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This document briefing, prepared for the Department of Health, presents a ‘think piece’ on the key issues and ideas on innovation in the NHS. The objective of the work was to provide a challenge function for the Department of Health on its work around innovation for the NHS Next Stage Review . The issues and ideas are grounded in theory or empirical evidence and, where possible, supported by examples. This report does not purport to be a systematic review of innovation theory, but should be of interest to policymakers in the Department who are concerned with innovation, especially in the context of health systems.

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