NHS trusts join national innovation support scheme focusing on testing innovations

NHS trusts have been selected to join the NHS InSites programme, which focuses on testing innovations in real-world settings, using a testing and evaluation model “co-developed by the participating Innovation Sites (InSites)”, along with NHS England, and Mid and South Essex ICS, who host the programme’s management office and coordination hub.

The InSites programme sets out five key aims, including evaluating and generating evidence for innovations, developing organisational capability and infrastructure of participating sites, and supporting the development of an NHS innovation culture and talent pool.

The first year of the programme included Birmingham Women’s and Children’s, Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, East of England Ambulance Service, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Mid and South Essex ICS, Milton Keynes University Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, Northumbria Healthcare, and Torbay & South Devon.

Innovations from the first year cohort included the use of AI to predict non-attendance to outpatient clinics, and a virtual reality platform to support children undergoing procedures and their families.

This year the new sites are Alder Hey Children’s, Buckinghamshire Healthcare, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Gloucester Hospitals, Guy’s and St Thomas’, Kings College Hospital, Norfolk and Waveney ICB, and the North West Ambulance Service.

The focus for this year will be around reducing waiting times, boosting system capacity, and supporting the NHS workforce.

Emily Faulkner, clinical innovation delivery lead at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: “It’s fantastic to be selected for this programme to give our staff the commercial skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully develop and spread innovation to directly benefit our patients. As an InSite, we are already working closely with system partners to ensure that all NHS staff have opportunities to learn about innovation and develop their skills and bright ideas into technology to improve local health services and care.”

To find out more about the InSites programme, please click here.

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