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Eight More Health Innovations to Join NHS Accelerator

On 14th November 2016, NHS England has announced the new eight health innovations to join the second phase of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Scheme. The NIA Scheme is designed to support the National Health Service (NHS) with the acceptance of promising new treatments and technologies.

The new NIA innovations are chosen for support which is needed to provide evidence-based and cost saving solution for some of the main issues facing by the NHS, such as:

  • Better prevention of ill health
  • Early intervention into disease
  • Improved management of long-term medical conditions

In 2015, the NIA programme selected 17 innovations and supported their roll out across over 380 NHS organisations, helping millions of NHS patients. The NIA was delivered in partnership with all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) across England. 

The innovations selected to join the NIA programme this year includes:

  • EpSMon: It is an epilepsy self-management tool that allows patients to monitor their condition and know when to request medical support. Epilepsy is one of the top 10 causes of death under the age of 70 and the third main reason of maternal deaths in the UK. Epilepsy costs the UK £1.5 billion per year. This tool could have major effect on the individual and financial costs of epilepsy through decrease in in A&E appointments and reduction in patient death.  
  • Sore throat test and treat: It is a walk in community pharmacy service where patients are tested to see whether they need any antibiotics.
  • Serenity integrated mentoring (SIM): It is a collaborative model of care that sees a skilled police officers working in a public mental health team to mentor, inspire and help high risk service users.

NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens welcomed the announcement and said that the Necessity is the mother of invention, and health care is now fizzing with smart innovation. The government is now taking practical action to develop and fast track these new techniques in the NHS.

The National Medical Director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, said the innovation is not an option but a necessity to build a sustainable NHS. The innovations chosen for NIA programme have the potential to provide better value for the taxpayer while ensuring patient interactions with the NHS are safer and more personal.

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