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Spreading innovation in the NHS: call for evidence and ideas

The call for ideas and evidence on how the adoption and spread of innovation can be accelerated throughout the NHS is still open for contributions.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Ideas could include actions for government, the Department of Health, industry, the National Commissioning Board, the NHS and other sectors.

The work is being led by Sir Ian Carruthers, Chief Executive of NHS South West, on behalf of NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson. Sir Ian has written to industry,  academic, scientific, representative, third sector and social care organisations to gather relevant ideas and best practice to scale up new ideas and accelerate the spread of innovation.

‘I’m delighted to be leading this nationally important work,’ said Sir Ian. ‘We must find a way of accelerating the time it takes for new innovations to get into every day use in the NHS.

‘Innovation - especially in a system as big as the NHS - demands excellent people with excellent ideas.  The NHS has both of these,’ said Sir Ian.

‘But, while the NHS is recognised as a world leader at invention, we are less successful at diffusing those inventions - spreading their use at pace and scale. More than ever before, innovation and the rapid spread of ideas has a vital role to play if we are to continue to improve outcomes for patients and deliver value for money services.’

The information received will feed into a review, due to report in November, by NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson which will inform the strategic approach to innovation in the modernised NHS.

The closing date for reponses is 31 August.

You can send your views on online (using the link below) or via email to: or in writing to:

NHS Chief Executive Innovation Review Team
Department of Health
Room 2N16
Quarry House
Quarry Hill

Online form
More information on the review
Dear Colleague letter

Published 25 July 2011