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Submit your idea

Do you have an idea that could improve patient care?

A robust process that allows us to identify innovations that will best improve patient care

SHIL receives many submissions each year, ranging from simple but highly effective devices such as our Rhinopinch though to complex data analysis platforms such as those provided by spin-out company Aridhia. To aid the speed of our evaluation process, and increase the chance of your idea being taken forward for development, we strongly recommend reading the SHIL selection criteria. Our Innovation Managers, who evaluate all ideas submitted to us for their technical and commercial feasibility, use this same criterion to decide which innovations to investigate further.

When deciding whether to submit a proposal to SHIL, please consider the following.

NHS resources

Developing new and improved treatments allows NHS resources to be focussed where they will be most effective. Does your idea have the potential to free up NHS resources from your field of medicine? Some examples of how your innovation could positively impact the use of resources within the health service could be:

  • It saves nursing and clinical colleagues time on a specific task or procedure, increasing the amount of time available for other aspects of care
  • The innovation will save the NHS money by streamlining or otherwise improving the provision of services
  • Your idea will replace a piece of equipment that is currently expensive to procure with a more cost-effective option.

Our Innovation Managers will also evaluate the commercial viability of your idea, and the potential that it has to generate revenue and actively generate resources for your Health Board.

Market size

The market for any proposed new product will play a role in determining the commercial value of your innovation. You should consider:

  • Does a market already exist for the product you have submitted? Is there already significant competition between established products with similar uses to your innovation?
  • Does your idea have the potential to generate a new market, and if so how lucrative will that market be? Will it be small, catering to a ‘niche’ section of the healthcare landscape, or cut across a wide range of medical fields?

Novelty and inventiveness

SHIL will consider how novel and inventive the proposed innovation is. The ability to protect the intellectual property of your idea can be an important  factor in whether it will be a commercial success.

Technical feasibility

As the health service transitions to a more technically dependent healthcare system many of the best innovations will be driven through technology. Many will also have great commercial attraction and potential.

Consider the technical feasibility of your ideas before you submit it to us:

  • Will the product be relatively easy to produce and prototype, for example, does it consist of materials that are already widely available for manufacture?
  • If the idea is more technical in nature, are the components it requires likely to be high value and therefore costly? Will it require a sizeable investment of time and funding to take it through development, into prototyping? The cost and complexity of prototyping and development is not a detriment to your idea, but is one of the many factors SHIL evaluates when planning how to take innovations forward.