Supporting post-pandemic priorities

The NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme (NIPP) was set up to accelerate the evaluation and implementation of promising innovations – selected for their potential to support the evolution of post-pandemic ways of working, build service resilience and deliver ongoing benefits to patients.

Working together to generate insights for ICSs

Launched in 2021 by NHS England and the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), the programme invited Heath Innovation Networks and Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) to bid for a share of £4.2m investment to test and evaluate promising innovation within their Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).

Each of the Heath Innovation Network and ARC projects is now gathering momentum and will demonstrate impact on health inequalities, focusing on one of four priority areas:

  • Remote consultation
  • Remote monitoring
  • New approaches to service delivery
  • Health and social care workforce innovation

The programme began in November 2021 and will run to March 2023, with each project expected to deliver rapid insights by spring 2023.

The funded projects

The list of successful bids was announced in November 2021.

AHSN/ARC Collaboration Project title
Eastern Heath Innovation Network/ARC East of England Understanding the implementation and impact of remote monitoring pathways in Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)
Health Innovation Manchester/ARC Greater Manchester Optimising neighbourhood vaccination hubs in Greater Manchester
Health Innovation Network/ARC South London Healthy eating and active lifestyles for diabetes (HEAL-D) in African and Caribbean communities
Imperial College Health Partners/ARC North West London Improving identification and preventing progression of chronic kidney disease
Innovation Agency/ARC North West Coast Neonatal early supported transfer home
Kent Surrey and Sussex Heath Innovation Network/ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex Evaluating ‘Discharge to Assess’ pathways in Kent, Surrey and Sussex
North East and North Cumbria Heath Innovation Network/ARC North East and North Cumbria Evaluating the impact of an evidence-informed, digitally-deployed GP video intervention that aims to reduce opioid prescribing in primary care
Oxford Heath Innovation Network/ARC Oxford and Thames Valley Virtual clinics for managing transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke – developing a safe and effective model for post-pandemic working
South West Heath Innovation Network/ARC South West Peninsula Evaluation to enable scale-up of Community Assessment and Treatment Units (CATUs) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s rural and coastal communities
UCL Partners/ARC North Thames Implementing a learning health system approach for the Community Diagnostic Centre programme in London
Wessex Heath Innovation Network/ARC Wessex Evaluation of the use, applicability and acceptability of digital remote monitoring for people living with frailty in the community, to inform development of frailty virtual wards
West of England Heath Innovation Network/ARC West Evaluating the use of advanced practitioner additional roles as a sustainable approach to expanding workforce capacity and improving the quality of primary care
West Midlands Heath Innovation Network/ARC West Midlands Acute assessment and medical care without hospital transfer for older people living with frailty
Yorkshire & Humber Heath Innovation Network/ARC Yorkshire and Humber Evaluation and implementation of (community) unscheduled care coordination to reduce hospital attendance

An independent evaluation was carried out between February and May 2023. This retrospective review captured learning from
the programme’s delivery and offered recommendations for post-NIPP activities and future innovation programmes within the NHS.

Read the evaluation

The NIPP builds on a collaboration between the Beneficial Changes Network and the AAC. To find out more, visit the AAC website.