NHS England logoAnnounced at June's NHS Confederation conference by Simon Stevens, NHS England has revealed two new opportunities on the Innovation and Technology Payment programme and NHS Innovation Accelerator.

Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP)

The ITP programme builds on the Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT) which went live on 1 April 2017. The aim of the NHS ITP is to help 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 ITP is inviting expressions of interest from companies with proven innovative medical devices, digital platforms and technologies, which could be used in primary care, secondary care or both.

The ITP, which will be delivered in partnership with Academic Health Science Networks, sponsors, national and international experts, aims to support the NHS in adopting innovation by removing financial or procurement barriers to uptake innovative products or technologies. Innovations accepted will be available to the NHS from April 2018 for one year, after which point the programme and themes will be reviewed.

Expressions of interest should be submitted via NHS England’s Innovation Exchange

Applications can be from healthcare, academia, commercial or voluntary sectors. Applications will open on 17 July 2017 and the deadline for completed applications is noon on 8 September 2017, webinars will be taking place in June and July.

NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) - Apply by 26 July 2017

NIA also supports delivery of the Five Year Forward View by accelerating uptake of high-impact innovations for patient, population and NHS staff benefit. It also provides real-time practical insights on spread to inform national strategy.

The NIA is now recruiting up to 12 additional fellows representing high-impact, evidence-based innovations (sourced nationally and internationally) which address one or more of the following challenges:

Mental health: To ensure that people at risk of or experiencing mental health problems can rapidly access effective and convenient care and support.

Urgent and emergency care: To provide highly responsive, effective and personalised solutions for people with or at risk of developing urgent and emergency care needs.

Primary care: To support and strengthen primary care in its aim to ensure high levels of quality, satisfaction and timely access to diagnosis and treatment as close to home as possible.

The call is open to local, national and international health and industry innovators, SMEs, clinicians and academics. Applicants have until midnight on 26 July 2017 to apply, with opportunities to sign up to face-to-face events and online webinars to receive additional support in the application process.

To find out more visit the NIA website

The ITP is of particular relevance to companies with relatively low cost innovative products which are ready for adoption across the NHS.

If you have any queries regarding either the ITP or NIA opportunities please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Commercial Manager, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.