“Innovation Health and Wealth - Accelerating Adoption and Diffusion in the NHS” was published at the end of 2011 and is a hugely important strategy for all those interested in improving the healthcare system in the UK.  This strategy makes it clear that rapidly adopting innovative ideas and products is one of the best ways to improve quality and productivity and that these are clear priorities for the NHS.   “Put simply”, as David Nicholson said, “We must make innovation a priority.”  “Our ambition must be for an NHS defined by its commitment to innovation, demonstrated both in its support for research and its success in the rapid adoption and diffusion of the best, transformative, most innovative ideas, products, services and clinical practice.  (Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS in England – Innovation Health and Wealth 2011).

But, the same strategy goes on to say: “The UK is particularly slow, relative to other developed economies, in adopting innovative medical technologies.”  Significant barriers exist in the NHS that restrict the adoption of new and innovative medical devices and it is often said that the NHS invents and the rest of the world adopts.  For example, despite its pioneering work on the early development of MRI scanners, the UK has only 500 out of a worldwide total of 20,000, performing less than 2% of the world’s 60 million scans each year, at only two-thirds of the international average use per machine. 

Innovation Health and Wealth sets us this challenge:  “Searching for and applying innovative approaches to delivering healthcare must be an integral part of the way the NHS does business. Doing this consistently and comprehensively will dramatically improve the quality of care and services for patients. It will deliver the productivity savings we need to meet the growing demand for services, and it will also support our role as a major investor and wealth creator in the UK. NHS success in adopting innovation helps support growth in the life sciences industries. That in turn enables these industries to invest in developing the technology and services the NHS needs for its development. We have the potential to create the best health system in the world, enhancing the quality of life for people with long term conditions, preventing people from dying prematurely, helping people recover from ill health and ensuring that patients have a positive experience of care.”    

The development of CHEATA (Centre for Healthcare Equipment and Technology Adoption) was in direct response to this challenge. Our vision is to enable new medical technologies to be rapidly validated, evaluated and adopted into practice thereby supporting the improvements to health outcomes, increasing the efficiency of healthcare delivery and supporting the growth of the medical technology industries.

We are passionate about innovative technology and improving outcomes for our patients.  The Centre will help suppliers to provide better and more relevant, market ready products that can be quickly and easily adopted into the NHS.