NHS England is seeking bids from providers to take part in a new ‘test bed’ programme for innovations which can be applied on a large scale and promise to improve value to the service.

A piece published on HSJ.co.uk today by NHS England strategy director Michael Macdonnell explains the purpose of the innovation test bed scheme.

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Michael Macdonnell said NHS England will help ‘match make’ NHS providers with innovators

He says: “The test bed programme aims to catalyse innovations that – combined with new ways of delivering NHS services – could unlock better value for patients and taxpayers alike…

“We’re issuing a challenge to NHS providers that want to innovate better value healthcare, working with new technologies that could transform how services are delivered.

“These NHS test beds will combine and share data across multiple sectors – primary, community and social care as well as hospitals. They will be enthusiastic about rigorously testing innovations at scale, and ready to complement these innovations with new ways of delivering NHS services to unlock their full potential.”

Applications can be made online and will close on Friday.

NHS England will help “match make” NHS providers with “innovators offering potential solutions to the big challenges in delivering healthcare”. It will also help solve problems and provide some investment.

Bids to test 'at scale' innovation sought by NHS England