The Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme (InHIP) aims to support systems to adopt evidenced based innovations to narrow local healthcare inequalities. The national programme – commissioned by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) and delivered by each of England’s 15 AHSNs alongside Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) – aims to:

  • increase NHS awareness and adoption of evidence-based innovations and interventions supporting the reduction of healthcare inequalities
  • improve access, experience and/or outcomes for under-served populations
  • identify gaps in evidence and research in order to stimulate development of innovation
  • develop ICS capacity and capability in tackling healthcare inequalities

Innovations and technologies include medicines, diagnostics, devices, and digital products approved by NICE since 2017.

What drivers are informing InHIP?

Closely aligned with Core20PLUS5, InHIP seeks to improve access, experience and outcomes for Core20PLUS population groups, including those living in areas of high deprivation, ethnic minority communities and other inclusion health groups. Core20PLUS5 is a national NHS England approach to support the reduction of health inequalities at both national and system level.

InHIP projects must focus on one or more of the five clinical priorities within the national Core20PLUS5 strategy: maternity, severe mental illness, chronic respiratory disease, early cancer diagnosis and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Our projects will focus on CVD through lipids optimisation.

What support is the West of England AHSN and AHSN Network providing?

The West of England AHSN will provide project management and coordination support. Projects will also receive the following InHIP support:

  • advice on innovation, community engagement and healthcare inequalities improvement
  • practical support to identify and deliver effective healthcare solutions to address identified priorities at pace and scale
  • support to deliver meaningful change and discharge their statutory health inequalities duties as outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2022
  • opportunities to highlight potential gaps in available innovations to inform horizon scanning and demand signalling prioritisation processes
  • opportunities to take part in a programme of educational webinars and community of practice meetings to share learning across systems

Find out more

For more information, please contact Senior Project Manager, Charlotte Hallett or Deputy Director of Service and Systems Transformation, Clare Evans via weahsn.transformation@nhs.net.

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