There is much technology innovation across the NHS today, coming from local organisations, from suppliers, from national organisations and others. But wide-spread adoption of this innovation does not happen either very quickly or very often.
We believe NHS Digital has a legitimate and important role in championing effective innovation in the use of technology and data and become the place where other organisations, both national and local, come to understand what is possible and what is already being done across the system.
We also believe new and emerging technologies will play an important role in solving long established problems across the health and care system. NHS Digital can play an invaluable role in bringing together an understanding of the relevant technologies with our knowledge of these problems.
We are establishing a team of Innovations Associates to bring recognised innovators and entrepreneurs into NHS Digital. This team will work alongside our clinical fellows, to shape our horizon scanning and thought leadership around the theme of clinical and technology futures.
Wherever possible, we will take a partnership approach to this work, identifying people and organisations to collaborate with, and also bringing people and organisations together-which has worked successfully with the Code4Health community. These could be with health and care organisations, research and academic bodies, industry and suppliers.
What we will do:
Introduce a 'thought leadership' programme consisting of papers and seminars designed to stimulate thinking on a set of topics where NHS Digital has legitimacy. Initially, these will include for example cybersecurity and how technology will change clinical practice.
Create a community of innovation and collaboration with entrepreneurs and software developers based on the existing Code4Health networks.
Launch an Innovation Associates programme to second experts into NHS Digital for fixed periods of time to work on defined topics.
Agree partnerships with Tech UK, Healthcare UK and Innovate UK to enable the health and care system to work more effectively with the national and international technology supplier market.