About Propel@YH

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN (Academic Health Science Networks), along with programme partners and subject matter experts, will commence the delivery of Propel@YH from October 2020.

Returning for a second year after a successful launch in 2019, Propel@YH is Yorkshire and Humber’s first regional digital health accelerator and supports organisations from across the world to bring their innovative digital health solutions to the region’s patients and the wider health economy.

Propel@YH will provide a unique and tailored set of advisory, guidance and supportive services, enabling digital health solutions to flourish within the region.

Recognising that the sales cycle within healthcare can be challenging and often lengthy, Propel@YH will provide a structured programme of support and advice that will enable organisations to accelerate their growth and market presence in the longer term.

As subject matter experts, mHabitat will be delivering the majority of the masterclass content this year. This year also sees the University of Leeds’ innovation hub, Nexus, support the programme as community partners. Barclays Eagle Labs will also join to provide business support through their national incubator network and leading health law firm Hill Dickinson return as legal partners. Leeds City Council is also supporting the programme. The new partners significantly bolster the Propel@YH programme, bringing greater benefits to digital health innovators selected to take part.

About Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network

YHAHSN LogoYorkshire & Humber AHSN is one of 15 AHSNs set up by NHS England in 2013 and relicensed from April 2018 to operate as the key innovation arm of the NHS.

The aim of the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is to create significant improvements in the health of the population by reducing service variability and improving patient experience in the health care system.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN helps ensure new innovative products and services that have the potential to transform lives become part of routine clinical practice. The organisation also assists in providing economic growth for the region, supporting inward investment projects and industry that support the health sector.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is the commissioning organisation behind Propel@YH and has funded the programme along with support from its partners.

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The Programme

Propel@YH has been launched by Yorkshire & Humber AHSN (Academic Health Science Network) to provide innovative organisations developing digital health solutions with access to a structured course of support and advice aimed at enabling accelerated company growth and increased market presence.

This will include:

  • Masterclasses on how to build clinical safety cases, develop evidence-based proposals and understanding procurement in the NHS.
  • Digital innovator surgeries, a rolling programme to include pitch development with input from industry experts.
  • Access to expert partner organisations including NHS providers and commissioners, primary and secondary care organisations, academic institutions and industry representatives. These include;
    • Nexus community membership, which provides use of co-working space and business lounge, access to member events and support from the Engagement team through ‘drop-in’ sessions to broker connections with the University of Leeds (this will be reviewed in line with the government guidelines and may be subject to change)
    • Eagle Labs will provide high growth banking expertise and digital skills training alongside access to resident expecters and coaches, education and mentor events and workshops with industry experts.
    • Hill Dickinson will deliver workshops on intellectual property, company law, partnership/collaborative working, non-disclosure agreements and cross border transactions.
  • Developing a patient-centred, co-designed approach to your digital solution with input from patient representatives.
  • Signposting and introductions to organisations who may be able to provide financial support.
  • Other business essentials, such as expert mentoring and dedicated one-to-one support, covering topics such as marketing, legal, finance and more.

These are some of the events the 2020 cohort will get involved with:

  • How the NHS works – an introduction to the health system in England
  • Clinical safety by design – how to design in clinical safety throughout the digital development process
  • Making the grade – how to develop your digital product to meet the requirements of the NHS Digital Tools library
  • Digital by design – how to implement a human-centred design approach to developing digital products and services
  • NASSS Framework assessment clinic
  • Building the evidence base – how to develop a benefits realisation case and generate evidence that really counts
  • Understanding procurement in the NHS – find out from the experts about how procurement works in the NHS
  • Cohort-defined learning clinics

Key dates

  • Applications Open – Thursday 6th Aug 09:00
  • Webinar – 2nd September 13:00 GMT
  • Applications Close – Thursday 24th September 23:59
  • Assessment Starts – Monday 28th September
  • Assessment day – Friday 9th October
  • Cohort Launch – Friday 16th October
  • Programme commences – Monday 26th October
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