The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has published its third research output of 2017. The research explains that patients should be at the heart of the development of innovations, and with the outcomes they seek to achieve, in order to radically improve the way in which the NHS engages with, supports and cares for people.
It is widely recognised that patients play a powerful role in successfully developing and scaling innovations – as well as benefiting from them. The recognised roles for patient involvement in health innovation include:
- Paying close attention to patient experience to identify opportunities for innovation
- Inviting direct feedback to learn how to make an innovation successful
- Using patient stories to make a more compelling case for adoption of an innovation
- Leveraging spread of innovation through patients actively demanding change to address unmet need