Who we are

The NHS Innovation Service is made up of a collective of organisations that all play a part in supporting and assessing innovations along the journey from an idea to implementation and scaling.

The organisations behind the service

Below is a list of the organisations that use the NHS Innovation Service. These organisations have a variety of offers for support, guidance, and assessment of healthcare innovations. Through this service, they reach out to innovators they believe they will be able to work with.

The Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) A network of 15 regional organisations that support innovation across all levels of maturity.
Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK.
NHS England Specialised Commissioning Delivers cutting-edge care and innovation for rare disorders and complex medical conditions.
NHS Supply Chain Manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products, services and food to the NHS and healthcare organisations in England and Wales.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Produce evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services.
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) UK’s largest funder of health and care research, working in partnership with the NHS, universities and local government.
Department for International Trade (DIT) Help UK life sciences companies to do business overseas and support foreign life sciences companies to invest in the UK.
Health Technology Wales (HTC) Provides advice and guidance to health and care services in Wales about the use of new and existing health technologies.
Life Science Hub Wales (LSHW) Working with innovative companies to find solutions for NHS and healthcare providers to help the people of Wales.
Scottish Health Technology Group (SHTG) National health technology assessment (HTA) agency providing advice to NHS Scotland on the use of new and existing health technologies (excluding medicines).