Who we are and what we do
Health Innovation North West Coast supports the discovery, development and deployment of innovations and improvements in health and care across Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The innovations we support are ideas, services, products and processes which improve health and the quality of care and drive costs down.
Find our more about innovation in the innovation pipeline.
Read our annual review for 2022 to 2023, showing highlights of our activities and collaborative achievements.
Part of the Health Innovation Network
We’re the Health Innovation Network for the North West Coast, one of the 15 Health Innovation Networks across England.
We work with healthcare organisations and businesses to support the spread of all types of innovation within the NHS, from new technologies to ways of working and service improvements. We do this to improve services for patients, enable NHS efficiencies and support economic growth.
Commisioned to deliver national programmes
We are commissioned by NHS England and the Office for Life Sciences and lead on National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NPSIPs) in our region as well as national programmes to adopt evidenced medicines and products selected by the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative.
Find out about our programmes >
Our goals are the result of consultation with our partners and key stakeholders about the needs of our region matched with our capabilities and complementing other organisations.
We understand the needs of our health systems and are well placed to broker innovative solutions, while collaborating across England to take what works best and quickly spread it nationally, responding to the diverse needs of patients and our population through partnerships and collaboration.
Our work is overseen by a Board of partners who help to shape our plans, provide insight into the needs of the region and act as our ambassadors for innovations
Health Innovation North West Coast has three goals as set out in our 21/22 business plan.
These goals are:
Increase the spread and adoption of innovation through collaboration
Develop cultures that promote equity and allow innovation to thrive
Stimulate economic growth and create jobs in the health and life sciences sector
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Working across health and care
We work with organisations from across health and care to increase connections and collaborations, deliver national programmes, identify needs, share best practice and increase the spread and adoption of innovations.
If you would like to know how we can support you or how to join our networks, get in touch >
Supporting innovators and businesses
We deliver support to innovators and small to medium-sized businesses whose healthcare products have the potential to achieve improvements; developing their innovations and their ability to access the NHS .
Health Innovation North West Coast also work with some of the top innovation businesses from around Europe as well as globally in partnership with EIT Health.
Our role in the Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)
For our partners in the Cheshire and Merseyside and Lancashire and South Cumbria ICSs we offer expertise and support in sourcing and adopting innovations; programme management; and facilitation of system and service change. We have a particular focus on areas with high levels of deprivation to increase access to disease prevention and treatments.
We respond to the needs of our local system, understanding their challenges to support the adoption and spread of innovations. By working across the system we have the opportunity to view a challenge from different perspectives.
Our role includes bringing together system leaders and facilitating a collaborative co-designed project, which creates unique opportunities to make the most of what is planned, for example by bringing together expertise across both the clinical and the digital workforce.
Collaboration and culture
Our Coaching Academy delivers a variety of learning experiences aimed at building a healthy culture for developing, spreading and adopting innovations.
We also lead and support on many events, podcasts, videos, news, blogs and innovator communities designed around clinical specialisms, innovating, quality improvement, place and programme and leadership.
Ensuring people’s views are heard is essential for developing and delivering better healthcare services. We encourage everyone in our region to find out more about the work of Health Innovation North West Coast and have their say on how we spread innovations and improvements.
Health Innovation North West Coast covers Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria, with around 4.1 million residents. We work with two integrated care systems, NHS providers, universities and a large number of life science companies and small to medium size businesses, as well as networks of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations.
Our teams collaborate with our partners to deliver transformations and improvements in healthcare.