • identifying, validating and articulating unmet clinical needs and responding to those needs with calls to action to develop appropriate solutions;
  • supporting innovators with “seed” funding and a range of practical development support, tools and resources; and
  • showcasing promising innovations to the NHS.

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Why are we?

Innovation Health and Wealth describes the gap between the invention of new ideas and identification of best practice and their adoption and spread. Searching for and applying innovative approaches to delivering healthcare must be an integral part of the way the NHS does business. Doing this consistently and comprehensively will dramatically improve the quality of care and services for patients.

The NHS National Innovation Centre works in true collaboration and partnership with frontline healthcare professionals, industry and researchers and creates the right environment and infrastructure that will enable pioneering technology innovation to flourish and deliver significant and measurable improvements in clinical outcomes and productivity.

Where are we?

We currently operate as part of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. As such, we are based in their building on the campus of The University of Warwick.

i-House
University of Warwick Science Park
Millburn Hill Road
COVENTRY
CV4 7HS

What do we do?

The NIC provides a range of innovation development support to innovators from the NHS, Industry and Academia including:

  • supporting the identification and development of technology-driven innovation that offers the potential to deliver significant improvements in clinical outcomes, care delivery and service efficiency across the NHS;
  • identifying, validating and articulating unmet clinical needs and responding to those needs with calls to action to develop appropriate solutions;
  • supporting innovators with “seed” funding and a range of practical development support, tools and resources; and
  • showcasing promising innovations to the NHS.

The National Innovation Centre (NIC) welcomes pre-commercial innovation ideas which can be submitted to us via the “Submit Ideas” section of our website for assessment and possible development funding and support.

Innovations attracting NIC support gain access to development funding and support from a range of partners in the public and private sector to speed up the development process whilst ensuring innovations become NHS market-ready so that patients and the service can benefit at the earliest opportunity. We have access to a wide range of specialist expertise and support to aid the design, development, implementation and evaluation of potential products and services.

How are we doing it?

The NIC provides comprehensive innovation development support across five stages of pre-commercial development.

ID1 - Proactive Innovation Development Support - Identifying and validating unmet clinical and service needs
NIC “Wouldn’t It Be Great If” incubator workshops (WIBGI™) provide first-hand knowledge of NHS based staff, patient and service needs.  The NIC focuses on the major health challenges outlined in the NHS Outcome Framework domains and brings professionals, academics, policy leaders and industry together to identify areas of significant unmet clinical need within a specific specialty area. The events are engineered so as to elicit unmet clinical and service needs and communicate them to industry in order that solutions can be developed.
ID1 - Reactive Innovation Development Support – The NIC Innovation Assessment Tool
The NIC has developed an “Innovation Self Assessment” tool to assist any innovator in conducting an objective and holistic self-review of their innovation and to encourage all key success factors to be considered. In addition the NIC Assessment Tool is used by innovators to submit ideas or technologies/devices in development for professional assessment and in order to access development funding and support. This support is provided to develop the innovation at a more rapid pace than may otherwise have been the case.
ID2 – Development support to design the solution
The NIC provides support to validate the viability of the proposed solution through rigorous health economics assessment, market analysis and business plan development to answer key questions to demonstrate the true potential of the idea/product. Part of this assessment is aimed to inform the design of future evaluation studies to provide the right evidence base for NHS decision makers. Support is also provided to validate the envisaged functional design with the potential user base and conducting option analysis, producing design specifications, product functional specifications and manufacturing options. Intellectual property advice is also available at this stage of development.
ID3 – Development support to develop the opportunity
At this stage the NIC provides support in selecting the design methodology, linking the innovator up with partner organisations to build a prototype, reviewing how the results obtained may impact the original business plan and user attractiveness. Support is provided to undertake low volume manufacture and to conduct performance tests and evaluate results against the original solution specification.
ID4 – Development support to demonstrate the benefits
Once the design is finalised and agreed the NIC can broker access to potential investors with an interest and track record in the relevant sector with a view to securing first round venture capital funding. In addition, the NIC can provide a range of support to demonstrate regulatory compliance, conduct evaluation studies and create the final business plan. An adoption readiness assessment is performed to assess the likely impact on current service delivery and the likely barriers to adoption, identifying and developing solutions to reduce the risk of market failure when the product/solution becomes commercially available.
ID5 – Development support to distribute the solution
Support is provided to establish processes to manage successful production and distribution as well as managing any changes to the solution/product. The NIC works closely with NHS Supply Chain linking up the innovation procurement process to secure forward procurement opportunities. A further economic assessment is appropriate at this stage to confirm longer term efficacy, clinical outcomes and user satisfaction.


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