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Health Innovation Placement (HIP) Pilot

A new personal development offering for leaders at every level designed to improve digital skills, knowledge, understanding and awareness across the NHS workforce.

What is it?

We know the influx of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) are revolutionising clinical and working practices across health and care. As a consequence, those charged with leading transformation and change must be equipped to horizon-scan, understand and evaluate new innovations and best practice.

The Health Innovation Placement (HIP) pilot is a new Health Education England Digital Readiness Programme offering which is aligned with the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme. It provides leaders with an exciting opportunity to develop through exposure with start-ups / small-medium organisations (SMEs) and to work on the development of a technological solution to a specific NHS problem. The HIP aims to improve participants’ understanding of digital development to enable them to lead, improve and transform the healthcare system by extracting the maximum opportunities from technology.  

This year-long pilot will convene alongside the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme on the evening of 24 February 2022.  The commitment is part-time and will include access to a number of offerings throughout the year including over 100 hours of direct education events with complementary workshops / masterclasses; placement time in SMEs; tailored leadership training; and support from a range of mentors.

What are the benefits?

The HIP pilot is designed to:

  • Bring a new mind set to addressing NHS transformation challenges.
  • Enthuse people to embrace digital solutions as the norm.
  • Generate ideas to take back into day-to-day working through learning from practice and experimentation.
  • Create a network of leaders dedicated to driving change from within and who are well-equipped to do so.
  • Form an effective health and care innovation ecosystem with opportunities to work with and learn from external organisations.
  • Provide the skills and knowledge to support future career development.

Who is it for?

The HIP pilot is targeted at an initial cohort of 10-20 clinical and non-clinical leaders from across the NHS who operate within a context and in a role where - either now or in the future - they are required to drive and implement practical transformational change within their organisation or system. 

Applicants keen to broaden their experience need not be board level but they should be able to demonstrate personal and professional credibility and have demonstrable leadership ability. They should have a track record of taking the initiative and should have been exposed to the delivery of successful (or unsuccessful!) projects in the past. They will bring with them diversity of thought and, specifically, a transformational challenge in their workplace that they are invested in and motivated to overcome.  

How is the HIP pilot structured?

The HIP is designed to meet the needs of people with different development needs, schedules, requirements, and learning styles. ​It will offer a range of support including bespoke education, mentoring, networking and access to exclusive opportunities, expertise and resources tailored as far as possible to individual needs. It will include access to:

  • Approximately 10 x 1.5 days of direct education events, taking place on evenings and weekends throughout the year.
  • Placements in a range of innovative companies (size or phase of development) to suit availability and specific interests (related to addressing challenges) with duration to suit the individuals’ schedule and learning needs.
  • High quality mentorship matched to individual needs delivered 1-2-1 or in small groups around a particular subject or issue. A minimum of 2 hours per month from a range of senior mentors such as the National Clinical Lead for Innovation; commercial/public sector/start-up mentors; or company leaders in receipt of NHSE/AI lab awards.
  • Learning from over 100 start-ups via workshops and masterclasses.

What is the application process?

The Health Innovation Placement pilot will be delivered by Anglia Ruskin University and aligned with NHS England and Improvement’s Clinical Entrepreneur Programme. The HIP will commence with a virtual launch event on Thursday 24 February and the first direct education event is scheduled for 1800-2100 on Friday 11 March and 0930-1430 on Saturday 12 March.  

The application portal is now open and will close on Sunday 30 January 2022. Those who have submitted an expression of interest will be contacted and invited to make a formal application. New applications are also encouraged. 

Applicants will be asked to submit a 60 second filmed elevator pitch detailing the NHS problem they want to solve and why to support their written application.

For more information please contact digitalreadiness@hee.nhs.uk.