Findings of the NHS Innovation Accelerator published

Institute for Employment Studies | IES evaluation identifies key success factors in supporting adoption of healthcare innovations in the NHS | March 2018

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)  was created to help address the priorities of improving take-up of innovations in the NHS; it was intended to help create conditions and cultural change so that healthcare innovations are adopted faster and more systematically and deliver practical examples for patient and population benefit. The Institute for Employment Studies IES have published a report which outlines the key conditions for success which were identified through the national accelerator. 

The  report’s key findings are summarised in the infographic, which contains insights on the key conditions for success of the NIA, the barriers to scaling innovations, users’ views and a summary of the NIA in numbers.

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A summary of the report can be read here 

The full report can be downloaded from Institute for Employment Studies

WISE Fellowship Programme for female healthcare scientists opens

Applications for a prestigious science fellowship scheme, aimed at helping female healthcare scientists to improve patient care, access training, and increase women’s access to leadership roles have opened. 

The fellowship is aimed at scientists at mid-career level working across the NHS.  The scheme offers four places for candidates on a career development programme that includes mentoring, communication and leadership skills training. In conjunction  there are also speaking and ambassadorial opportunities via  the WISE and The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer’s networks, as well as through attendance at the WISE Conference 2018 and National Chief Scientific Officer’s Conference 2019.

The programme is run with WISE, the campaign for gender balance in science,  technology and engineering.  Applications close May 13 2018.

More details at NHS England 

Meet the 2017-18 fellows here 

Further information about  The Chief Scientific Officer’s WISE Fellowship Programme for NHS England is available from WISE programme 

Making the most of digital technology in the NHS a case study approach

The King’s Fund spotlights the work of Liverpool Commissioning Group, responsible for NHS services across the city which is implementing a shared patient record amongst other technology developments; and Essex University Partnership Trust, a community and mental health provider covering one of the largest geographic areas of any single trust.  While the Commissioning Group is using technology with the aim of improving residents’ health; Essex University Partnership Trust has been using digital technology to change its service delivery to patients. Each of these areas are using electronic records and enabling staff to access their office facilities through mobile working. 



The blog post outlines the difficulties in managing digital change as well as discussing the benefits of implementing digital technology, such as improved patient safety as a result of better information.  They conclude there are three key drivers of success in such digital projects

  1. the quality and level of clinical engagement and involvement in project and system design
  2. the belief in your work and involvement at board level
  3. resourcing your support and training correctly.

Neither of the interviewees in the case studies neither found digital change easy, but they outlined that to facilitate these changes there was a need for peer-to-peer communication, clinical leadership and ensuring those at the front line are involved in designing their service.

The full blog post is available from The King’s Fund 

Reducing emergency admissions

This report from the National Audit Office examines progress that the Department of Health, NHS England, NHS Improvement and other stakeholders are making in reducing the impact of emergency admissions on acute hospitals.


The report looks at action across acute, primary, community and social care systems rather than focusing on A&E departments alone. It builds on the 2013 report on Emergency admissions to hospital: managing the demand and our 2016 report on Discharging older patients from hospital, which also examined the pressures on the whole health and social care system.

  • Part One sets out trends in emergency admissions;
  • Part Two explains NHS England’s and partners’ response to increasing emergency admissions;
  • Part Three assesses the challenges in reducing emergency admissions.

Full report: Reducing Emergency Admissions | National Audit Office

Faster and more accurate diagnosis for prostate cancer

NHS ‘one stop shop’ for prostate cancer means faster and more accurate diagnosis | NHS England

The NHS is using cutting edge technology to help slash diagnosis times for prostate cancer from six weeks to one day in a world-leading new approach that virtually eliminates the risk of deadly sepsis.

The new scanning and diagnosis method means a ‘one-stop-shop’ for suspected prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.

The NHS is determined to cut the mortality rate for prostate cancer in the same way that has seen breast cancer rates decline by 10%.

The usual process is an MRI scan followed by a biopsy where around a dozen samples may have to be taken with a needle through the rectum, in order to locate suspect growths on the prostate.

Under the new ‘rapid pathway’ approach, which is being developed in three hospitals across West London, men have a scan, get their results and can have any necessary biopsy, using new FUSION technology, in one day, rather than multiple outpatient visits over four to six weeks.

Full story at NHS England

Improving the experiences of people who use services

This briefing looks at what the vanguards have been doing to improve the way people experience and interact with health and care services, and shares the lessons that other organisations and partnerships can take from the vanguards’ experiences | NHS Providers


This final briefing in the Learning from the new care models series highlights how the vanguards are improving the experiences of people using services and their families.

The briefing looks at the work of the vanguards in the following areas:

  • Coordinating care around peoples’ needs
  • Ensuring people receive high-quality care wherever they are
  • Specialist care closer to home
  • Reducing the need to travel
  • Directing people to the right care, faster
  • Supporting people to manage long-term conditions
  • Supporting people to develop self-confidence
  • Tailoring care for people with the greatest needs
  • Making access to urgent care as simple as possible
  • Promoting health and wellbeing among people and communities
  • Helping people connect
  • Supporting carers to stay well
  • Working with people to design services that work for them

Full briefing:
Learning from the vanguards: improving the experiences of people who use services

Workload in general practice

Ensuring patient safety through control of workload and demand management in general practice | The British Medical Association (BMA)


General practice in England has seen consultation rates soar by nearly 14 per cent between 2007 and 2014, while the 12 months between 2016-17 saw the total number of full-time equivalent GPs fall by 3.4 per cent.

The BMA suggest that this increase in workload is because of growing patient need (complex multi-morbidity) as well as a result of the widespread recruitment and retention crisis and a lack of long-term investment in general practice. It is argued that the issue of GP workload must be addressed urgently.

This document seeks to address the current challenges in primary care.  It sets out a strategy aimed at improving safety and quality of patient care by recommending the development of agreed workload limits at a local level supported by national guidance.

Full document: Workload Control in General Practice. Ensuring Patient Safety Through Demand Management