Introduction to the primary care accelerator

Primary care is the first contact point for most patients in our community when they need access to health care services. Primary care practitioners act as a lynchpin by connecting people and providers of care services whilst delivering a continuity of care to all patients regardless of health or other status.

Given the importance of primary care to a well-functioning health and care system, Eastern AHSN is inviting proposals from primary care practices or federations who have ambition to adopt innovation, to benefit patients in our region.

Selected proposals will receive access to resources and funding of up to £75,000 to help successfully achieve local ambitions in return for the projects sharing knowledge of what works and what doesn’t across the region.

Focus on genetics and genomics

During 2017/18, the second year of the primary care accelerator, we have prioritised supporting innovations that align to delivery of the NHS England Five Year Forward View and “improving outcomes through personalised medicine”, which explains how genetics will enhance care delivery across the NHS.

In partnership with East of England Genomic Medicine Centre, we are looking to accelerate the implementation of genomics within primary care by supporting a number of projects.

If you have an innovative genomics project that has one or more of the following ambitions, we would love to hear from you

  • More convenient patient access to health and care services
  • Increased use of personalised medicine, genetics or genomics to improve patient outcomes
  • Expanded multidisciplinary primary care

Proposals will need to meet the criteria provided (see below) and if successful, will receive:

  • Matched funding of up to £75,000 to pump prime implementation of innovation
  • Access to relevant subject matter experts as appropriate
  • Access to a named project manager who will support the practice or federation to capture evidence from the evaluation
  • Priority access to Eastern AHSN transformational support events including access to subject matter experts and a network of other innovators

In return, the proposals will need to commit to:

  • Delivering an innovative programme of work within primary care that aligns fully to the five year forward view and improving outcomes through personalised medicine
  • Participating in evaluation of the project and sharing results as openly as possible (without compromising commercial sensitivity and / or confidential data)
  • Supporting fast followers should the project be successful (up to a maximum of five days)

We welcome proposals submitted before noon on 15 September 2017. If you have further queries, please contact

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