Benefits of the Network
There are numerous benefits to having trained Innovation Champions embedded within NHS organisations. The more clinical areas that have an Innovation Champion, the more chances that the next great new medical breakthrough could be uncovered. From a commissioner perspective, having Innovation Champions with an understanding of IP, the innovation development line and tapped into the network can allow identification of potentially new solutions to care pathways or put out calls for development.
“It’s a development opportunity for me – I’m interested in tangible things to improve patient benefit and pathways”
YHAHSN supports NHS organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber to trial, evaluate and adopt innovative new products and services, and support these organisations to share their learning and emerging best practice ways of working throughout the region. To achieve this, the YHAHSN team work with NHS organisations to explore and understand their priorities and needs and how the use of new technology and/or service redesign could create solutions to these needs – accessing national funding to facilitate the cost of developing these new technologies. Innovation Champions can help here by getting involved in these work themes that are relevant or interesting to them. Having Innovation Champions within the regional network also allows organisations to adopt already tried and tested new best practice and ideas without going through the time and cost of developing them themselves..
For information about the Innovation Champion Network and the next training session, please contact Dr Fabian Seymour.
The application form to join the network can be found here