Every innovation starts with an idea. Ideas from people like you. People working within health and social care who can spot opportunities, solve problems, and identify ways to make things better.
In healthcare it might be a new medical device, gadget, or piece of equipment; a new software or technology opportunity; or a service improvement. Anyone working in health and social care across Scotland can submit an idea to InnoScot Health. So, if you have spotted a way to improve healthcare, get in touch.
What we look for
We look for ideas that can become commercially viable healthcare products or services. Ideas that advance innovation and patient care. It could be an idea to improve, or complement, an existing product or device on the market, or something completely new. Whatever idea you have speak to our team for expert advice and support.
Is your idea viable?
The first thing our team will look for is whether your idea is viable overall. In essence, will InnoScot Health be able to support the idea to completion with the relevant resources we are able to identify and deploy?
If the idea is more technical in nature, are the components it requires likely to be high value and therefore costly?
Will it require a large investment of time and funding to take it through development, into prototyping?
Will the product be relatively easy to prototype and then produce? For example, does it consist of materials that are already widely available for manufacture?
While the cost and complexity of development and prototyping is not a detriment to your idea, it is one of the many factors that our team will evaluate when planning which projects are viable to take on. Providing as much information on these points as possible will allow the team to better plan and allocate resources, which in turn gives a greater chance of being selected.
What impact will your idea have on NHS resources?
Developing and implementing new ideas can allow NHS resources to be focussed where they will be most effective. Does your idea have the potential to free up NHS resources from your field of medicine?
Some examples of how your idea could impact the use of resources within the health service could be:
It saves nursing and clinical colleagues time on a specific task or procedure, increasing the amount of time available for other aspects of care
It reduces costs for the NHS by streamlining or improving the provision of services
It replaces a piece of equipment that is expensive to procure with a more cost-effective option
Our Innovation Managers evaluate the commercial viability of your idea, and the potential that it has to generate revenue and resources for NHS Scotland.
Is your idea commercially viable?
The biggest consideration for whether your idea could be a commercial success will be the market for any proposed new product.
Does a market already exist for the end product of your idea?
Is there already significant competition between established products with similar uses to your idea?
Does your idea have the potential to generate a new market, and if so how lucrative will that market be?
Will the market size be small, catering to a bespoke section of the healthcare landscape, or cut across a wide range of medical fields?
How unique is your idea?
InnoScot Health will consider how unique the proposed idea is. Does it have an inventive element, or use a new process that isn’t currently in use?
The ability to protect the intellectual property (IP) of your idea can be an important factor in whether it will have commercial success.
If you you need inspiration or support we have a range of resources to help
Bringing a new product or service to market requires both clinical and commercial acumen and dedicated resource to make it happen. InnoScot Health is the one-stop shop for health and social care staff with ideas for improving healthcare.
Robert Rea, Head of Innovation, InnoScot Health