Introducing Health Innovation South East Scotland (HISES)

Health Innovation South East Scotland (HISES) is an Innovation Test Bed set up by the Scottish Government Chief Scientists’ Office which forms part of national network created to deliver the Government’s vision to utilise the innovation process to deliver a healthier and wealthier nation for the future.

A Powerful Partnership

Formed through a collaboration of three NHS Boards— Borders, Fife and Lothian, with the latter taking on the role of lead host Board, HISES has a pivotal role in delivering innovative solutions to the health and social challenges, both regionally and nationally.

A Collaborative Approach

At the core of our approach to developing innovative solutions is doing this in collaboration with our staff, academia, industry partners and the third sector in working together to identify the problems faced by patients, staff and citizens in receiving / delivery high quality, effective and efficient health and care services—whilst also maximizing opportunities for individuals to better self-manage existing conditions as well as preventing their occurrence.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support and enable the future delivery of health and care services that when compared to the current provision of these are more effective, more efficient, of a higher quality (including more equitable access) and affordable within available resources.

From having developed, tested and then evaluated these new innovative solutions within the South East Region health and care services in collaboration with our stakeholders, including our staff, – we are confident that these will then have the potential for spread not just nationally but also globally.

Key strategic priorities

Working to four key strategic priorities for innovation:

  • Reducing the demand for health and care services
  • Maximising the use of existing resources
  • Delivering access targets
  • Increasing income generated from the ideas of our staff

Our innovation activity

The immediate focus of our innovation activity is being directed towards:

  • The better management of long term conditions, frailty and multi-morbidity
  • Enabling people to benefit from healthier living in their homes and communities


Measures for Success

Our key measures for success:

  • Providing “real world access” to services to develop and test innovative solutions with external partners
  • To run innovation challenges for problem solvers to respond to
  • To support funding applications to external organisations such as Innovate UK and CanDo
  • To support the evaluation of innovative ideas and products
  • Support the three local NHS Boards and six Health and Social Care Partnerships in adopting proven innovative solutions