The NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) programme went live on 1 April 2018, in follow up to the Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT) launched last year. Full technical guidance on the ITP scheme is here.
Delivered in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), the ITP aims to remove barriers to the spread and adoption of innovative products or technologies (medical devices, digital platforms and technologies), and the need for multiple price negotiations.
Innovations accepted on to the ITP are directly funded by NHS England and will be available to NHS organisations from April 2018 for one year, after which the support will be reviewed. Find out more on the NHS England website.
NHS England also announced a nationally-backed trial of a technology to cut missed hospital appointments by Wessex-based DrDoctor, as well as a further £1.5 million to pump prime the spread of innovations.
Promising developments are sometimes not adopted because of a lack of evidence to support their use. The money found by NHS England will fund real world evaluation of innovations, including DrDoctor, which allows patients to reschedule their own appointments rather than miss them.
The ITP builds on the recommendations of the Accelerated Access Review (AAR) by offering routes and support for new innovations and technologies that can make a real difference to patient care and outcomes. The programme forms part of a wider set of activities to support innovation in the NHS, led by NHS England with the AHSN Network.
The innovations offered through the ITP are: