Lessons from Health Innovation and Education Clusters

Author Jenny Hawkins
Posted 2015.04.03

The Health Innovation and Education Clusters (HIECs) initiative was launched in 2009/10 as an attempt to promote innovation in the NHS by combining the expertise of industry, health and education at a local level.

The initial funding for most of the 17 HIECs set up across England is due to finish this year, although most have secured continuing funds to manage the transition to new structures. Following research and interviews with all of the HIECs, this Briefing looks at their work to date, what impact it has made and what lessons can be learned from their experience of trying to spread innovation through partnerships. (Released 19 June 2012)