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Themed calls

Targeted areas of need

Our themed calls are a direct response to areas of health and social care that are ripe for innovation. Targeted at specific areas of need, these calls focus attention and inspire new thinking, new ideas and new approaches.


This package of support for NHS Scotland staff includes up to £25k of initial seed funding, regulatory support, project management, and the extensive innovation expertise of the InnoScot Health team.

Themed calls

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd is now InnoScot Health. Themed calls prior to 20 June 2022 will reference our old identity.

Sustainability call

Open

InnoScot Health is seeking sustainable, forward-thinking ideas from health and social care professionals that can help support NHS Scotland to adapt, develop and strengthen in response to climate change.

Frailty call

Open

InnoScot Health is seeking ideas from health and social care professionals that can help transform the quality of life for people living with frailty; and help NHS Scotland adapt to changing demographics and increase in service use as people become frailer.

About our support

Can anyone put an idea forward?

In simple terms, yes. InnoScot Health has worked in partnership with NHS Scotland since 2002, protecting and supporting NHS initiated ideas. This is our main focus, but we also assess and support ideas from students, members of the public, start-ups, SMEs and established companies that would benefit from collaboration with the NHS.

How many projects will be supported per call?

No set limit, the InnoScot Health team rapidly assesses all submissions and fast track those with potential.

What ideas are you looking for?

All ideas are welcomed – from simple to complex, from all disciplines and any member of staff. It could be a medical device, a piece of technology, software or service offering.

What funding is available?

InnoScot Health offers initial and rapid ‘kick start’ funding, allowing promising ideas to be fast-tracked with additional funding leveraged as needed to support development, testing or manufacture. Our team has years of experience in leveraging additional funding to support the development and commercialisation of innovative healthcare ideas.

Do NHS staff have time?

New ideas are central to the improvement of sustainable patient care. It’s true health and social care professionals are extremely busy but they also have incredible knowledge, expertise and first hand experience of the NHS, how it works, and how to make things better. It is InnoScot Health's mission to provide the right encouragement and support, to attract and develop these ideas.

A simple online submission form captures the idea, and the InnoHealth Scotland team will then work closely with health professionals to develop the innovation. The team has always worked in this way, managing projects that would otherwise be difficult for health and social care staff to balance with personal or clinical commitments.

How long until proposed solutions will be available/used?

This will vary by project and depends on many factors, including complexity, stage of development, and funding requirements.

What are the stages?

InnoScot Health has an established pathway for projects, but also has the capacity to act quickly on new ideas with immediate relevance. The initial steps couldn’t be easier – make a submission using our online form.

This short form needs you to submit your basic information, the concept, and then your idea will be evaluated by our team, who have years of experience in healthcare development and regulation.

Who will assess these ideas?

The innovation team at InnoScot Health will assess and support selected ideas from concept to the final product. The team has over 20 years of experience evaluating ideas from health professionals.

What is the assessment criteria?

An established criteria exists including the viability of the idea, regulatory considerations, commercial feasibility, clinical evaluation and technical considerations. These will be flexible and proportionate to the urgency and need for the idea.

What other support is available?

The InnoHealth Scotland team largely operates remotely. Our innovation team cover the whole of Scotland, and are available for basic questions or a bespoke consultation, while our submission guide lists the criteria the team use when assessing ideas.