The Innovation Hub supports development and early-stage testing of data and technology solutions to be scaled in practice at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) and beyond.
The team have expertise in technology project and partnership management, healthcare evaluation and outcomes measurement. The Hub also brings together expertise from across the hospital to develop ideas for use of data and technology, and to test them. The team also supports cross-sector collaborative projects.
You can find out about some key areas of work below.
Innovation is an opportunity to deliver healthcare in new and better ways, as well as address existing challenges that staff at GOSH can face.
The Innovation Hub works with staff to discover the problems they face and their ideas for how to solve them. Ideas@GOSH is a simple form that captures staffs’ issues and ideas. The team at the Innovation Hub then lend their expertise to work with relevant teams across the hospital and understand how the ideas could be taken forward.
If you're from an NHS Trust, or a company interested in collaborating with GOSH DRIVE, you can find out more here.
A physical space
DRIVE is located at Level 1, 40 Bernard Street, WC1N 1LE, less than 10 minutes from GOSH and the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, providing readily accessible space, which brings together expertise from medicine, academia, data science and industry. These provide the opportunity to host unique events and maximise productivity and collaboration.
The space has seen meetings and events hosted for our wide range of stakeholders from children and young people to national and international policy makers.
Project example: On demand catering at GOSH
Good nutrition is vital for recovery. Having appealing food options available, when a child is hungry can make a big difference to their experience in hospital. Our catering team suggested that an on-demand food service could better meet patients’ needs by providing more choice, and that this could cut down on food waste too. To evaluate the new approach, DRIVE conducted a survey and interviews with patients, carers, and staff, which engaged almost 200 people.
There were challenges, but overall, the new approach was found to be beneficial. Work will be done to understand how the system could be rolled out across the hospital, and even in other hospitals across England.
This project demonstrates DRIVE’s working principles of supporting to turn new ideas into action, in a collaborative approach with children and young people at the centre.