Realising Innovation

HEE was established in 2004 as the Innovation Hub for the eastern region, but has since grown to offer a wide range of technology advisory and innovation management services to the NHS. Our work ensures NHS ideas are developed to realise their potential.

HEE  is currently working with 28 Trusts in the East of England, East Midlands and North London providing a range of services delivered by an expert team, these include:

  • Intellectual property management & commercialisation advice and support
  • Proof of concept assistance CPD accredited innovation training

Tell us about your idea

Use our simple form to tell us about your idea or innovation.

This can also be done via the designated IP lead or Innovation Scout at your Trust.

The information disclosed will be treated as confidential and following a review an Innovation Manager will be in contact with you.

Submit your idea through the online Disclosure Form




What happens next?

The initial evaluation of an idea disclosed involves reviewing a number of key aspects, including:

  • Exploring the unmet need and patient benefit

  • Determining the potential market opportunity

  • Ascertaining the Intellectual Property (IP) that could be protected

  • Estimating the development requirements and costs

This initial evaluation review takes 4 – 6 weeks and it may be necessary to meet to discuss an idea further.

Following the review, HEE will provide your organisation with feedback and recommended next steps, including any proposed support which may be offered by HEE to assist with the development of the idea.

The next steps for your innovation

Recommendations and next steps are dependent on the nature of the innovation, but may include:

  • Intellectual property  protection

  • Prototype development

  • Proof of concept 

  • Commercialisation strategy

  • Deal negotiation

NHS Trusts have IP policies providing details of the sharing of revenues generated from commercialisation. These ‘reward to inventor’ schemes are set by each individual Trust with the Trust’s Research and Development department usually responsible for the policy itself.

Health Enterprise East Innovation Showcase


Click on the below image to view a range of  innovations from our member organisations,
or meet some of our inventors and their fantastic ideas.



Meet the Inventor...

Dr Tamsin Brown

Community Paediatrician
Cambridgeshire Community Services
Invention: Hear Glue Ear

Meet the Inventor...

Dr Vincent Gnanapragasam

Consultant Urological Surgeon
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Innovation: CAMPROBE (Cambridge Prostate
Biopsy Device)

Meet the Inventor...

Dr Andrew Michell

Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology
Cambridge University Hospitals
Invention: Ulnar Splint