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Innovation support pathway

The steps in the pathway of development of innovations and the NISW services offered to support them.  For more information about how NISW works to promote and develop innovation within organisations see the Organisation Support Pathway.

1Innovation Stimulation

Raising awareness of local innovation support and gathering ideas Read more

  • Raising awareness of intellectual property and innovation within the Trust
  • Providing training on intellectual property and the development and exploitation of innovative ideas from time to time as and when agreed between NISW and the Trust
  • Seeking potentially innovative ideas from the Trust's staff
  • Assistance with the protection and maintenance of intellectual property
  • Facilitating links with industry to explore industry solutions to NHS problems
  • Communicating innovative solutions to NHS problems that have been developed elsewhere e.g. other NHS and associated organisations

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2Innovation Assessment

Screening and appraisal of innovations for relevance and potential value Read more

  • Screening potentially innovative ideas to identify opportunities and ensure appropriate focus of development efforts
  • Initial appraisal of opportunities and assessment of value
  • Obtaining peer review and specialist opinion on concept validity and practicality 

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3Innovation Management

Development of the idea, IP protection, and regulatory planning Read more

  • Detailed appraisal of opportunities and assessment of value
  • Assistance in proving a concept/idea
  • Assistance in the development and promotion of a business
    plan
  • Provision of project management supportAssistance with the exploitation of intellectual property
  • Providing ongoing learning and development for trained Trust Innovation Leaders

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4Commercialisation

Developing the commercial strategy, building the case to secure funding and find the right partner Read more

  • Assistance with project development strategy
  • Identification of sources and support for funding applications
  • Commercialisation strategy planning
  • JVs/spin out formation,optimisation of returns, etc.
  • Identification of, approach and negotiation with, potential
    licensees or commercial partners
  • Contract development and negotiation
  • Ongoing market analysis and review
  • Post-deal accounting services: with NISW acting as the Trust's agent in the collection and management of any revenue payable to the Trust as a result of the exploitation of its intellectual property

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5Adoption and Spread

Developing materials and policies to accelerate adoption into wider use across the health economy Read more

  • Development and implementation of new Innovation management policies and practices
  • Stimulation of wider and faster adoption of new innovations and
    best practices
  • Assistance with development of strategies and materials for
    improving and accelerating adoption and spread of innovations
  • Networking and brokering activity to connect interested
    parties and decision makers



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