NHS Training for Innovation

Improving patient care and safety by ensuring best practice in healthcare technology training.

Our projects draw on NHS expertise to create low-cost, high-impact training tools to improve patient safety, clinical team work and the effective use of medical devices. These range from complete e-learning packages and DVDs, to concise booklets and single-page guides for patients and staff. We share knowledge and promote best practice through our extensive stakeholder network of healthcare professionals, academic bodies and medical device companies.


NHS Training for Innovation was founded as a project in April, 2006, following the report of the Healthcare Industries Task Force to address training issues with respect to new technology across the NHS and play a major part in triggering new and sustainable approaches to training.

TFI’s principal funding will be exhausted at the end of financial year 2012/2013 and TFI-led programmes will be suspended at that time with the majority of outputs being made available to partners for access by users.

The Members’ Area of this TFI website has been closed but the site will remain accessible for another year in order to serve as a record and to report TFI’s achievements in its 7 years of operation.

A major part of TFI’s activities over the last 12 months has been in ensuring that delivered outputs have a sustainable life beyond the cessation of TFI itself.  You can learn more of these initiatives under PROJECTS.

The need for high quality training for new technology in healthcare survives beyond TFI as does the need for a supportive community for clinicians and other specialists with a professional interest in medical technology, devices and training.  TFI is proud to have initiated and sponsored the foundation of the National Association of Medical Device Educators & Trainers (NAMDET). More than 900 members have supported TFI over the years and helped make it the success it has been.

We would like to encourage all our members as well as those coming new to this area to give similar support to NAMDET whose website is at: www.namdet.org.uk

Lord Darzi
“For new medical technologies, we will simplify the pathway by which they pass from development  into wider use, and develop ways to benchmark and monitor uptake and training needs to enable staff to respond more effectively and flexibly to this dynamic environment…”

Professor the Lord Darzi, Training for Innovation founding chairman.