latest health care news


NHS reveals eight innovations to join fast-track adoption scheme

Patients are being encouraged to go to the pharmacist for a sore throat as part of a programme of new innovations set to join year two of the NHS Innovation Accelerator.

NHS England revealed that eight new health innovations will join the programme, which last year selected 17 innovations and supported their roll out across over 380 NHS organisations. Earlier this year, investment in the scheme increased from £1m to £8m.

One of the innovations is Sore Throat Test and Treat, a walk-in community pharmacy service where patients are tested to determine whether or not they need antibiotics. Sore Throat Test and Treat is intended to reduce the 1.2 million GP appointments currently made for sore throats. In August, the Community Pharmacy Forward Review published a report saying that the role of pharmacies should be “radically enhanced”.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “Necessity is the mother of invention, and health care worldwide is now fizzing with smart innovation.

“In the NHS, we’re now taking practical action to develop and fast track these new techniques into mainstream patient care.”

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu, co-founder of the NHS Innovation Accelerator and NHS England’s innovation adviser, added the technologies could “slash mortality rates and save the NHS millions”.

Another innovation is EpSMon, an epilepsy self-management tool which enables patients to monitor their wellbeing and know when to seek medical support. It is hoped that this tool will reduce premature deaths due to epilepsy, which is one of the top 10 causes of death for those under the age of 70 and the third main cause of maternal deaths in the UK. It also costs the country £1.5bn a year.

A third innovation, Serenity Integrated Mentoring, will embed specialist police officers within community mental health teams.

The NHS Innovation Accelerator is led by NHS England and delivered in partnership with the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks. It aims to meet the commitment in the Five Year Forward View to allow proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS.

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s national medical director, who founded the programme, said: “With rising demand and escalating costs, innovation is not an option but a necessity if we are to build a sustainable NHS. The innovations selected for this programme have the potential to deliver better value for the taxpayer whilst making patient interactions with the NHS safer and more personal.”

Earlier this month, NHS England announced six medtech innovations which will have an accelerated national uptake under the new innovation and technology tariff.

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an NHE columnist? If so, click here.



There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment


national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News


Data: the oil of the digital age

07/11/2018Data: the oil of the digital age

Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at the Health Foundation, review... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talk... more >


How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to s... more >
681 149x260 NHE Subscribe button

the scalpel's daily blog

More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male nurses? As an advocate fo... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

healthcare events

events calendar


November 2018

mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >