NIH Fellow Group with Steve Powis & Konrad Dobschuetz. Image: NIH

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is actively seeking US-based health innovators to participate in its 2024 intake. In the context of women’s health, the spotlight on maternal and mental health solutions addressing health inequalities is noteworthy.

Established under the leadership of Professor Sir Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, the free NIA programme extends its invitation to US innovators aiming to scale their healthcare solutions in NHS England. Since its 2015 inception, the NIA has supported numerous innovations, including KardiaMobile’s at-home cardiology device and Sleepio’s digital insomnia solution.

This accelerator programme promises participants three years of comprehensive support. Innovators will benefit from an education program shedding light on the NHS’s workings, coupled with mentorship from industry experts.

The 2024 theme centers on health inequalities:

  • Maternal Health (Adults)
  • Mental Health/ Severe Mental Illness (Adults, and Children and Young People)
  • Cancer (Adults)
  • Respiratory Disease / Asthma (Adults, and Children and Young People)
  • Hypertension/ Cardiovascular Disease (Adults)
  • Diabetes (Children and Young People)
  • Epilepsy (Children and Young People)
  • Oral Health (Children and Young People)
  • Pure play Carbon Reduction/Net Zero

Konrad Dobschuetz, NHS Innovation Accelerator National Director, stated: “At the NIA, our core belief is that no one can solve health and social care’s biggest challenges alone. That’s why we champion a collaborative and mutually supportive approach to innovation that makes an impact. We’re looking forward to receiving another strong set of domestic and international applications this year, and to meeting our new cohort of innovators who are committed to creating an NHS that is fit for the future.”

Professor Bola Owolabi, Director – Healthcare Inequalities, NHS England, added: “The NIA is a world-leading programme that I would strongly encourage international innovators to apply to. Its offering is uniquely positioned in several important ways and on account of the expertise in the team and amongst the mentors, the reach it has into and across the NHS, and the access it has to the health and healthtech industry.”

Applications are currently open and will close 22 October 2023.

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