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Innovation in the NHS driven by NICE

6th December 2011

The government has given the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence a large extension to its activities as part of their ongoing innovation programme for the NHS.


The Department of Health published a review on Monday which set out a number of points concerning NICE's role.

These include NICE's responsibility in carrying out technology appraisals and the creation of a compliance regime.

A NICE collaboration will also be established to aid providers in the implementation of new technology guidance.

This collaborative group will involve the NHS Commissioning Board, the NHS Confederation, the chief pharmaceutical officer, the clinical commissioning coalition, the royal medical colleges and the major industry bodies.

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson stated in the Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012-13 said the NHS needed to concentrate on innovation in order to generate £20 billion of efficiency savings over the next four years.

In the foreword to the report, published yesterday, Sir David sais in the foreword to the report that the NHS needed to do things "differently" in order to improve quality and address current financial issues. 

He said: "This means that simply doing more of what we have always done is no longer an option. We need to do things differently."

"We need to radically transform the way we deliver services. Innovation is the way – the only way – we can meet these challenges. Innovation must become core business for the NHS." 

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