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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 Education 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.  

Watch this short video to hear why National Clinical Lead for Innovation at NHS England & Improvement and Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University Professor Tony Young thinks you should apply for the Health Innovation Placement (HIP) pilot!

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.

The Current Cohort 

The Health Innovation Placement (HIP) is a Health Education England Digital Readiness Education year-long pilot programme designed for an initial cohort of 20 Health Innovators. It is delivered by Anglia Ruskin University and aligned with NHS England and Improvement’s Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP).

The HIP commenced with a virtual launch on Thursday 24 February as part of the CEP’s end of year Big Pitch event which celebrates the achievements of the existing cohort of clinical entrepreneurs.

The first direct education event is scheduled for the evening of Friday 11 March and all day on Saturday 12 March and will be hosted by IdeaLondon in the City and at Crypt on the Green in Clerkenwell, London.  This educational ‘pit stop’ delivered by the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme and hosted by Professor Tony Young - Professor of Medical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Anglia Ruskin University and National Clinical Lead for Innovation at NHSE&I, will 

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

Dates for the remaining Pit Stop dates are as follows:

Pit Stop Two

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April 2022

Pit Stop Three

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June 2022

Pit Stop Four

Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 July 2022

Pit Stop Five

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September 2022

Pit Stop Six

Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October 2022

Pit Stop Seven

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December 2022

Pit Stop Eight

Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 January 2023