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Supporting the NHS response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SHIL Phase 2 COVID-19 Innovation Fund is now open; supporting NHS Scotland adapt, develop and strengthen in response to COVID-19.

Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been a true test for NHS Scotland; but the ability to adapt and innovate at speed has helped protect the NHS while accelerating new ideas and innovations to help improve patient care.

The virus will remain a threat for some time and our NHS must adapt to a new environment and new ways of working, with a focus on treating the virus and remobilising broader health and social care services.

Health and social care professionals are at the heart of this. Their expertise and first-hand experience can generate innovative ideas to help NHS Scotland in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Innovation Call

A package of support for health and social care staff with ideas to support NHS Scotland:

  • Up to £25,000 of initial funding
  • Regulatory support
  • Project management
  • Innovation expertise

How to submit

Submit online now via The process takes 5-10 minutes and all submissions are confidential.

Submissions will close Sunday 31 January 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Submissions can be made now via

This is a simple process - taking approximately 5-10 minutes, and all submissions are confidential.

No set limit, the intention is to rapidly assess all submissions and fast track those with potential. SHIL will maintain flexibility to best support NHS Scotland in its response to COVID-19. 

All ideas are welcomed – from simple to complex, from all disciplines and any member of staff. It could be a medical device, a piece of technology, software or service offering; it could support diagnostics, home care, hygiene or mental health. Anything to improve patient care and the NHS response to COVID-19 will be welcomed and considered. 

We shouldn’t underestimate the pressures staff are under in responding to COVID-19 and remobilising health and social care services. Equally we should not underestimate their knowledge, skills and commitment to continuous improvement – rapid service changes, changes in work environment, adapting to new processes and procedures – staff across NHS and indeed other sectors, are going above and beyond in responding to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Their insight and experience is hugely important; and if an idea or solution is sparked, we want to make this quick. A simple online submission form captures the idea and then the team at Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) will drive this forward. It is the way the team have always worked – working collaboratively with health professionals, managing projects that would otherwise be difficult to balance with clinical or personal commitments.

This will vary by project and depends on many factors e.g. complexity, stage of development, funding requirements. We are working at pace across Scotland and will accelerate ideas to the next stage as quickly as possible.

SHIL has an established national innovation pathway, however SHIL will continue to maintain flexibility to best support NHS Scotland in its response to COVID-19. 

SHIL will assess and support selected innovations from concept to final product. The innovation team have years of experience evaluating ideas from health professionals.

An established evaluation process exists including viability of the idea, regulatory considerations, market assessment, commercial feasibility, clinical evaluation and technical considerations. These will be flexible and proportionate to the urgency and need for innovation

The SHIL team continue to work remotely. The innovation team cover the whole of Scotland and are available via email or mobile to support as required. Useful resources are also available via the SHIL website and stay up to date via @ScotHealthInno.


SHIL is also working at this time is to support the NHS response to COVID-19. 

Working closely with colleagues across NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government as part of the collective effort, we are providing our services and support in:

Contact the team

  • Immediate enquiries can be sent to
  • The team is fully operational on a remote basis - email and mobile numbers are available via Our People section of the website

Useful links

  • Search the following hashtags: #Coronavirus #COVID19 on Twitter
  • Daily updates via @scotgov
  • Latest health advice via @nhs24

 All advice and support from SHIL will be kept under continuous review to reflect changing circumstances.