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New NHS innovation network to support local health and care

10 July 2019

Key NHS leads came together to discuss how best to overcome local barriers to innovation and use technology to solve local challenges, when UCLPartners hosted the first regional NHS Innovation Network meeting in June.

The event was well attended by senior NHS and Health and Care Partnership (HCP) representatives leading on “innovation” for their organisations across the UCLPartners region. Delegates were drawn from a range of work areas including innovation, digital innovation, digital transformation, performance, quality, strategy, clinical information and commissioning.

The meeting considered the ways that UCLPartners can best support NHS leads by building a cross-organisational network of colleagues and “innovation buddy system” to share experience and learning. Meeting delegates also agreed a shared goal of articulating and collating core NHS needs to guide the development of appropriate solutions.

UCLPartners’ Managing Director Charlie Davie opened the event with a discussion on using the power of networks and relationships to benefit patients in specific priority areas of focus. The meeting went on to focus on the new 2019/20 products from the Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) programme, additional supported products, and UCLPartners’ real world validation services offer for NHS organisations.

Piyush Jain and Sean Gilchrist from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Sarah Mills from Mid Essex, Basildon, and Southend NHS Trust shared their experiences of their recent successful implementations of new technologies.

“We are delighted to support local NHS technological innovation by hosting this network,” said Rob Berry, Commercial Director (interim) at UCLPartners. “It was great to see senior representation at this forum from most of our partner organisations.”

“We will meet again in six months’ time to network, update and share learnings,” commented Sarujan Ranjan, Health Technology Advisor at UCLPartners. “In the meantime, I look forward to collaborating with colleagues across this network to explore the practical ways we can join up to drive and support innovation in the NHS.”

Notes for Editors

  1. NHS and HCP leads in the UCLPartners region with an interest in technological innovation are invited to become involved in this network. Contact for more details.
  2. UCLPartners covers 26 boroughs across North East London, North Central London, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, Luton, Mid and South Essex, Hertfordshire, West Essex and North Essex.