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Health professionals lack awareness of innovation campaigns

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How much do healthcare professionals know about drives to take up innovative technologies?

Most healthcare professionals are ignorant of major government-led initiatives to drive take-up of new technologies.

A survey of NHS staff by the BioIndustry Association (BIA) shows only 11% of respondents are aware of the accelerated access review*, a government-commissioned report intended to help speed up access to innovative treatments.

Almost half of the respondents were not aware of any of the following initiatives: Innovation health and wealth: accelerating adoption and diffusion in the NHSacademic health science networks, the innovation scorecardand NHS test beds.

Only 5% of all respondents were aware of the innovation scorecard, a figure that rose to just 11% at chief executive and board level. Just 12% were aware of Innovation health and wealth.

The data also show that only 20% of NHS staff are aware of the early access to medicines scheme, which was introduced in the 2011 life sciences strategy.

BIA published results from its March survey in response to a House of Lords inquiry on life sciences and the industrial strategy.

*Speaking at the Association of British Healthcare Industries 2017 conference, the parliamentary under-secretary of state Lord O’Shaughnessy said the government would give its long-awaited response to the consultation on the accelerated access review by the end of October.

Further information

BIA: BIA polling signals that leadership, alignment and buy-in key to deliver accelerated access in the UK 

Website: Association of British Healthcare Industries

Website: BIA

Wellards: Accelerated access review

Wellards: Market access