The Commercial & Innovation team at UCLPartners offer a wide range of services to our NHS partner organisations to develop and implement new innovations. We have three broad focus areas, depending on the readiness of the innovation:
We can offer both advice and support in the development process to organisations and their staff within our geography that have come up with innovative ideas or who are developing new technologies. This includes business mentorship, NHS Market Insight Briefings, development advice and signposting to our commercial partners such as investors, research partners, technical experts and more.
NHS organisations or individuals within our region that are thinking about or are already implementing an innovation can benefit from our advice and guidance along the way. We are also keen to enable this implementation and generate evidence and learnings that we can share with other interested NHS partners and stakeholders. Part of this support is about celebrating your efforts and we would like to promote the implementation process and story as and when appropriate.
Whether you are a clinical or non-clinical member of staff, please get in touch – we would love to hear more about your project.
For those organisations and individuals who have successfully implemented an innovation, we want to support its spread across the region and nationally to benefit patients far and wide. We have innovation networks in secondary and acute care, primary and community care and mental health, consisting of decision makers who may be interested in the work you have done.
In June 2020 we held our secondary care innovation network meeting, where our partners shared their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting included the following presentation on video consultations in ophthalmology by Moorfields Eye Hospital:
In the February 2021 secondary care innovation network meeting our partners shared a range of innovative approaches they have been implementing, including automated robotic solutions in the NHS and a digital programme to help patients with long COVID.
In June 2021, attendees saw presentations from The Green Plan agenda: Anaesthetic Gases Toolkit, Medovate on sending NHS innovation around the world, Sustainable Healthcare: sustainability in clinical practice and Definition Health on their total surgery solution. You can view them all here:
In September 2020 we held our first primary and community care network meeting where we brought together a range of examples of innovation, many of which have been triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch interviews on some of the innovations that were presented here:
At our March 2021 innovation network meeting, we heard from Dr Shabana Ali, GP and Redbridge CCG PCN Clinical Director, about heart rhythm monitoring technology, Fibricheck. This medical grade technology enables patients to check their heart rhythm with a smartphone app, that provides equal performance to a single-lead ECG and allows GPs to screen their high-risk patients efficiently. You can see more about it and the impact it has had here.
At the September 2021 meeting, Dr Harry Wyatt, GP and Head of Product, and Dr Umar Naeem Ahmad, CEO Abtrace, talked to the Network about their tool that translates large datasets into clinical recommendations, saving clinical time and costs.
In March 2022, we heard from from Dr Nishchay Mehta, ENT Consultant at University College London Hospital, on how they are using TympaHealth’s ear and hearing healthcare technology to support elective recovery.
In November 2020 we held events on ‘Challenges and solutions in NHS mental health services’ to capture the discussion around the needs of the NHS in the area and provide insight into the innovations that are addressing these needs. You can watch the films and presentations from the events here:
We also want to generate impact stories and content to celebrate your success and validate the efforts you have made to get your innovation into practice. For example this insightful blog by CEO of Neuroresponse on implementing their remote blood monitoring technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We work with the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative to accelerate the uptake of selected NICE-approved, cost-saving innovations into the NHS. The AHSN Network supports the Rapid Uptake Products programme and the MedTech Funding Mandate – find out more here.