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Frequently Asked Questions: Health Innovation Programme

Q: Can I apply if I’m outside of the West of England AHSN geographical area?

A: Priority will be given to applicants employed in the West of England AHSN geographical boundaries which cover North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. Applications from Wessex AHSN, Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN and South West AHSN geographical boundaries will also be considered.

Q: Where can I get some advice on submitting my application?

A:  Please email Naomi Caney, [email protected]

Q: What do you mean by innovative product, concept or service, and what stage in development should it be?

A: It has to be a new idea or concept. The concept must be realisable into a sustainable business model/proposition.

Q: Is the training programme open to anyone?

A: Please see the candidate criteria

Q: Can we attend the course as a team working on the same business proposition?

A: There is an opportunity to attend the course as a team. As the Programme is focused on developing personal skill sets, we are asking all team members to submit an application form individually. The applications will be reviewed separately and entrepreneurs will be accepted on their own merit.

Q: Is the programme free of charge?

A: Yes, the cost of the Programme is covered by the West of England AHSNs. There is an application and selection process. We are unable to reimburse any additional expenses incurred as a result of undertaking this programme.

Q: Is this course about “selling to the NHS”?

A: This course is largely focused on personal skill development and taking your ideas forward.  The content will include insights that may support deployment of your innovation within the NHS but this will be as an adjunct to the overall programme. The AHSN’s Innovation Excahgne programmes have a variety of resource to help businesses navigate the NHS procurement processes.

Q: Will I be able to pick the studied modules?

A: The modules have been developed to create a well-rounded programme, with core components covered throughout the course. There is a requirement to attend all modules of the course.

Q: What happens if I can’t make one of the module dates?

A: To gain full benefit from the programme we would recommend attendance at all sessions. If you feel this will be an issue please contact Naomi Caney, [email protected] to discuss options.

Q: What’s the deadline for applications?

A: Applications will be open until Friday, 28 October, 9.00.  Therefore we would encourage early applications to those who require 6 weeks notice to plan for study leave.

Q: Intellectual Property Guidance – How is my IP protected during the training?

A:  All Intellectual Property rights will remain with the original owner of them. Please take further advice from your employer before the course if you have queries over IP issues in your proposition. It is your decision about how much information you share about your proposition and whether you wish to keep this to ‘headlines’ only. However you will get more from the course if you can talk about your proposition. If your proposition is at a particularly commercially sensitive stage, you may not wish to take the course at this time.

Q: Do I need a letter of support from my employer to attend the course?

A: If you are selected for the course, you may be asked to provide it.

Candidate Selection Criteria

If you have any further questions, please contact: Andrea Kelly, [email protected] or Naomi Caney, [email protected]

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