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The challenges we face

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.

a fully funded intensive support programme for life science SMEs working in Greater Manchester

How can the Innovation Nexus help me?

Speak directly to a GM AHSN advisor with NHS expertise

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

Connect you with relevant organisations


Free 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 can give you access a network of specialist advice and support.

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Invitation to ‘Meet the NIA’

Find out all you need to know about the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) by coming along to one of our ‘Meet the NIA’ information events.


Wednesday 28 June 2017

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-nia-manchester-tickets-35258747864



Monday 3 July 2017

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-nia-london-tickets-35258921383


‘Meet the NIA’ gives you the opportunity to:

  • Hear more about the 2017 Call, including details of the application process
  • Find out about the benefits of being an NIA Fellow
  • Meet the NIA Team, including Programme Director and Co-Founder, Dr Amanda Begley
  • Learn what makes for a strong scaling plan
  • Access insight and learning from the NIA
  • Ask 2015 and 2016 Fellows about their experiences and progress made in scaling their innovations across the NHS and wider healthcare system

Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register today to confirm your place.

Who should sign up to these events?

This event will be useful for anyone considering applying for the 2017 NIA.


For 2017, the NIA is seeking local, national and international innovations that address the following NHS priorities:


  • Mental Health
  • Urgent and Emergency Care
  • Primary Care

You can be the inventor of your innovation, the lead for it within your organisation or simply the representative of an innovation you find compelling, and as such, wish to scale it across the NHS. Applicants, nationally and internationally, can be clinicians; academics; from a public-sector, charitable or not-for-profit organisation; from a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME); from a large corporate.


For more information visit www.nhsaccelerator.com/apply