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In the East Midlands, we operate a number of Innovation Exchanges each year based on our region’s major health challenges. Themes are agreed in consultation with East Midlands Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems. We then bring people together to address common challenges with the outcome of developing and testing and spreading solutions to reach patients faster. 

Our latest Innovation Exchange process focuses on rural health

The East Midlands Innovation Exchange process

Our Innovation Exchanges take in the following steps:

  • We engage and consult our STPs and evolving Integrated Care Systems to establish common challenges, based on the region’s health priorities

  • We organise a cross-sector Innovation Exchange workshop to explore the challenges and identify potential solutions. These highly participative events are attended by up to 250 people, connecting health and social care commissioners and providers with industry and third sector innovators. This stage generates a number of potential solutions.

  • Post-event we support Ongoing collaboration to refine themes and build on the connections established. ‘Solution Groups’ are set up, facilitated jointly by health / social care and industry leads to co-produce solutions that address target outcomes. Proposals are submitted to a panel of Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chief Operating Officers, clinicians, STP leads and Local Digital Roadmap (LDR) colleagues. It selects proposals that align to STP priorities and have greatest potential to deliver the outcomes. 

  •  A ‘call for proposals’ is launched, with funding and support to rapidly deploy chosen solutions in demonstrator sites on a risk-shared basis with industry. We continue to work closely with Solution Group leads to oversee planning and set up of demonstrator sites.

  • We support demonstrator programmes to build the evidence needed for a robust business case. The business case is used to plan the spread of the solution within the East Midlands (and ideally) nationally. Evidence is gathered in clinical settings to show how the innovation works in the hands of practitioners - building a picture of every day implementation, evaluating economics in a clinical setting and establishing barriers and enablers to spread and adoption.

  • We share outputs from the demonstrator to maximise opportunities for collaboration. Demonstrators ready for adoption with sufficient evidence will be available for rapid spread in the East Midlands. The most promising innovations will be proposed for national spread via the national Accelerated Access Collaborative.

  • For each innovation approved by the Accelerated Access Collaborative, the 15 AHSNs will develop a shared spread and adoption plan setting out an agreed approach to implementation. In the East Midlands this could involve both exporting innovations tested and proven locally (step 6), and importing those proven elsewhere that match the challenges of our STPs.

Previous East Midlands Innovation Exchanges include:

Transforming Long Conditions which produced demonstrators projects - outpatient appointment scheduling and falls prevention.

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