What is innovation?

Innovation is the process of developing an idea to meet a technical or operational need. In the NHS this is usually a healthcare need.

Innovation in the NHS can take different forms. Often innovation may be related to process and service management, but it may also take place through the development of new medical technology or clinical tools. Examples of healthcare innovations might be software, surgical equipment, self-management handbooks, new drugs and new therapeutic uses for drugs or medical devices.

Innovation in healthcare should make the patient experience better and improve safety. It should also have commercial potential not only to save costs but also to bring in income for the Trust and the innovators.