InnoScot Health launches new website as part of digital rebranding

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A new InnoScot Health website has been fully unveiled at the NHS Scotland event in Aberdeen this week – as the organization steps up its support for NHS-led innovation.

Established in 2002, the organization seeks to encourage new thinking from health and social care staff – with issues such as new ways of working, climate change and the challenges each presents to our healthcare system at the heart of platform goals.

The new branding, website and social channels also aim to strengthen the engagement of healthcare professionals across Scotland.

The first phase of the new site is designed to enable healthcare staff to share their ideas for improving and transforming healthcare – and to receive feedback on them faster and easier than before.

As part of the new site’s educational strategy, content has been divided into three main groups, covering ideas, expertise and impact.

Ideas offers an online submission form and online consultation bookings with the InnoScot Health team. Expertise provides insight into some of InnoScot Health’s specialist areas, including intellectual property, regulatory advice, product development and commercialization.

Finally, Impact tells the story of InnoScot Health over the past 20 years and the role it has played in bringing everything from simple to complex ideas into the Scottish healthcare system.

It’s a positive story with over 250 ideas introduced into the healthcare sector, the launch of seven innovative spin-off companies and advice and support provided to multiple innovation projects, including a recent ground-breaking partnership in Scotland with the Digital Health and Care Institute to integrate validated evidence into the digital tools and systems used daily by health and social care personnel.

The organization has also played an important role in the Covid-19 response with dedicated calls for innovation encouraging ideas from health and social care staff.

A key example of this was the organization’s work with NHS Tayside and outdoor clothing specialist Keela International to create the SARUS-CPR balaclava. The invention of NHS Tayside medical director Professor Peter Stonebridge is a small, lightweight hood made of transparent fabric that creates a barrier between the patient and the person performing the resuscitation.

It reduces the risk of contamination and infection by bacteria and viruses such as Covid-19. The idea has been accelerated for development and has now been officially adopted in clinical practice following extensive trials and a positive report from the Scottish Health Technologies Group.


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The new website is part of an ongoing strategic commitment by InnoScot Health to drive connectivity, accelerate a better future of healthcare for all, and bring real value to healthcare innovation. .

Along with the rebranding of InnoScot Health, it also recruited two new key staff members to help drive the organization forward, while expanding its deep expertise.

Leigh Mair has been appointed Chief Innovation Officer for North Scotland and Scottish Islands, while Uma Shanmugam joins InnoScot Health as the new Chief Regulatory Officer.

“At InnoScot Health, we believe innovation is key to unlocking real long-term progress in healthcare and we are delighted that our new website will make it easier for NHS Scotland staff to submit than ever innovative ideas as part of our revitalized modern identity,” said Executive Chairman Graham Watson.

“We have worked with NHS teams for 20 years and have had incredible success, with a range of products and spin-outs that are making a real difference in healthcare.

“As we work to resume the NHS, capitalize on new ways of working and maximize new technology, we need to nurture and draw the best ideas from the talented and diverse workforce we have here in Scotland. We believe the ease of submission through our new site and new features such as digital consultations will make this process much easier.

Professor Jann Gardner, Chief Executive of the NHS Golden Jubilee, said: “InnoScot Health has provided invaluable expertise and services to accelerate NHS-led innovation since its inception 20 years ago.

“I have no doubt that his role will continue to evolve at a critically important time for innovation in healthcare. Providing dedicated support for ideas coming from our health service will play a vital role in the recovery of the NHS and beyond.

Colin Morgan, director and vice president of InnoScot Health, and former director of Johnson and Johnson, said: “We believe the renewed presence of the organization will help accelerate our ambitions and expand our ability to provide health advice. experts to NHS Scotland staff who want to innovate and envision better outcomes for their healthcare services.

“Our new name and digital channels perfectly encapsulate our pride and evolution in what we have already achieved and what we strive to be – a forward-thinking and inclusive organization that plays an important role in the exciting future of Scottish healthcare.”


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