11. STP CCG IE 2“Thanks for a stimulating event. I made multiple connections and I feel a real motivation for collaboration and change. I can honestly say this has been the most productive event for health and social care I have attended in 20 years.”

Kate Pym, Managing Director Pyms Consultancy



Innovation Exchanges are events that cover a specific clinical area which, in consultation with our partners, are identified as a health and social care priority for the East Midlands.

This collaborative approach is ensuring our STPs capitalise on our unique expertise and knowledge, co-producing solutions that match proven innovations to the challenges facing patients, clinicians, providers and commissioners. They are designed to inform industry and others on the key priorities and challenges in the area with a view to identifying applicable innovative products and services.

The NHS faces unprecedented challenges, with big financial pressures and increasing demand for services. The NHS and local partners have come together in 44 areas covering all of England to develop proposals and make improvements to health and care. These proposals, called Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs), are place-based and build around the needs of the local population. We developed a targeted and responsive approach to offer our knowledge and expertise to support our 5 East Midlands STPs.

Our events are followed by a call for proposals from industry, third sector, NHS and public health organisations for projects promoting putting into practice at pace and scale proven innovations addressing one or more of the key needs in the specified area. In 2014-15 we held two Innovation Exchanges covering cancer and diabetes. In early 2017 we supported the East Midlands CCG Congress to review the regions 5 STP plans to establish common challenges within Long Term Conditons (LTCs). Around 280 delegates attended what has been described as the biggest health event of its type ever in the East Midlands. 


The events bring together a wide range of organisations and people who share best practice and learning. They are a catalyst for implementing already proven innovations which can enhance patients’ experiences and outcomes, save money and encourage industry partnerships.

What’s the impact?

Following January 2017 Innovation Exchange we have seen the following impaacts

  • Every CCG and acute provider in the East Midlands has been involved in our STP Innovation Exchange process
  • Over 50 industry and third sector innovators have been engaged in developing solutions within 12 identified areas
  • 3 solutions are being developed for a ‘call for proposals’
What’s next?

We continue to work closely with our East Midlands partners to ensure a joined-up and complementary approach to supporting our STPs. During summer 2017 we will launch a ‘call for proposals’ with funding and support to deploy the selected innovations within the East Midlands STPs.