This post has been influenced by the author’s recent experience of the Leadership in Practice Programme delivered by the National Clinical Lead for Nursing from the Informatics Directorate of the Department of Health.

Thanks to Ann Cooper who designed and delivered the programme. Ann can be contacted on Twitter as @anniecoops.

Post by @ClaireOT

Our Country faces challenges both in funding and in providing the service the population deserves in the health and social care industries. It is possible that facing these challenges requires us to look at disruptive innovation as a potential solution, in addition to other forms of innovation including process, service and strategic innovations.

What is disruptive innovation?

According to Christensen, disruptive technology has four components, which he models as follows:

Christensen 2009

Christensen states that disruptions must occur within at least one of the three corners of the large triangle for the system to be affected, supported by adapting our regulatory framework to accommodate the innovation.

We know these issues can be hard to address within our usual NHS structures, even though driving forces such as the QIPP agenda are encouraging innovation.

We are aiming to seed an idea of working together for a Health Commons, using a wider “value network” made of our participants, including our partners in Local Authority and private companies. The technologies available to us, now, in the form of digital and social media are both “sophisticated and simplified”.

We aim, therefore, to provide the conditions to develop disruptive innovations and solutions to the issues facing the health and social care industries at the Digital Conference Day and Hack 2012. We need you to come and help!

We hope to see you there.


Bevan, H (2012) Demistifying the I in QIPP. HSJ Blog 24/02/12. [available at accessed 07/03/12 at 21.40]

Christensen C.M. Grossman J.H and Hwang, J. (2009) The Innovator’s Prescription- A Disruptive Solution for Healthcare. McGraw Hill, New York.