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Access to the life science market can be a headache for multinational pharma and medical device companies, let alone small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs can face significant challenges to introduce new and innovative products into the health and social care market.

The Innovation Nexus provides a single point of access for SMEs in the life science sector to a network of specialist support within Greater Manchester. 

The Innovation Nexus is a gateway to a holistic business growth support offering, focused on the specialist needs of life science SMEs, delivered through a coherent support strategy and an all-inclusive approach to helping businesses develop their growth strategies. 

The aim of the Innovation Nexus is to deliver long-term health and wealth benefits to Greater Manchester through investment, innovation, education and business growth, ultimately improving the health and wellbeing of the Greater Manchester population (and beyond). 



The challenge for healthcare businesses

Companies, especially SMEs, can face significant challenges to introduce their new and innovative products into the NHS. The complexity of public procurement, patient safety and a risk averse culture across multiple organisations can be daunting. The Innovation Nexus aims to provide a single source of resource that can help companies, particularly SMEs, understand the steps that need to be taken to support their business planning and engage with the NHS more easily, thus progressing the adoption of their innovation at pace and with fewer unanticipated obstacles.

How can the Innovation Nexus help?

Help with navigating NHS procurement

Information about funding and investment

Help with setting up a trial of your innovation

Information on science parks and office locations in the GM AHSN footprint

Connections to organisations that can help you progress your innovation

Speak directly to a GM AHSN advisor with NHS expertise

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NHS Salford CCG are looking to fund evaluations of digital health innovations

Telecare, mobile apps, connected self-management tools. These are all types of digital health technologies that can be used to improve the lives of patients with long-term conditions and NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS Salford CCG) has a fund of £450,000 to evaluate them in the local community.

The Digital Health Innovation Call will look to fund the testing and development of innovative digital products, services and clinical practices that aim to improve the experience and outcomes of patients in the Salford community. Applications are sought which align to the following NHS Salford CCG strategy group innovation priorities:

Long-Term Conditions

  • Prevention
  • Early Detection
  • Self-care/Self-management including supporting patients/patient groups

Children & Young People

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability)
  • Early Intervention and Prevention across issues for children and young people

Medicines Optimisation

  • Improving medicines safety
  • Improving patients getting better outcomes from their medicines
  • Reducing medicines waste
  • Improving medicines reconciliation at transfers of care

Mental Health

  • Improving & maintaining the physical health of people with serious mental illness
  • Care Navigators for patients newly diagnosed with a mental health condition
  • Digital solutions in mental health

Systems Resilience

  • Technological solutions to help patients self-manage/manage at home/avoid hospital attendance or admission
  • Support to ensure patients appropriately access the right urgent care services for the right care
  • Pathways or interventions that prevent A&E attendance or prevent ambulance conveyance or avoid admissions Community

Based Care

  • Increase collaborative working across all community-based partners
  • Safer discharge into the community

Engagement & Experience

  • Responding to Needs Assessments undertaken through the city’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Programme
  • Using technology to obtain patient feedback on existing services and new plans
  • Motivating behavior change in our local population to live healthier lifestyles, self-care more and support others in local communities.

The call is open to companies, NHS organisations, voluntary organisations, universities and independent innovators, who are invited to apply for awards of up to £125,000 by submitting their outline proposal online using the link below:


Delivered in partnership with TRUSTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Service, the Digital Health Innovation Call looks to identify solutions that demonstrate a potential return on investment as well as an impact on the Salford Locality Plan. Successful projects, which will need to be delivered within a 12-month timescale starting in 2017, will help NHS Salford CCG to:

  • Enable Primary and Community Care to become part of the safest health economy;
  • Improve the interference between primary and secondary care; or
  • Align to strategy group innovation priorities.

Selected applicants will be invited to compete for the opportunity to work with NHS Salford CCG to implement their project. This will involve attending a marketplace where they will be required to demonstrate their innovations to NHS Salford CCG staff and patients, as well as the concluding step in the application process, which will see the final few applicants pitch to a panel of experts in a Dragons’ Den in October.

Subject to due diligence, those that are successful will be notified in November 2016 and will be matched with a suitable community healthcare service to begin mapping out the evaluation. The Digital Health Innovation Call is open for applications now. Applications must be submitted by no later than 5pm on 23rd August 2016.


Bespoke industry support from NHS experts

If you are a business with an innovative product or service that you believe has the potential to benefit the healthcare market, the Innovation Nexus is your gateway to access a network of specialist advice and support.

Find out more about STEP INto Healthcare - an intensive support programme for life science SMEs working in Greater Manchester

Information and guidance

Access information and guidance on a range of topics related to working with and selling to the NHS, and find clear signposts to organisations that can help you achieve your goals.

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