A national network of innovation Test Beds set up by the Chief Scientist Office of Scottish Government allow innovative solutions to be tried out in a real-world environment and ensure they are fit for purpose – clinically, financially and operationally – before being brought into wider use in NHS. They extend across Scotland and cover different aspects of NHS care from managing long term conditions, digitising services, exploring health applications to integrating AI and machine learning, and more.
The Health Innovation Assessment Portal (HIAP) enables prospective providers of innovative products and solutions to engage with NHSScotland at the earliest opportunity. This allows NHSScotland to assess how the solution might support Scotland’s strategic aims, and what the associated costs and benefits would be. You can register your solution via the HIAP website where it will be sent to experienced health care professionals with knowledge and expertise in the relevant area for a preliminary review.
For healthcare professionals, SHIL enables innovations to be translated from within the NHS. As the only organisation set up to work alongside NHSScotland, SHIL uses well-established processes and extensive experience to assess, protect, develop and commercialise ideas from within the NHS. This has resulted in the successful development and commercialisation of a variety of products now in use across Scotland, UK and internationally, and the creation of six new spin-out companies including Aridhia, Aurum Biosciences, CardioPrecision, and Touch Bionics.
To further strengthen the ability of the sector to innovate and to support Scotland’s NHS and Social Care sector, a new Scottish Health and Industry Partnership will rapidly coordinate work that can benefit both Scotland’s economy and our health and wellbeing priorities. This partnership will accelerate innovation in Scotland to solve real problems in the NHS and Social care, creating jobs and opportunities. This will deliver innovation at scale, maximising regional, academic, and industrial innovation to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s Remobilise, Recover and Redesign Framework for the NHS and Social Care and support economic recovery.