A Government announcement has confirmed that the Accelerated Access Collaboration (AAC) will now act as the umbrella organisation for UK health innovation.
The AAC aims to help products including medicines, devices and diagnostics to enter the NHS. According to the announcement, this adjustment to the role of the AAC will create a new NHS England and NHS Improvement team under the leadership of Dr Sam Roberts. The improved AAC will:
- “implement a system to identify the best new innovations and make sure the NHS is ready to make use of them
- set up a single point of call for innovators working inside or outside the NHS, so they can understand the system and where to go for support
- signal the needs of clinicians and patients, so innovators know which problems they need to solve
- establish a globally leading testing infrastructure, so innovators can generate the evidence they need to get their products into the NHS
- oversee a health innovation funding strategy that ensures public money is focused on the areas of greatest impact for the NHS and patients
- support the NHS to more quickly adopt clinically and cost-effective innovations, to ensure patients get access to the best new treatments and technologies faster than ever before”
Nicola Blackwood, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, said:
“I want the NHS to be at the forefront of cutting-edge treatments and medical innovations – but often it can take too long for products to get from the bench to the bedside.
“The Accelerated Access Collaborative will speed up this process so patients and the NHS can be the first in the world to benefit from the most transformative technologies and treatments as part of our Long Term Plan.”