The award-winning NHS Innovation Accelerator, or NIA, supports faster uptake and spread of high impact, evidence-based innovations across England’s NHS, benefitting patients, populations and NHS staff.
The NIA is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with the AHSNs. This national accelerator has a unique dual focus on personal development for individuals (‘Fellows’) and bespoke support to spread an innovation.
To date the NIA has successfully supported 49 Fellows representing 52 innovations.
Stephen Powys, National Medical Director NHS England, remarks “It is incredibly challenging to take a great idea for an innovation or service improvement through to a tangible product or sustainable model that can be delivered and deployed in order to benefit patients and NHS staff. The NIA focusses on supporting the individuals who have these innovative solutions – providing them with the infrastructure, connections and shared learning needed to enable implementation at scale and pace.”
NIA in the West of England
Here at the West of England AHSN, we have worked with a number of NIA Fellows including MIRA Rehab, the Joint Pain Advisor and the Low Carb Programme; predominantly through signposting to the right people in our member organisations.