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Innovation is the intentional introduction of new approaches, practices, treatments, technologies and services within a health and care role, team, organisation, or system, which are designed to improve and support communities to live their best lives” – Dorset Innovation Hub [Source]

Innovation can “cover both invention (creating new ideas, products, services or models of care) and adoption (implementing what has worked elsewhere). It is crucial that the health and social care system is good at both, so that new ideas are developed to solve problems and the best ones spread quickly.” [Source]

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Key Reports

Enabling innovation and adoption in health and social care: developing a shared  view

(Feb 2021) Accelerated Access Collaborative NHSE, Care Quality Commission (CQC), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and partners.

‘The spread challenge: how to support the successful uptake of innovations and improvements in health care

(Sep 2018) The Health Foundation

Useful Links

BMJ Best Practice


Library Catalogue



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