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NHS: Innovation

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) terms of reference have and (b) timetable has been set for the review of innovation in the NHS led by Professor Kennedy. (277836)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has commissioned Professor Sir Ian Kennedy to conduct an independent study on valuing innovation, looking specifically at:

what approach should be adopted by NICE to ensure that innovation is properly taken into account when establishing the value of new health technologies?

should particular forms of value be considered more important than others?

how should innovation in health technologies be defined?

what is the relationship between innovation and value?

We understand that Professor Kennedy’s report will be considered by NICE’s Board when it meets on 22 July 2009. Further information on this study is available on NICE’s website at:

www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/latestnewsfromnice/valuinginnovation.jsp