Acute Sector Innovation
As the NHS Five Year Forward View made clear, Britain has a strong track record of healthcare innovation. As it also made clear, accelerating innovation will be crucial to the future of the health service. That does not simply mean coming up new ideas. It increasingly means reliably identifying and spreading best practice, perhaps combining elements to solve particularly challenging problems.
This award will recognise NHS acute sector organisations doing just that. Our judges will be looking for innovations which are improving patient care, leading to improved experience and outcomes. They will be keen to identify NHS acute organisations where innovation is truly nurtured – where good ideas are quickly identified and spread within and beyond the boundaries of the organisation.
We are not seeking reinventions of the wheel: we want to hear from teams who are doing something genuinely new, while building on the good practice already out there. Innovations which have been genuinely co-produced with patients will be of particular interest.
- A clear rationale for the innovation
- An explanation of how the innovation drew on existing best practice
- Evidence the innovation has led to improved patient care, improved experience, improved outcomes and/or improved value for money. This must have a quantitative aspect, but can include qualitative feedback as well.
- Innovations which have already embedded and spread to other departments, settings, organisations or health economies. Alternatively, clear evidence the work is potentially replicable and scalable.
- Evidence the innovation has delivered financial savings alongside improved patient experience. Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied.
- Proof of consistently strong team and/or organisation engagement in innovation
- A culture in which all members of staff are able to raise ideas for improved practice
- Patient involvement in designing and/or implementing the innovation