Hospital trust staff to get access to innovative management services through new partnership

Health Enterprise East (HEE) has announced a partnership with the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust employs around 8,000 staff and serves a population of over 460,000 people in Exeter, East Devon and Mid-Devon.

Internationally recognised across a number of specialist fields, the Trust is partnering with HEE to provide staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust with access to a suite of innovation management services, including support with specialist skills in IP, commercialisation and access to funding.

In the first months of the partnership, HEE will be reviewing the Trust’s current portfolio of innovations, supporting it to identify those with the potential to improve both the quality and efficiency of care provided.

HEE will also look to provide coaching to Trust staff to help them identify areas of unmet clinical need that technology could help to solve. Further, HEE will work with staff to facilitate collaborative partnerships with third parties including industry, academia and the charitable sector on innovations of mutual interest. The ultimate aim being to benefit patients by giving them rapid access to the latest innovative treatments and technologies.

Dr Anne Blackwood, CEO of HEE, commented: “The south west is a new region for Health Enterprise East so we are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our services into this area, especially in partnership with such a well-regarded NHS Trust.

“We currently partner with 24 NHS member organisations across primary and secondary care and mental health, 19 of which are hospitals. We look forward to working with the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to ensure that ideas that have the potential to change patients’ lives are identified, supported and commercialised.”

Dave Tarbet, Business Development Director, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, said: “At the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, we work in collaboration with Exeter University to carry out cutting-edge research into new treatments and improved understanding of disease.

“Our new partnership with Health Enterprise East will build on this and give us access to advice, insight and funding to convert our research into viable products and new services for the benefit of patients. We are delighted to be working with Health Enterprise East to change both staff and patients’ lives for the better.”

HEE works with the NHS, MedTech and healthcare companies nationally and internationally to help turn innovative ideas into products and services that will benefit patients, the NHS and the wider economy.

It offers clients a unique range of technology advisory and innovation management services which include IP management, technology commercialisation, strategic analysis and market validation.

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