NHS Innovation Accelerator

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and hosted at UCLPartners.

The aim of the NHS Innovation Accelerator is to deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit.

UCLPartners and the NHS Innovation Accelerator

The NIA was co-founded by NHS England and UCLPartners in 2015 to help drive innovation in the NHS. UCLPartners also hosts the NIA at our office. The NIA has since expanded and is now supported by all 15 AHSNs across England who each support the Fellows.

NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellows

17 fellows joined the NIA in 2015, an additional eight were recruited in 2016 and 11 more were added in 2017. See the full list of the NIA fellows and find out more about their innovations here.

Every year, the NIA looks for the best national and international healthcare innovators. To find out more you can email  NIA@uclpartners.com or follow @NHSAccelerator on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

​Watch the short video below to find out why the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is something the NHS should be really proud of. It has been made by the fantastic innovators who were supported by the NIA in 2015/16. In just a few short minutes they describe how the NIA has benefited their work and led to some incredible achievements that will benefit patients.


 NIA Partners

All 15 AHSNs in England provide a financial contribution to cover bursaries for Fellows and to support the costs of the NIA. These are:


A list of FAQs related to the NHS Innovation Accelerator can be found here.