NHS England and the UK government have issued an open invitation for expressions of interest from people with innovative ideas, from any sector in the UK or overseas, who want to test innovative schemes for the delivery of health services.
The “Testbeds Programme”, working in partnership with the academic health science networks (AHSNs), aims to identify roughly five promising test beds to receive national support in implementing innovative approaches to meeting local clinical needs. The test beds could include cross-sector partnerships between GPs, hospitals, community health teams, social care and / or the voluntary sector.
NHS open to global innovation: healthcare leaders launch search for best new ideas from around the world. London: NHS England, March 26th 2015.
This relates to:
Test Beds. London: NHS England, March 26th 2015.
See also, the NHS England / Department of Health prospectus:
Real world testing of ‘combinatorial innovation’: a global invitation to innovators. London: NHS England AHSN Network [and] Department of Health, March 26th 2015.
“The NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, set out the intention to develop a small number of ‘test beds’. These sites will evaluate the real world impact of new technologies offering both better care and better value for taxpayers, testing them together with innovations in how NHS services are delivered”.
Expo-nential Innovations (Wordplay Permitted)
An overview of NHS England’s achievements in innovation will be presented at Expo 2015.
Time for the NHS to embrace Expo-nential Innovation – Dr Mahiben Maruthappu. London: NHS England, August 28th 2015.