The AI Lab Skunkworks

Demonstrating the potential for AI in health and social care

The NHS AI Lab Skunkworks programme aims to find new ways to use AI for driving forward the early adoption of technology to support health, in both clinical and business contexts. The team provides free short-term expertise and resources to public sector health and social care organisations to support AI projects and develop capability.

Work with us

We help UK public sector healthcare organisations apply AI to their problems through rapid, experimental “proof-of-concept” artificial intelligence (AI) projects. We offer resources, ideas and capability to support the investigation and development of early AI concepts. Find out about working with us.

What we do

The Skunkworks team of data scientists, engineers and project leaders finds new and innovative ways to use artificial intelligence (AI) to solve existing issues being experienced in the NHS.

The most promising emerging ideas are being turned into short-term projects that take an original approach to applying AI, often rethinking how an issue may be approached. The Skunkworks programme will focus on piloting these early ideas into proofs of concept that have the potential to be further developed, pulling in additional expertise as the projects grow. 

It is hoped that by using a rapid innovation system like the skunkworks to quickly identify issues and pilot AI solutions, we will both improve the use of AI and also the understanding of its value in health and care settings.

See our current projects

Read about our latest data-driven projects. We are collaborating with other parts of the NHS and the wider health and care sector to investigate whether AI can support them by reducing workloads and improving efficiency so that people can get access to the healthcare they need quickly and safely.

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