This phase in the innovation journey is all about experimenting, prototyping, testing and making a business case for your idea.

‘Developing and testing’ is the experimentation phase where an idea is converted into a draft or prototype. Testing will help determine whether the idea can be further developed – or learnings taken from the work if it is ultimately abandoned.

‘Making the case’ is where further advanced testing is considered and the potential for the idea alongside any further research to develop an evidence base for the potential quality, efficiency or economic benefits. These findings can subsequently be incorporated into a business case for future funding or a trial or implementation.

If you would like to explore how innovation has shaped our work, please review the innovation section of our 19/20 Annual Review.

Resources to support innovation:

Experienced Based Design
An introductory guide from NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to support the design of better experiences for patients, carers and staff. With supporting tools available online.
View the Experienced Based design guide


Engineering better care

Systems change: Engineering better care
A guide from the Royal Academy of Engineering, co-produced with engineers, clinicians and healthcare leaders. This guide presents a framework to apply an engineering approach to health and social care transformation in service design and improvement.
View the systems change guide and the systems change website

The Innovation Exchange
Our Innovation Exchange provides the support you need at any stage of your innovation. Get access to all our business services in one place as well as local and national funding opportunities.
Visit the Innovation Exchange


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