Innovation and Technology Tariff/Payment

Procurement and cost can both be barriers to the uptake of new products in the NHS.

In April 2017, NHS England launched the Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT) in partnership with Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) so that NHS sites in their regions have access to and can benefit from the latest innovations. The NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) programme went live on 1 April 2018, in follow-up to the ITT.

Both programmes aim to remove financial barriers to the uptake of innovative products into the NHS to improve care for patients.

The SW AHSN supports both programmes, and where needed can help South West NHS organisations get maximum benefit by adopting appropriate products.

The five innovations on the ITT and the four innovations on the ITP are available to health and care providers until spring 2019 on three different cost models, after which the support will be reviewed.

For more information on any of the innovations on the ITT and ITP, please contact


The seven innovations that care providers can order directly from the supplier at no cost are:

Non-Injectable Arterial Connector Implementation (ITT) – an arterial connecting system to reduce bacterial contamination and the accidental administration of medication.
More information can be found on this flyer.
Read the implementation toolkit.


PneuX (ITT) – a pneumonia prevention system, which is designed to stop ventilator-associated pneumonia.
More information can be found on this flyer.
Read the implementation toolkit.



myCOPD (ITT) – a web-based application for the self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
More information can be found on this flyer. Ordered through the Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Read the implementation toolkit.


HeartFlow (ITP) – advanced image analysis software that creates a 3D model of the coronary arteries and analyses the impact that blockages have on blood flow to rapidly diagnose patients with suspected coronary artery disease. The use of the device can avoid the need for invasive investigations.



Endocuff Vision (ITP) – a bowel scope that improves colorectal examination for patients undergoing bowel cancer screening.





SecurAcath (ITP) – a device to secure catheters that reduces the infection risk for patients with a peripherally inserted central catheter. The use of this equipment helps to reduce the time taken to care and treat dressing changes.




The innovation available at 30% discount to designated sites (as eligible trusts can reclaim the difference between this product and regular sutures) is:

Ethicon Plus Antibacterial Sutures (ITP) – a new type of surgical suture – stitching – that reduces the rate of surgery-linked infection (surgical site infection) such as MRSA, through the use of antimicrobial suture packs.



The innovation to be reimbursed based on the number of uses is:

EpiScissors-60 (ITT) – guided mediolateral episiotomy scissors to minimise the risk of obstetric injury.
More information can be found on this flyer.

Read the implementation toolkit.


The innovation provided at the same cost as current procedures is:

Urolift (ITT) – an alternative surgical procedure that can be performed as a day case for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a common and chronic condition where the enlarged prostate can make it difficult for a man to pass urine.
More information can be found on this flyer.


NHS England ITT technical notes.

NHS England ITP technical notes.