NHS Innovation Technology Tariff: fast track funding so NHS patients get treatment innovations faster
It takes 17 years on average from the emergence of a health innovation to its widespread use. The Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT) is a programme set up by NHS England at the end of 2016, to fast-track the spread of certain technology and apps throughout 2017-19. The Tariff removes the need for each CCG and/or NHS Trust to individually negotiate prices, whilst also guaranteeing automatic reimbursement for some costs of the products. This will ultimately remove barriers to the diffusion and uptake of innovation.
The products on the Innovation and Technology Tariff are:
- Guided Mediolateral Episiotomy Scissors: to minimise the risk of obstetric anal sphincter injury
- Arterial Connecting Systems: to reduce bacterial contamination and accidental administration of medication
- Pneumonia Prevention Systems: designed to stop ventilator-associated pneumonia
- Web-based applications for self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Frozen Faecal Microbiota Treatment: an alternative to antibiotic treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection
- Management of Benign prostatic hyperplasia as a day case
The ITT went live on 1 April 2017. NHS England and the AHSN network are keen to encourage the adoption and spread of these products.
NHS England is holding a series of webinars to provide insight on the unique zero-cost procurement and reimbursement tariff model. NHS England and the AHSN Network are also hosting a face-to-face event about the Tariff on 30 May at UCL Partners, London: Sign up here.
The next set of NHS England ITT webinars are on:
4 May, 12:00-13:00 Sign up here
9 May, 11:00-12:00 Sign up here
17 May, 10:30-11:30 Sign up here
24 May, 09:30-10:30 Sign up here
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