We live in an exciting era of healthcare innovation, with a stream of new technologies and services coming onto the market. As part of the Health Innovation Network, we are helping to spread proven innovations into the healthcare system.

We actively nurture an innovation ecosystem around health and care, removing obstacles and bringing diverse groups together to conceive and maximise new ways of working. We help our member organisations to develop cultures, leadership and pathways, to better articulate their needs and priorities, and be ready to accept and work with new treatments and diagnostics.

The Health Innovation Network is a key member of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), the umbrella organisation for UK health innovation.

Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme

We are supporting integrated care systems across the region to adopt evidence-based innovations to narrow local healthcare inequalities through the Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme (InHIP). Our InHIP projects focus on cardiovascular disease.

Rapid Uptake Products

The Rapid Uptake Products (RUP) programme, which closed in March 2023, was designed to support stronger adoption and spread of proven innovations. It identified and supported products with NICE approval that support the NHS Long Term Plan’s key clinical priorities, but have lower-than-expected uptake to date. Find out more about RUP.

Three innovation themes were supported through the 22/23 RUP Programme (click the links below to find out more), these were:

MedTech Funding Mandate

The NHS Long Term Plan is committed to accelerating the uptake of selected innovative medical devices, diagnostics and digital products through the MedTech Funding Mandate (MTFM) policy. The MTFM policy is delivered in partnership with the Health Innovation Network.

Find out more about MTFM and which products were selected for adoption and spread.