Are you an international business looking to access NHS markets?


Health Innovation North West Coast is one of 15 local health innovation networks across England. Collectively, we form the Health Innovation Network, the innovation arm of the NHS. We help create the right conditions to introduce innovation into England's healthcare system, as the only body that connects the NHS, academic organisations and industry. 

We are able to work locally and nationally, helping businesses to connect with the right stakeholders and key opinion leaders.

We also deliver a wide range of market access support to small and medium sized businesses whose healthcare products have potential to transform healthcare delivery here in the UK.



Three international healthcare innovators explain how they are being supported by Health Innovation North West Coast to bring their technologies to the NHS

Working with the NHS

Working with the NHS in England offers significant market opportunities for medtech companies. It is also a globally respected ecosystem for conducting research and development.

The NHS is an attractive market for European start-ups and scale-ups, while the health service in the north of England offers a particularly supportive environment for businesses involved in research.

The NHS is the fifth largest employer in the world, with 1.7 million workers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The NHS net expenditure is in excess of £125bn and it is estimated that the NHS spends £6bn annually on medtech deployed across 135 acute non-specialist trusts, 17 acute specialist trusts, 54 mental health trusts, 35 community providers, 10 ambulance trusts and more than 7,000 GP practices.


EIT Health Bridgehead programme

Health Innovation North West Coast is an active participant in the EIT Bridgehead programme, supporting European start-ups and scale-ups with bespoke packages of support. Our international team has great collective experience in supporting businesses to collaborate with the NHS.

Health Innovation North West Coast is an established catalyser for the Bridgehead programme with a track record of supporting healthcare companies with their ambitions to bring their products and services to the UK market.


How we can help

For more information on our offer, please read our brochure

Our support packages include:

  • Market engagement
  • Value proposition development
  • Market data analysis
  • Reimbursement
  • Business case development
  • Regulatory support
  • Procurement
  • Investment
  • Infrastructure

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