Innovation Exchange

Our Innovation Exchange is designed to help innovators implement solutions to meet the challenges faced by the health and care system in South West England.

Funded by the UK Office for Life Sciences, we work with individuals and organisations who have innovative solutions – such as services, products or new processes – that can be used to improve the NHS and the care system.

We are an innovation broker. We help innovators understand the needs of our health and care system and support them to build partnerships to improve patient care and generate economic growth.

We also provide signposting for early-stage innovators who have an idea that might require time and resource to reach the market.

Learn more about the national Innovation Exchange on the AHSN Network website.


We aim to provide appropriate signposting and support through local services, funding and resources to help move you along the innovation pathway.

Once we receive your engagement form one of our team will be in touch to either request more information, signpost you to a more appropriate service or arrange an introductory call. We are particularly interested to hear how your innovation meets the regional and national needs of the health and care system whilst also supporting health equity. We will aim to connect you to a range of internal support services that may include:

  • Feedback from our Quality Improvement Partner Panels (QuIPPs) programme
  • Advice on spread and adoption of your innovation
  • Information on navigating the health and social care system
  • Guidance from our learning and evaluation team on understanding the potential impact of your innovation to the wider health and social care system
  • Connecting you to our contacts and partners with the relevant experience


Health Equity Innovation Challenge - Apply now!

Our new Health Equity Innovation Challenge is inviting innovators with proven solutions for closing equity gaps in perinatal health or children and young people's mental health to apply for grants of up to £25K to help generate the evidence needed to bring the innovation to market. For more information and to apply click here. Closing date for applications 1 December 2021.

Alongside our challenge we have launched a regional programme focused on improving perinatal outcomes and we would welcome enquiries from innovators that are currently addressing the following key areas in relation to this area. By 'perinatal' we mean the period of time when you become pregnant and up to a year after giving birth.

Barriers to health equity in perinatal care potentially include limited access to services, and variances in quality in service provision. There are likely to be groups of patients who are particularly at risk of health inequity, especially when the services are under pressure. The systems challenges identified may result in further barriers or limited attention on these, more vulnerable groups, or the deployment of existing support and solutions is ineffective in meeting health equity challenges for specific groups.

If you are developing an innovation focused on improving perinatal outcomes then please contact


Our Innovation Exchange platform, Pathfinder, is a starting point for any innovator looking to take their innovation to the next stage of development. Here you’ll find case studies of some of the businesses we have worked with and key resources to help you strengthen your business model and value proposition.

If you have an innovation that you would like to implement in the health and care system, please complete the registration form on Pathfinder or email

Click here to view the terms and conditions of our support.


In addition to our signposting service, we have developed a programme of activities designed to support the spread and adoption of new products, services and processes.

EPIC2 –  We are collaborating with the University of Plymouth, Kernow Health CIC and Software Cornwall to build a sustainable eHealth ecosystem in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This includes the EPIC2 Challenge Fund, a £375,000 grant scheme to help bring digital health innovations to market. For more information and details of how to apply, please visit our page.

Resonance Health and Wellbeing Challenge Fund – This fund has been set up with, Resonance, ourselves, Big Society Capital and The National Lottery Communities Fund to support social enterprises that are addressing key issues in society. To learn more please contact

Smartline – We are partnering with the University of Exeter, Coastline Housing, Volunteer Cornwall and Cornwall Council to help businesses develop digital technologies with the potential to improve health and wellbeing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Spread Academy – The Spread Academy is our immersive training programme delivered in partnership with the renowned US-based Billions Institute, to equip health and care teams and leaders with the skills they need to unleash large-scale change.

QuIPPs – Our Quality Improvement Partner Panels (QuIPPs) are made up of members of the public, patients and staff who have lived experience of the NHS. These panels provide innovators with the chance to obtain feedback and real world validation of their solution, to fine-tune their innovation to make it fit for purpose.

Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance - The Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance (PHIA) is an interdisciplinary, cross-sector partnership dedicated to developing the profile of and maximising opportunities for health-related research, innovation, knowledge exchange, research and development led business growth and inward investment in Plymouth and the South West region.