The award-winning NHS Innovation Accelerator, or NIA, supports faster uptake and spread of high impact, evidence-based innovations across England’s NHS, benefitting patients, populations and NHS staff.

The NIA is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with Health Innovation Network. This national accelerator has a unique dual focus on personal development for individuals (‘Fellows’) and bespoke support to spread an innovation.

Since 2015, it has supported the uptake and spread of 62 evidence-based innovations across more than 2,210 NHS sites. Independent evaluations report that NIA innovations save the health and social care system £38 million a year.

NIA in the West of England

Here at Health Innovation West of England, we have worked with a number of NIA Fellows including MIRA Rehab, the Joint Pain Advisor, The Water-Drop and the Low Carb Programme; predominantly through signposting to the right people in our member organisations.