InSites Programme

NHS CEP InSites Pilot Programme

Real word testing and evaluation to help spread innovation across the NHS

In 2020, the NHS CEP was commissioned out to Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) with a commitment to expand the programme. This included recruiting 10 NHS partners to form a system capacity building pilot programme – now known as the NHS CEP InSites Programme.

This testing and evaluation model was developed by Mid and South Essex (MSE) ICS, who are acting as the coordination hub for the NHS CEP InSites Programme.

This collaborative and co-designed programme has four aims:

  1. Evaluating CEP innovations in real-world settings, generating evidence of their effectiveness and impact (e.g. on NHS priorities such as health equity) and understanding the mechanisms for their successful implementation.
  2. Developing the organisational capability and infrastructure of 10 NHS partners to help inform the rapid adoption, evaluation and scaling of impactful innovations.
  3. Supporting the NHS’ ability to develop the health and care workforce talent pool inclusively and thus stimulating an innovative culture.
  4. Informing NHS England’s policy and strategy on the effective spread and adoption of innovation nationally through sharing learning and a framework (including standardised processes and documents) for implementing innovation.  

The 10 sites span across England and are working with the NHS CEP and AAC to align processes, share intelligence on implementation, build capability within their sites and test/evaluate innovations to meet the needs of their populations.

Key Partners

  • Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC): NHS CEP InSites Programme is funded and commissioned by the AAC.
  • Anglia Ruskin University (ARU): ARU were appointed as delivery partners for the NHS CEP in December 2020.
  • Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSE FT): MSE FT is a partner of the NHS CEP and lead the Programme Management Office / Coordination Hub for the NHS CEP InSites Programme.
  • 10 Innovation Sites: 10 NHS sites across England have partnered together to design and deliver the first phase of the NHS CEP InSites Programme. They include:
    • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT
    • Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT
    • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS FT
    • Mid and South Essex ICS
    • Leeds Academic Health Partnership
    • Milton Keynes University Hospital
    • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT
    • Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT
    • East of England Ambulance Service
    • Torbay & South Devon NHS Trust

Additional Information About the Programme

Application Process

To be eligible to apply, you will need to have an established innovation, based in England, that is ready to be scaled across two or more NHS organisation. Eligible innovators are invited to apply via the application portal.

Innovations will be selected following the review of all applications (and video pitches) provided. Applications will be assessed based on:(1) the innovation’s potential to meet an NHS need (in particular, a need identified by the sites,(2) the innovation’s readiness for scale and implementation across multiple sites and (3) the innovator’s capability to fully engage and benefit from the programme. There will also be a strong emphasis on innovations that advance health equity, environmental sustainability, and social value. Successful candidates will be notified by 12th July 2022. With this being a pilot, the team welcomes all feedback (including on the selection process).

Programme Duration

This pilot phase of the programme is currently planned to run until March 2023, although exact arrangements (such the duration of the testing, trailing, and scaling of innovations across sites) will be decided in collaboration with partners upon the commencement of the partnerships and will depend on the nature of the innovations and pace in which they can be implemented across the various sites.

Programme Offer

Although the programme does not offer direct funding to innovators, programme participants will be supported by NHS colleagues to test their innovation in various real-world settings and generate an evidence-base. By participating in the programme, innovators will also support the development of a standardised approach of implementing innovation in the NHS, thus benefiting others seeking to scale their innovations in the NHS in England. 

A series of insight reports for innovators and NHS sites will be developed. For innovations proven to show impact during the programme, sites may support the innovation through an agreed business case/dynamic procurement framework process.

Contact Information

Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
Essex, CM1 1SQ

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