The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare programme: An evaluation of programme activities, outcomes and impacts
Oct 30, 2017
The demand for health services in England is both growing and changing in nature, yet resources are limited in their ability to respond to the scale and scope of need. RAND Europe and the University of Manchester have been commissioned by the Department of Health (in close collaboration with NHS England and the Office for Life Sciences), to conduct a study to examine the potential of innovation to respond to the challenges that the NHS faces.
The demand for health services in England is both growing and changing in nature, yet resources are limited in their ability to respond to the scale and scope of need. As a result, the NHS is under increasing pressures to realise productivity gains, while continuing to deliver high quality care. RAND Europe and the University of Manchester have been commissioned to conduct a study to examine the potential of innovation to respond to the challenges the NHS faces, and to help deliver value for money, efficient and effective services.
'Innovation' in this study refers to any product, technology or service that is new to the NHS, or applied in a new way, aimed at delivering affordable and improved care. The learning we have gained adds considerable depth to the practical discussions presented regarding how innovation can be first nurtured and then made meaningful and actionable in a variety of settings. This is important given the complexity of health innovation systems and the diversity of elements that need to interact and work together for the overall system to function effectively.
We share insights related to skills, capabilities and leadership; motivations and accountabilities; information and evidence; relationships and networks; patient and public engagement; and funding and commissioning. We will develop these detailed learning points into a more systematic analysis as the research evolves. The research is funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, in close collaboration with NHS England and the Office of Life Sciences.
The emerging insights highlight that successful innovation in the health system happens when combinations of drivers come together at national and local levels, and discusses how this happens in practice. These drivers span: skills, capabilities and leadership for innovation; motivations and accountabilities; information and evidence environments; relationships and networks; patient and public engagement efforts; and innovation funding and commissioning landscapes.
The insights also suggest that getting the best returns from the UK's health and care innovation requires designing approaches to innovation that:
In the next phase of the study, we will build on the insights gained thus far to identify what are likely to be the highest impact actions that could enhance the contribution of innovation to health system performance. We aim to establish practical recommendations for stakeholders across policy and practitioner communities.
Discussion and Next Steps
Workshop agenda example
Interview informed consent
Interview protocol for regional case studies
Examples of innovations in regions we engaged with