CW Innovation: Two Years On

CW Innovation, launched two years ago and jointly led by CW+ and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, tests and scales high-impact innovations that improve patient care and the way we run our hospitals.

Together, we look for new and innovative solutions that address the most fundamental challenges healthcare organisations face today.

To date, we have worked with over 120 innovative solutions and models of care that have generated national recognition for the Trust as an emerging leader in innovation and an early-adopter and designer of transformative, next-generation services and care tools.

Catalysed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have introduced a range of innovations into our day-to-day functioning that are fundamentally changing the way we care for, and interact with, our patients. Click here to find out more about some of our CW Innovation projects.

CW Innovation has worked with over 120 innovative solutions and models of care that; harness digital healthcare, AI and machine learning to dramatically improve patient care; deliver patient-centred care in a location of their choosing and in a way that fits with their everyday lives; and create environments that promote wellbeing and foster healing by incorporating new technologies, architecture and design to transform the patient experience.

Lesley Watts, Chief Executive at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, explains; “Today is not only about celebrating the achievements of the last two years of CW Innovation but, more importantly, it’s about looking forward to a future of ongoing transformation not just at our Trust but across the NHS.

“The success of CW Innovation is the result of a deliberate process. In addition to putting digital innovation front and centre at the Trust, our internal infrastructure, entrepreneurial culture and growing partnerships with external organisations have all provided solid foundations for us to be able to respond to the evolving needs of our patients and staff as we combat COVID-19. It’s from this firm base and proven-track record that we look forward to leading from the front in this new era of progress, challenge and change across the NHS.”

Chris Chaney, Chief Executive of CW+ says; “CW Innovation is a flagship programme supporting the Trust’s reputation as a leading national centre for research, innovation and discovery in the NHS. We are investing a further £500,000 supporting staff, infrastructure and projects this coming year with the aim of securing more than double this per annum from philanthropic partners to achieve our ambitions to deliver transformative, patient-centred, more responsive and cost-effective care across the NHS and beyond.”