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Welcome to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Adopting Innovation Hub

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is home to one of four Adopting Innovation Hubs funded by the independent charity  The Health Foundation.
Launched in February 2022, our Hub will work alongside citizens and staff to support our NHS organisations to adopt proven health innovations.
The Hub is hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and partners with the NHS, academia, local authorities, patient and public groups. 

Hosted by CPFT and funded by The Health Foundation


An innovation is a new idea, practice or object whose application leads to added value, such as better health outcomes or savings. Spreading these new approaches within the NHS is challenging, but working with citizens and staff really helps.  

The Hub will focus on spreading innovations which are proven, tested, and ready to be put into practice. Our experienced innovators will help staff and citizens to develop skills to apply these innovations successfully. We will focus on innovations which aim to tackle health inequalities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and improve health for all.

Health inequalities

Health inequalities are unfair and avoidable differences in health across the population, and between different groups within society. Health inequalities arise because of conditions in which we are born, grow up, live, work and age. Addressing health inequalities is a top priority for the NHS, and our Hub will draw on partners’ experience to co-ordinate, monitor, track and successfully spread innovations that could reduce these inequalities and improve health outcomes.

Innovation culture and co-production

Co-production with citizens, health professionals and experienced innovators lies at the heart of the Hub’s activities and will inform the innovations we identify and support through this programme. Through our Citizen Participation Group and digital community platforms, people from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will actively contribute to all aspects of the Hub, from strategic direction setting, to the selection and application of individual innovations.

The Hub will work with system partners across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to grow a culture of innovation and adoption readiness driven by clinical needs in our health system, and create an environment where innovation flourishes!

Opportunities to get involved with the Hub are listed below:

Our engagement platform - Citizens Lab

Share your views and opinions on innovation in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. We've launched an online engagement platform that will bring citizens and clinicians together in an environment where ideas and thoughts on innovation priorities and the work of the hub can be shared. 

Register with our citizen lab to:

  • Discuss innovation opportunities and ideas with our online network
  • Complete surveys to have your say on innovation in your area

  • Book onto our innovation educational events

  • Keep up to date and informed with our innovation projects

Click here to register

Adopters' Network

Join the Adopters’ Network

This is a great opportunity to create a new way of implementing innovation in our vibrant life sciences and health and care ecosystem. We need early adopters with experience of delivering innovations ahead of the curve and acting as a pioneer for new ground-breaking solutions.

The Adopters’ Network will inform the strategic direction of the innovation hub. It will draw on the experience of those who are already innovating across the system to help identify and learn from opportunities and barriers that they have encountered.

Network members will help to design the innovation hub from the ground up and will provide invaluable peer support and guidance to implementation projects on the frontline.

The network will also provide a forum to connect and learn alongside like-minded peers and access the hub's educational resources.

If you are interested in helping to design the innovation hub for our health system and providing mentorship and support to ensure innovation projects are successful, please provide a brief description of your previous innovation experience and motivation to join the Adopters’ Network by using the following application link:
Adopters Network Application or reach out to us on:

Citizen Participation Group

Citizen Participation Group

The Citizen Participation Group is being established to embed the public voice in the work of the innovation hub. Co-production lies at the heart of the hub’s activities, so our Citizen Participation Group members will help to guide the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of innovations that are implemented through the hub. The Citizen Participation Group will bring together a diverse range of citizen views and experiences from across the county to ensure that the work of the hub fully represents the views and interests of all.

All we ask is that you bring a passion for improving health and care and willingness to draw on your personal experience as a patient, family member or friend. The focus of the hub is to address health inequalities – unfair and avoidable differences in health across the population, and between different groups within society. Health inequalities arise because of conditions in which we are born, grow up, live, work and age. We would therefore love to hear from applicants from a diversity of backgrounds, including age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity and income.

Participation will mean a commitment of approximately 3 hours a month, for which you will be paid at approximately £12 per hour for meetings plus travel, and £20 per hour for additional work outside of meetings.

If you are interested in joining the Citizen Participation Group, or may know someone who would be, we would love to hear from you. Please use the following application link to provide a brief introduction, and tell us the reasons and motivations for your application:
Citizen Participation Group Application or reach out to us on:

Meet the Hub Team

Team roles and biographies
Dr Patrick Williamson

Dr Patrick Williamson - Hub Lead

Patrick joined the Adopting Innovation Hub from a previous role in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health innovation ecosystem, where he worked across CPFT and Cambridge University Health Partners as Business Engagement and Clinical Innovation Manager. Patrick has previous experience of academic and pharmaceutical research as well as healthcare consulting, and holds a master’s degree from the University of St Andrews and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, both in Chemistry.

Ellen A support officer

Ellen Aboukhatwa - Hub Support Officer

Ellen joined the Adopting Innovation Hub from a previous role in CPFT as Head of Patient and Parent Involvement for Tier 4 young persons in patient settings. Ellen has previous experience of academic and health sector research as well as secondary school science teaching, and holds a research master’s degree from the University of Oxford.

As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust