Helping NHS teams have access to the latest healthcare innovations

The NHS Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT) and the NHS Innovation and Technology Programme (ITP) in partnership with Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) allows NHS teams to have access to and benefit from the latest innovations.

The ITP supports the NHS to adopt innovative market-ready medical devices, diagnostics, digital platforms and technologies by removing financial or procurement barriers. In 2018 – 2019, four new innovations that have shown to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care, have been selected.

For each innovation, Eastern AHSN can help NHS teams bring the benefits of these innovations to people in the eastern region by offering access advice, guidance and in some cases additional practical support. This may include resources or project management. The financial incentives and routes of access vary across each of the products.

The five innovations on the ITT are:

  • Non-Injectable Arterial Connector Implementation (NIC): an arterial connecting system to reduce bacterial contamination and the accidental administration of medication.
  • PneuX: a pneumonia prevention system, which is designed to stop ventilator-associated pneumonia.
  • myCOPD: a web-based application for the self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • EpiScissors-60: guided mediolateral episiotomy scissors to minimise the risk of obstetric injury.
  • Urolift: an alternative surgical procedure that can be performed as a day case for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a common and chronic condition where the enlarged prostate can make it difficult for a man to pass urine.

The four innovations on the ITP are:

  • HeartFlow: advanced image analysis software that creates a 3D model of the coronary arteries and analyses the impact that blockages have on blood flow to rapidly diagnose patients with suspected coronary artery disease.
  • Plus Sutures: a new type of surgical suture – stitching – that reduces the rate of surgery-linked infection (surgical site infection) such as MRSA, through the use of antimicrobial suture packs.
  • Endocuff Vision: a medical device which attaches to the distal end of an endoscope that improves colorectal examination for patients undergoing bowel cancer tests.
  • SecurAcath: a device to secure catheters that reduces the infection risk for patients with a peripherally inserted central catheter. The use of this equipment helps to reduce the time taken to care and treat dressing changes. This type of catheter is normally used in people needing intravenous access for several weeks or months in both inpatient and outpatient settings. NICE estimate up to 120,000 people per year could be eligible.

Please contact Eastern AHSN if you are interested in having a conversation with us on any of the innovations shown above. Email

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