NHS innovation allows clinicians, nurses and other members of staff at UHPNT to put forward their ideas to improve products, processes or services within the Trust. These Innovations may result in improved patient care or savings and in some cases present some commercial potential, bringing income in for the innovator and the Trust.
There are three types of innovation;
- A new product e.g. a new piece of equipment to be used in a surgical intervention.
- A new process e.g. patient notes being transferred between clinics to save time.
- A new service e.g. a telephone follow up service.
What if you have an idea?
We are really interested to hear about any idea that you may have, whether it’s a new product, process or service that will have a benefit for patients, staff or the NHS. The initial step to get your idea into motion is to fill out our online Innovation Capture Form, and submit by email to the innovation team. The innovation team will then review your innovation and arrange to meet with you to discuss your idea further.
Things you can do
To ensure we can give you the best advice it will be helpful if you can provide us with as much information about your idea as you can including for example; what it is, any evidence that exists or new evidence that it is needed, other Trusts using it/doing it, patient/trust benefits and potential costs/savings involved. Simple online searches may help with much of this information. Please see the links below for some support with this.
What happens next?
Once we have all the information we can collate together then we can advise on how best to help you with what you need to take your idea forward. It may be that you can be directed to someone or a department in the Trust who will be able to manage your idea or include it as part of an existing process. Some projects and ideas are more complex and may need more advice and support, for instance resources; financial and time. These will be directed to our Trust Innovation Group.
For more information about the innovation process feel free to contact with the Innovation team (plh-tr.ResearchAndInnovation@nhs.net) or take a look at the UHPNT Innovation Pathway here