We bring clinicians, citizens, academics and technology companies together to collaborate and help solve health and social care challenges. Our aim is to improve health and well-being for citizens, address system challenges and support the productivity of SMEs and economic growth.
The Surrey Heartlands Health Tech Accelerator is an innovation and accelerator partnership, drawing on the research, clinical, commercial and business accelerator expertise of the founding partners.
Our initial infrastructure was supported by a significant capital investment from Enterprise M3*, the Local Enterprise Partnership, and generous resource contributions from founding partners.
We aim to:
Accelerate the development of the most promising healthcare innovations from start-ups and SMEs
Improve the spread of well-evidenced, beneficial and good value healthcare solutions
Develop a unique capability in the engineering and testing of digital health tech
Create an evidence base to enable the accelerated adoption of tech in health service provision.
The strength of the HTA lies in its partners, each experts in their own field and with the knowledge, commitment and contacts needed to drive innovation.
The HTA’s influence extends beyond the core members to include national and international network partners, bringing fresh new perspectives and opportunities to our work.
The HTA is led by a Partnership Board which is chaired by Professor Helen Rostill, and supported by seven executive members.
David has 35 years’ experience in fundamental and translational biomedical research. His published works have been cited more than 5000 times and he has raised over £8m in research funding. In 2015 he co-founded Ducentis Biotherapeutics, an innovative biotechnology company based, on his previous research.
Simon has 20 years’ experience teaching and research in medical statistics and clinical trials. He leads Surrey CTU and has a portfolio of grants supporting the evaluation and implementation of digital health solutions.
Jenny is responsible for the University of Surrey’s Enterprise Programmes, with a strong focus on growing the portfolio of SME programmes to encourage knowledge exchange and create impact.
Guy has worked in health and care for more than 20 years, in both private and public sector organisations and at national, regional and local level. He is a collaborative leader, relishing the role of catalysing effective delivery across organisations. Guy is also an Ambassador for Healthcare DENMARK.
Peter is responsible for delivery oversight of the portfolio of programmes for KSS AHSN, including the quality improvement and patient safety collaborative portfolios, as well as the programme activity to spread and adopt innovation into practice.
Rachel has worked in Surrey since 2003, in a range of local government roles before being appointed to the Joint Executive Director for Public Service Reform role in May 2021. In this role, Rachel is accountable to both Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System and Surrey County Council for driving the continuous improvement of a public service model that supports the delivery of our integrated health and social care strategies. Key areas within her portfolio include public health, population health management, reducing health inequalities, strategic business intelligence and analytics, estates and driving innovation through the Surrey Heartlands Academy.
I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years holding leadership positions at national, regional and local level and within the voluntary sector. I am employed by KSS AHSN a core partner for the HTA to lead the operational team at the HTA to mobilise its support offer to industry, academia and healthcare. I enjoy working collaboratively to improve patient outcomes using innovations, transformation and new technology. My role also supports ICs in Surrey with their clinical and system priorities.
As well as managing the day to day running of the HTA my role involves engaging with stakeholders, ensuring the HTA remains safe and operational and making sure that those who use the centre are provided with the support and service required to get their work done. I have a background in running Innovation Centres and a wealth of experience in customer service which makes me best placed to aid the users of the HTA get the best out of the accelerator.
My Role is to strengthen the University of Surrey’s collaboration with existing HTA partners, maximise the use of the HTA and build relationships with new SMEs and industry partners that engage with the HTA.
Thanks to my knowledge, multi-directional education, experience, and transparency, I can easily communicate in a complex and diverse environment. I have a background in Engineering, material science, innovation, chemistry, human movement, medicine, consulting, leadership and over 15 years of Disability and Neurodiversity experience, with extensive experience in mental health issues and awareness.