• 30Jan

    Nesta report examines take up of new ideas by GPs

    A new report by Nesta looks at the early adoption of new ideas across primary care in England. Key findings in Which doctors take up promising ideas include:

    • No single group of GP practices were serial early adopters of all the innovations reviewed, but groups of early adopters were identified around specific types of innovations.
    • Larger GP practices are in a better position to explore and introduce new innovations, while neighbouring practices tended to have similar rates and patterns of adopting new innovations.
    • GPs rely on a range of resources to identify and learn about innovations – including informal local networks, personal relationships, and information systems. Fellow GPs and national guidance were particularly influential sources of information.
    • Local intermediaries – such as Academic Health Science Networks and Clinical Commissioning Groups – have an important role to play in the adoption process.


    Using open data, this report charts where, when and which GP practices across England have taken-up promising innovations. It shows the varied uptake of certain proven drugs, technologies and practices by GP surgeries. The report is based on the analysis of open datasets from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, demographic data, as well as qualitative and quantitative research.


    The report can be read here.