The National Health Service (NHS) Innovation Accelerator (NIA) scheme was launched in 2015 to help proven innovations be adopted faster and more systematically in the NHS.
Each year the NIA invites applications for innovations that address a requirement of the NHS. The competitive process is judged by assessors from organisations including NHS England, NHS Digital, Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and The Health Foundation. To be selected the innovation must have demonstrated a significantly greater quality outcome for a significantly lower cost, demonstrate it has been developed with the extensive involvement of users, be supported by robust evidence and be ready for widespread use.
Signum Health’s product ‘i-Navigator’ has been selected onto the scheme. It facilitates the connection of patients to a range of non-clinical wellbeing services, including for anxiety and depression, loneliness and weight loss. Referrals can be made by healthcare professionals, or people can self-refer via an online form and the relevant services will then get in touch.
The CEO of Signum Health, Victoria Norman, said in response to acceptance onto the NIA:
“To have been accepted on such a prestigious accelerator programme directly linked to the NHS in England is amazing for us. For the next year we will be mentored by key people within the NHS, introduced to innovators within the health sector and fully supported to grow and expand i-Navigator.”
More information on the NIA scheme is available here.
More information on the i-navigator is available here.