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Resources to support invention

Invention is the discovery phase in the innovation journey to help identify problems, challenges and opportunities, and review data and research. If you’re working at this stage of the innovation journey you’ll be generating ideas or refreshing old ones, and selecting the best ideas for testing.

If you would like to explore practical examples of how we used invention within our projects, visit the invention section of our 19/20 Annual Review.

Resources to support invention:

Development, Impact and You toolkitDevelopment, Impact and You toolkit
A toolkit created by Nesta on how to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. All tools are tried and tested.
Go to the toolkit

Thinking Differently

Thinking differently Guide
A practical introductory guide to thinking differently from NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. Read the introduction to find out why thinking differently is more than just the next new buzzword.
Go to the guide


A social media platform for healthcare professionals, users and innovators to meet, collaborate and co-design healthcare products and services for the future.
Visit hyvr


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


Design thinking Design thinking

A poster on Designthinking 101 from NN Group that shows the 6 stage process to support innovation development and information from ideo on the design thinking process. Go to the poster.