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NHS England innovation programme will add value to physio services, says CSP

22 January 2015 - 9:53am

NHS England is inviting up to 20 health pioneers – including physio staff – to join a programme to develop and scale up their innovations across the health service.

The NHS innovation accelerator, launched by NHS England’s medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, is open to applicants as diverse as health and social care professionals, inventors, academics and healthcare managers.

NHS England said it will select a broad range of innovations, such as new ways of delivering care, pathway redesign, informatics and healthcare apps.

‘We are looking to prioritise innovations that have proved to significantly improve quality at the same or lower cost,’ says the document for potential applications.

‘Applicants will have a track record of involving a range of critical partners in their work, such as patients, carers, clinicians, managers and commissioners.’

Although applicants may not have designed the innovation themselves, NHS England expects them to be the leaders, founders or representatives of the innovation.

Steve Tolan, the CSP’s head of practice, said the programme is an ‘exciting opportunity’ for CSP members to demonstrate their abilities in innovation on a national stage.

‘Physiotherapy staff are natural innovators and problem solvers,’ he said. ‘And this programme will also up-skill participants and add future value to the services they work in.’

Employers will need to agree to release applicants for about two days a week during the 12 months of their participation in the programme. A bursary will be available to applicants from the NHS, academia, start-ups, small enterprises and the voluntary sector.

The initiative is intended to deliver on one of the key commitments in NHS England’s Five year forward view – to create the conditions for proven innovations to be adopted more quickly and systematically through the NHS.

The first wave of applications is open until 27 February. A decision on the successful applicants will be made in late April.

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