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Innovate Healthier Together Programme

The Innovate Healthier Together Programme aims to increase the uptake and spread of successful innovative practices across Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS).

This programme will look at innovation through a broad lens; it could be a new way of working, a new idea, method or device.

The ‘Innovate Healthier Together Programme’ will support NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB) in their ambitions to change lives and improve health, wellbeing and care for the populations they serve.

This is a space for you to find out more about innovation in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and explore opportunities to get involved in the Innovate Healthier Together Programme.

In addition to this space, please sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up to date with all things innovation in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

“I’m delighted that colleagues across the ICS will have the opportunity to connect and learn about the huge amount of innovative activity going on in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire through this new programme. Innovate Healthier Together will foster new connections and nurture a culture of innovation; to encourage innovative thinking and drive innovative activity in health and care to improve outcomes for our citizens and patients.” – Shane Devlin, Chief Executive, NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB

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News from Innovate Healthier Together

The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Transformation Hub Completes Innovate Healthier Together Development Programme

One of the key objectives of Innovate Healthier Together is to develop our local innovation talent pool. With the support of colleagues from the West of England Academy we have curated a three-part accredited Innovate Healthier Together Development Programme. In the autumn 2023, we were delighted to accept our first cohort.

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Launch of the Innovate Healthier Together Programme

Health Innovation West of England is working in partnership with NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB) to deliver an exciting new programme to accelerate the adoption and spread of innovation across our Integrated Care System (ICS).

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Upcoming Events

The Innovate Healthier Together Programme is committed to fostering a community passionate about innovation in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

By hosting monthly lunch-and-learn events, alongside a mix of online and in-person networking and learning gatherings, we aim to create forums for collaboration and knowledge exchange as well as provide opportunities for continuous learning, allowing participants to keep up to date on the latest trends and advancements in health and care.

These events serve as vital touchpoints for people from diverse backgrounds to connect, share insights, and explore new ideas in health and care.

Our goal is to cultivate an environment where interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly around innovation, is not just encouraged but actively facilitated.

Monthly Lunch and Learn events

Next Session: February Lunch and Learn
Session Topic: Introduction to Lunch and Learns
Guest speakers: GetUBetter
Date: Monday 26 February, 2 – 2:45pm
Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams
Book: Book your place on the February Lunch and Learn

Other events

Further events are currently being planned and will be announced here as soon as we are ready to share more with you.

Meet the Innovate Healthier Together Programme team

Ellie Wetz, Associate Director

I’ve had the pleasure of working at Health Innovation West of England for about 10 years now. I was also fortunate to be recently seconded to NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB for 18 months, so feel I know this system and all its partner organisations well.

I’m thrilled to be working on a programme that has such a big ambition to accelerate innovation into practice in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. I think the foundations are there – but with a bit of dedicated support to strengthen the culture of innovation through practical application of design-thinking, networking, thought leadership and collaboration across sectoral and organisational boundaries, I think we could collectively and genuinely, achieve better outcomes for our citizens and patients.

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Will Bennett, Senior Project Manager

Whilst I’m relatively new to the world of Health Innovation Networks, I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent the past couple of years on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, learning about different areas of the NHS in three different rotations.

A challenge I experienced across all organisations was that the innovation infrastructure required to effectively integrate innovative solutions into practice wasn’t always there.

I’m delighted to be able to work with colleagues across the system on this programme and understand how we can collectively develop this innovation infrastructure to drive improvements for our populations.

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Get in touch

If you see something that interests you, we would love to hear about it. Big or small, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of the following team members.

Ellie Wetz
Associate Director of the Innovate Healthier Together Programme
Ellie.Wetz@nhs.net

Will Bennett
Senior Project Manager of the Innovate Healthier Together Programme
Will.Bennett@nhs.net

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  • Read the January 2024 Innovate Healthier Together Newsletter