Please read these terms and conditions carefully. It governs our
relationship with you in relation to this website and any submissions of
ideas, innovations or any other information that you make to us via this
We may change these terms and conditions at any time by updating this
page. You should check this page from time to time to review these terms
and conditions to ensure you are happy with any changes. Using or
accessing this website indicates your acceptance of these terms and
conditions. If you do not accept these terms and conditions, please do not
continue to use this website.
Information about us
The NHS National Innovation Centre (NIC) is part of the NHS Institute
for Innovation and Improvement. The registered address is NHS National Innovation Centre, i-House,
University of Warwick Science Park, Milburn Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7HS.
The website to which these terms and conditions apply and for which we
are responsible is www.nic.nhs.uk
Your use of this website and our intellectual property rights
We have made this website available to you for your own personal use.
We may modify, withdraw or deny access to this website at any time.
This website and all the materials contained in it are protected by
intellectual property rights, including copyright, and either belong to us
or are licensed to us to use. Materials include, but are not limited to,
the design, layout, look, appearance, graphics and documents on the
website, as well as other content such as articles and How-to Guides, and
tools such as Innovation Assessment.
If you wish to copy, redistribute, republish or otherwise make the
materials on this website available to anyone else for a commercial
purpose, you will need our consent in writing.
Your innovation assessment and your intellectual property rights
You may share your ideas or innovations or any other information with
us so that we may, at our sole discretion, consider such ideas and
innovation and assess them for you. Subject to the confidentiality
provisions set out below, we may disclose your ideas and innovations to
third parties who may carry out the assessment/evaluation on our behalf or
may assist us with such assessment/evaluation. All intellectual property
rights in such ideas and innovations submitted to us shall remain
unchanged through the use of the Innovation Assessment tool.
If you ask the NIC to assess your ideas/innovation, we aim to respond
you in thirty (30) working days, in which time period you grant us a
period of exclusivity by agreeing that no third party shall carry out an
assessment/evaluation of the same ideas/innovation for you.
Our liability to you
These terms and conditions do not exclude our liability (if any) to you
- Personal injury or death resulting from our negligence;
- Any matter which it would be illegal for us to exclude or to attempt to
exclude our liability.
Except as provided above, we will be under no liability to you
whatsoever (whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of
statutory duty, restitution or otherwise) for any injury, death, damage or
direct, indirect or consequential loss (all three of which terms include,
without limitation, pure economic loss, loss of profits, loss of business,
depletion of goodwill and like loss) howsoever caused arising out of or in
connection with any such breach of these terms and conditions or the
provision of the assessment, or any statement made or not made, or advice
given by us or assessment/evaluation undertaken by us.
Except as set out above, we exclude to the fullest extent permissible
in law, all conditions, warranties and stipulations, express (other than
those set out in these terms and conditions) or implied, statutory,
customary or otherwise which, but for such exclusion, would or might
subsist in favour of you.
We do not guarantee that this website will be compatible with all or
any hardware and software which you may use. We do not guarantee that this
website will be available all the time or at any specific time. We reserve
the right to withdraw or modify this website at any time.
The assessment feedback provided to you reflects the opinion of the NIC
only. You are free to take further advice or seek further guidance before
taking any action based on the assessment feedback.
We agree not to make or publish any statement relating to, nor to
disclose (in whole or in part) to any person, firm, company or
organisation any information that you have submitted to us and identified
as being of a confidential nature (“Confidential Information”) which we
have obtained or received from you, or as set out below.
We may disclose Confidential Information to:
- Other NHS bodies;
- Other organisations involved in the assessment of your submissions;
- Their respective employees, agents and sub-contractors;
all of whom have a need to know the same for such purpose. Before so
disclosing the Confidential Information we shall ensure that they have
signed up to a confidentiality agreement in order to protect the
Confidential Information by making such bodies/organisations bound by a
duty of confidence.
We may use the Confidential Information in connection with assessing
your idea but not otherwise or for the benefit of any third party.
The confidentiality provisions will not apply to the whole or any part
of the Confidential Information which is:
- Lawfully obtained after the disclosure of the Confidential Information
free of any duty of confidentiality otherwise than directly or indirectly
- Already in our possession before being received by us from you;
- Which we can demonstrate is in the public domain other than as a result
of a breach of these confidentiality provisions;
- Necessarily disclosed pursuant to a statutory or regulatory obligation;
- Disclosed with your prior written consent.
What information do we collect?
In general, you can use this website without giving us any information.
However, in order to register and use the Innovation Assessment tool, we
require certain information from you. By registering you explicitly agree
for the NIC to use the information you provide to assist and improve its
business processes, including:
- Internal record keeping;
- To improve our services;
- To follow up in relation to providing an assessment.
How to get copies of or amend the information we have collected
You may request details of personal information which we hold about you
under the Data Protection Act 1998. A fee will be payable. If you would
like a copy of the information held on you please write to the Registered
Office address given above, for the attention of the ‘Head of the
If you think any information we have about you is incorrect or
incomplete, please write or e-mail us as soon as possible. We will correct
or update any information as soon as possible.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order
to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable
physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the
information we collect on line.
Nothing on this website is intended to be nor should be construed as an
offer to enter into a contractual relationship with you or anyone else,
except for these terms and conditions which govern the relationship
between us in relation to your use of the website.
If you make a contract with a third party who is named or referred to
on this website, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are
comfortable with the terms of that contract and to take legal advice if
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
The formation, existence, construction, performance, validity and all
aspects whatsoever of these terms and conditions or of any term of these
terms and conditions will be governed by the law of England.
The English and Welsh courts will have exclusive jurisdiction to settle
any disputes which may arise out of or in connection with these terms and
conditions or use of the website.