A:7 Inspire, Innovate, Improve – Supporting Transformational Change in Our Health Service

Session Summary

Commitment to innovation and improvement ensures our health service continually evolves; adapting to new patterns of care, increased demand and opportunities from new treatment and technology advances.

Healthcare innovation involves a range of activities around the development, uptake and adoption of new approaches that generate value in terms of quality and safety of care, administrative efficiency, the patient experience, and patient outcomes. This could range from a medical device, a piece of technology, software or service offering – there really are no boundaries. In essence, it seeks to improve upon something that has come before, or fix a problem that needs a solution. Whether small or incremental, large or disruptive – it’s all about transformational change.

The session demonstrated innovation as a core activity within NHSScotland – the teams, processes and support available to accelerate ideas and innovations into viable products and services improving the quality and value of patient care.