In this section, we will outline the essential elements that you need to understand and address at the very start of your innovation journey.

As you begin creating your innovation, it is important to know which organisations to reach out to. The NHS Innovation Service can help you with this, connecting you to the relevant organisations at the right time.

In the early stage of your innovation journey you might be connected to the Health Innovation Network (HIN) in England, or Life Sciences Hub Wales in Wales. If you live in Scotland, you can get support from InnoScot Health.

If you work in the NHS, you can apply to the Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme for support with your innovation. It offers expert mentoring, exclusive networking and bespoke training to develop innovative ideas into products and businesses to benefit NHS patients.