New NHS scheme will improve access to treatments and services

The Department of Health and Social Care has revealed that the NHS is working on creating quicker access to treatments and services

New improvements to the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) will put the most promising and pioneering medicines, diagnostic tools and digital services through the clinical development and regulatory approval process faster.

The AAC was set up in 2018 to speed up the time it takes for patients to benefit from ground-breaking products for conditions such as cancer, dementia and diabetes.

It will now become the new umbrella organisation for UK health innovation. It will also act as the ‘front door’ for innovators looking to get their products funded by the NHS and will provide support to overcome barriers that can prevent the best medical innovations from reaching patients.

The AAC has already selected and supported 12 ‘rapid uptake products’ to increase their use within the NHS.

Together the products have the potential to improve the lives of around 500,000 patients and save the NHS up to £30m.

Health minister, Nicola Blackwood, said: “I want the NHS to be at the forefront of cutting-edge treatments and medical innovations – but often it can take too long for products to get from the bench to the bedside.

“The Accelerated Access Collaborative will speed up this process so patients and the NHS can be the first in the world to benefit from the most transformative technologies and treatments as part of our Long Term Plan.”

Lord David Prior, chair of NHS England, said: “Our ambition is very clear: the NHS will be the most innovative health care system in the world with much easier access and much quicker uptake of new and innovative products.

“This applies to therapeutics, diagnostics, digital devices and our whole supply chain. It is a top priority for the NHS.”

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