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Innovation is not just about ideas, it is the successful implementation of ideas that lead to more value for whatever business you are in.

From ideas to adoption

The NHS is routinely recognised as ‘world class’ for inventing innovative new devices, technologies and processes which all serve to improve health care for millions of patients.  However, the main theme of the recently published ‘NHS Chief Executive Review of Innovation’, is that more emphasis needs to be placed on the successful diffusion and adoption of proven innovations.

Download the NHS Chief Executive Review of Innovation  NHS Chief Executive Review of Innovation (13.40 MB)

Releasing the potential

Ensuring this large scale adoption takes place is the task of every person working within the NHS and those accessing its services - we must all contribute. The highest scoring question on our culture for innovation tool is ‘I am capable of generating new ideas’. The senior leaders of NHS organisations have a responsibility to ensure that the culture within their organisations harnesses this potential.  Our EBD (Experience Based Design) Approach shows the power of staff working in partnership with patients and carers to make improved services a reality.

What can you do?
Everyone who works in the NHS needs to actively explore how they can adopt and adapt great practice from others.  We are currently testing a practical tool that synthesises the best evidence available on the factors that support the spread of innovation - get involved in testing the spread and adoption tool.

There is a wealth of information on our website, if you have any comments, questions or think we can help please get in touch.  Remember, Making Innovation Happen is everyone’s business.

Keep Calm and Innovate On - 9-11 October 2012 - your chance to take part in a unique opportunity

In partnership with the Innovation Learning Network (ILN) and facilitated by Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy, we are creating an exciting learning and networking opportunity - a two day event to facilitate discussion and learning to find radical, innovative ways of ‘Spreading, Scaling and Sustaining Innovation’ between the 9 – 11 October 2012 (with optional activity on the 8 October).

We will be able to offer a small number of places to senior leaders and improvement specialists from the NHS who are keen to share their experience and learn from others. If you are interested in this unique opportunity you will need to register your interest before 1pm on 10 August.