Now entering its fourth year, the NIA is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Since it launched in July 2015, the NIA has supported the uptake and spread of 37 high-impact, evidence-based innovations across more than 1,700 NHS sites.
Each of the new innovations joining the NIA this year offer solutions supporting priority areas for England’s NHS: Mental Health, Primary Care and early diagnosis and prevention of cancer. Their recruitment onto the NIA follows an international call and robust selection process, including review by over 100 clinical, patient and commercial assessors, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS Medical Director, said:
“The NHS Long Term Plan puts the latest technology and innovation at the heart of people’s care and the future of our health service. Right across the NHS patients are benefitting from world-beating innovations, spread as part of this programme.”
Dr Séamus O’Neill, Chair of the AHSN Network, said:
“The NHS Innovation Accelerator is one of the flagship programmes of the AHSN Network. We are very proud of the impact it is having in supporting innovators across the NHS and social care. Many very promising NIA innovations have benefitted from visibility and evidence generation through the AHSNs. It is gratifying too that we are already seeing a number of the NIA innovations getting traction in terms of adoption and spread with patient and population benefit as a consequence. We look forward to working with the new NIA Fellows over the coming months to develop and deploy these life-saving innovations at scale across the country.”
Amy Manning, S12 Solutions’ Managing Director, said:
“It’s such an honour to become an NIA Fellow and contribute to a prestigious initiative that’s supporting NHS priorities. I’m certain that the NIA’s invaluable support, knowledge and networks will accelerate S12 Solutions’ adoption, and help us make a difference to more patients, Approved Mental Health Professionals and s.12 Doctors in more areas across the country. I’m so thankful to everyone who has supported me and S12 Solutions so far and I can’t wait to get started on the next stage of our journey.”