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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).

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is a national accelerator, hosted at UCLPartners, that supports the uptake and spread of proven, impactful innovations across England’s NHS, benefitting patients, populations and NHS staff.

Why was the NHS Innovation Accelerator set up?

The NIA was launched in July 2015 to support delivery of the Five Year Forward View, and more recently the NHS Long Term Plan, and it aims to:

  • Help create the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically in the NHS
  • Deliver innovation into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit
  • Learn from Fellows’ experiences so that others benefit from knowledge generated

NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellows

NIA Fellows are the exceptional individuals being supported to scale their promising innovations which are already in use in at least one site in the NHS or elsewhere. To date, the NIA has supported 72 Fellows representing 74 innovations. Each of the Fellows (and their innovations) have been through a rigorous, competitive selection process.

NHS Innovation Accelerator innovations

The NIA portfolio of innovations addresses significant challenges facing the health and care system in England.