Health and Care Innovations

Healthcare innovations into frontline care

We work directly with doctors, nurses and practitioners who deliver care and treatment every day to help develop and deploy healthcare innovation into frontline services.  We combine their clinical expertise and insight with our experience of how to adopt and spread innovation effectively.  We provide health and care staff with the skills, expertise and confidence to adopt an innovation, such as how to administer a new medication, use a mobile device or new technology.

All of Greater Manchester’s NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups and councils are part of our Health Innovation Manchester network. We are also part of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, charged with looking after our devolved £6.6bn healthcare budget and work with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on areas such as the GM Digital Strategy and economic growth.

We have an active portfolio of innovation projects that are being deployed across Greater Manchester to help improve local people’s health and wellbeing. These include new technology and devices, digital products and tools, optimising medication and modifying practice. Our active portfolio of healthcare innovation projects span all aspects of health and care including maternity, cardiovascular, cancer, respiratory, mental health and frailty as well as cross cutting themes such as patient safety, medicines and precision health. As well as our local innovation projects within Greater Manchester we are also working at a national level through our The Health Innovation Network and industry partners to improve the health and wellbeing of citizens.

We also work in partnership with the many NHS research agencies across Greater Manchester such as the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (ARC GM), the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Greater Manchester, and the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre  to more closely align research activity to the needs of our citizens and form partnerships with industry to conduct world-leading clinical trials.

Health Innovation Manchester has continued to enhance and develop its operating model in order to best support the needs of the system.

We have also considerably strengthened our innovation method and pipeline approach by combining our unique skills and capabilities, to develop a deep understanding of citizen need, clearly define problems and co-design innovative solutions. This then leads to deployment at scale, leading to transformation of care pathways and citizen outcomes.

Health Innovation Manchester Innovation Pipeline process - Discover (Ideation) Develop (Citizen Need, Define problem, Co-design, qualification, solutioning) Deploy (Proof of value, deploy at scale, rollout)

Our innovation pathway allows Health Innovation Manchester to manage our pipeline and portfolio management through a series of key decision-making gates created and overseen by the HInM executive team, to provide greater scrutiny of projects and ensure alignment to GM’s strategic priorities.

Programmes and projects are given executive-level sponsorship and a core team meets regularly to consider new proposals and discuss formal decision-making gateways.

We have developed a method and visualisation tool for our innovation portfolio in partnership with academics, our industry support function and our programme management office. This new digital dashboard allows us to view our work through different lens and gives a complete picture of the work taking place from discovery through development and deployment.

We have also led the the roll out this pipeline approach across the Health Innovation Network, including the mechanisms by which proposals are identified, assessed, prioritised, and supported through to deployment and adoption at scale.

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