Andrea Haworth selected as NHS Innovation Accelerator fellow.

NHS England, UCLPartners, The Health Foundation and the Academic Health Science Networks, established the NHS Innovation Accelerator earlier this year. It is a fellowship programme aiming to bring about the right conditions and cultural change required for timely adoption of innovative technology throughout the NHS. 

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director at NHS England, launched the call for application in January. After a rigorous selection process, yesterday he announced the 17 successful candidates. “The NHS stands on the cusp of a revolution in innovation. At its heart, innovation is the will to do better, to find solutions for existing needs or new problems through more effective products, processes, technology or even the way we deliver services. Today we increase the opportunity for improving patient care by creating new conditions for ideas to thrive.”

Amongst the initial cohort is Congenica’s Head of Clinical Services, Andrea Haworth, “I am delighted to be selected as one of the fellows in this exciting new initiative. I want to assist the NHS in delivering the best treatment to its patients. To have innovative technology adopted by the NHS provides an internationally recognised endorsement of quality; so this initiative is a win-win for all involved.”

Congenica are going from strength to strength at the moment. Recently, their Sapientia system passed through Genomics England’s extraordinary head-to-head clinical interpretation system selection process. It certainly sounds like Sapientia is in a strong position to be an important part of the future of UK healthcare. Haworth explains, “Sapientia enables a tenfold increase in diagnostic yield, shorter test turnaround times, and improved clinical decision support for identifying disease-causing mutations. This will allow doctors to implement a more personalised management and treatment plan for the patient… Adoption of this approach by the NHS will speed up diagnosis of their condition so that care can be given in a shorter timeframe, reducing the stress and uncertainty for their parents.”

The fellowship includes a bursary and support through the Academic Health Science Networks to help them introduce their innovations across the country. In addition, they also receive mentorship from renowned innovators Lord Ara Darzi, Lord Kakkkar and Professor Andrew Morris.