• The Health Foundation have commissioned an independent evaluation of the NHS Innovation Accelerator Programme (NIA).
  • The Institute for Employment Studies will undertake the evaluation.
  • The study will conclude in July 2017.

The aim of the NIA is to deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View - creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit.

The NIA is hosted by UCLPartners in collaboration with The Health Foundation, Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across the country and NHS England. A call for applications from prospective NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellows was launched by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director NHS England on the 7th January 2015. The first cohort of 17 Fellows were appointed on the basis of having a set of values and passion for taking a high impact innovation to benefit more people and a wider population, and a willingness to generate system-wide learnings through sharing their experiences of diffusing innovations. The Fellows are supported by a learning programme to take their innovations to a larger number of patients at greater pace. There are a wide range of innovations that have been funded through the programme and these include IT platforms, devices, models of care and training. 

Our aim in commissioning the evaluation is to determine outcomes of the NIA support programme and the propensity for impact of the innovations delivered. It is vital that the evaluation demonstrates and evidences the success and challenges of the programme in translating innovation into practice. Learning from the evaluation will be directed to the next cohort, will support future sustainability of the innovations and in turn enable the best interventions to be developed and refined for patient benefit.

The Institute for Employment Studies has extensive experience in health care research and evaluation including studies relating to effective practice in management and leadership programmes and organisational diffusion of innovations. The study will conclude in July 2017.