Creative thinkers sought to lead innovation in the NHS in England

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 29 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4793
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

NHS England has launched a plan to recruit a selection of the world’s “leading thinkers and innovators” to help accelerate innovation in the UK health service.

Applications are being invited to apply for the NHS Innovation Fellowship, a new scheme that will appoint around 15 to 20 individuals each year to work with clinicians and leaders in the NHS to help kick-start new projects.

NHS England said that the scheme, launched in response to the government’s 2011 report, Innovation Health and Wealth: Accelerating Adoption and Diffusion in the NHS,1 was designed to foster new approaches that would improve patient care and deliver value for money.

The fellowship will be coordinated by a chosen host organisation that will be responsible for running and securing funding for the scheme.

Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England, said, “Promoting innovation and accelerating spread of best ideas and treatments is key to our ambition to make the NHS the best healthcare system in the world. But we need help. The Innovation Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity for us all to learn from leading international innovators for the benefit of our patients.”

Miles Ayling, director of innovation and service improvement for NHS England, said, “Spreading new ideas at pace and scale in the NHS through innovation can transform the quality of care patients receive, and deliver better value for money. This new and groundbreaking programme will mean that the NHS has access to some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators, who will provide their time and expertise free of charge, to help with this transformation.”


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4793


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