11 innovators join 2020 national accelerator

11 new innovators have joined The NHS Innovation Accelerator, a national programme from NHS England in partnership with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks.

The initiative supports fellows develop evidence-based innovation with a commitment to share their learnings.

Since 2015, £134.8m has been raised to support innovators reach healthcare organisations in the UK and internationally.

At a launch event for the 2020 national accelerator, Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement said “Right across the NHS patients are benefitting from world-beating innovations, spread as part of this programme, and now even more patients will be supported by new tools.”

The accelerator programme received over 100 applications and has now selected the innovations that were successful:

  • Fibricheck: A medically certified app (CE Class IIA, FDA approved) capable of the early detection of heart rhythm disorders, such as atrial fibrillation, using a smartphone or smartwatch
  • Health Navigator: AI-guided proactive health coaching to prevent avoidable urgent and emergency care
  • Locum’s Nest: A locum app that connects doctors to locum work in hospitals, while cutting out the inefficient, ineffective and expensive agency middleman
  • Management and Supervision Tool (MaST): A dashboard that uses predictive analytics to generate insights which support staff to deliver high-quality, effective mental health care by identifying those people who are most likely to require crisis services
  • MediShout: The world’s first platform to integrate all logistical departments in hospitals, giving clinicians an app to instantly report issues and using AI to predict future problems
  • MyPreOp: A cloud-hosted programme enabling patients to enter, own and share their preoperative assessment information
  • Patient Experience Platform (PEP): AI platform transforming healthcare and improving safety by empowering the digital voice of patients
  • QbTest: A CE-marked, FDA approved medical device that simultaneously measures attention, impulsivity and motor activity to speed up ADHD diagnosis and treatment evaluation
  • RIX Wiki: Software that enables people with learning disabilities to share personal health and care information for effective person-centred support in their communities
  • Safe Steps: Reducing the number of preventable falls in the ageing population through digital, evidence-based interventions
  • The WaterDrop: A low-cost, high-impact innovation that enables patients to easily access fluids at any time without needing to call for help to help prevent dehydration and avoidable intravenous drips.

Piers Ricketts, Chair of the AHSN Network “NIA Fellows have made a huge contribution to our health and care system since we started the programme five years ago, and we are proud to have supported these remarkable individuals on their development journey. It is gratifying to see their high-impact innovations gaining traction and visibility through our accelerator programme, and we are delighted that several NIA innovations have now had national impact in the NHS.”

“We look forward to working with the new NIA Fellows to help them scale and deploy their innovations across the country for the benefit of patients and the NHS.”