Innovation Ready Unified Health Service

Scotland has an invaluable resource for the data-driven approach to healthcare of the future, with all patients in NHS Scotland having a unique identifier and electronic health record. Through NHS Research Scotland (NRS) our health service has a single access point for industry, dedicated clinical research facilities and globally competitive approval and start-up times.

We also encourage innovators within NHS Scotland to work with industry partners, both through the Health Innovation Partnership (HIP) and also through Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) which supports the development, protection and appropriate commercialisation of innovative ideas arising from healthcare professionals.

Scotland has a wealth of clinical expertise, a stable population actively engaged in clinical research and a growing registry of patients willing to share e-health records for the development of novel treatments and therapies.