Have your say on the future of innovation education within the NHS

Published on 16 March 2022

Consultations and surveys, Policy and strategy

The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) is conducting a review to understand how to support health and care employees and organisations increase successful adoption of innovation.

The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) is a unique partnership between patient groups, government bodies, industry and the NHS. They deliver ambitious programmes to ensure the NHS is in the best place to improve patient outcomes and reduce health inequalities through research and innovation. They're looking to understand what health and care employees and current providers of innovation training would like to see from future education on innovation, particularly focused on how to increase adoption on the front line.

Christina Farrow, Deputy Director for Innovation and Project Sponsor, said:

“This is the first time that we have undertaken such a comprehensive review of innovation education currently available within the NHS. We are very keen to understand the current innovation training landscape; as well as the demand and appetite for this type of programme within the healthcare workforce; and what a successful future programme might look like. We expect valuable insights on how to increase the spread and adoption of innovation within the NHS going forward, as well as helping us identify any issues and opportunities to make the experience better for users and most importantly, maximise the spread and adoption of health innovation more broadly for years to come.”

About the scoping exercise

The AAC has commissioned KPMG to undertake a scoping exercise to inform the development of an NHS workforce education programme to support staff and organisations to adopt and spread  innovation locally. It looks to understand the current innovation training landscape; the demand and appetite for this type of programme within the health and care workforce; and what a successful future programme might look like.

Engagement methods involve conducting surveys, 1:1 and group interviews, as a well as focus groups, with key stakeholders across the health and innovation education landscape, to gain insights into best practice innovation training models.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

The surveys

All-staff survey

We’re keen to explore what health and care staff currently understand about innovation within the NHS and what they would value from future innovation training, to encourage them in the adoption and spread of innovative practices and products. Please encourage your staff to contribute by completing this survey.

Learning providers survey

In addition to the all-staff survey, for those currently providing or looking to provide innovation education (e.g., Heads of Strategy, Human Resources or Learning and Development, or those who are part of an NHS Trust’s management team), we’re gathering views on current innovation training, how training supports the adoption and spread of innovation within the NHS, and reflections such as what staff might require from a future training programme. This survey should be completed by one individual from the organisation on behalf of the whole organisation.