Health innovation guide: Starting out on your innovation journey

This innovation guide has been created to make it easier and faster for you to bring high-value innovations into the NHS.

This guide is for anyone who needs support with a health innovation and wants to have it adopted into the NHS. You could be at the very early stages of development, or simply have an idea that you want to test.

Even if you haven't started work on your idea yet, or you are just curious about what's involved, then this guide is also for you.

This guide contains information on:

  • developing your innovation
  • regulations you'll need to know (and comply with)
  • getting access to funding

It has been developed by NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative - a collaboration between patient groups, government bodies, industry and NHS bodies. We’ve also asked innovators at various stages and experience to help develop this guide.

From first having an idea for a new medical innovation to getting it developed and adopted by the NHS - the various ways to make your innovation a reality may seem complicated.

Remember, you are not alone on your journey - there are people and organisations to help you and that’s why we’ve put together this guide.

We’ve given you a basic overview of each stage of the innovation cycle with links out to organisations who can help, plus guidance on what you need to do and think about at each stage. Our hope is that this information will save you time, money and help you focus on the right approach for your innovation.

If you read this and need more detailed information, then read our Health Innovation: Advanced Guide.

Updated: 24 November 2022