Supporting innovation

Innovation is at the heart of transforming healthcare in the West of England; it is central to what we do.

Over the last five years, England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have become known as the ‘innovation arm’ of the NHS. The AHSNs operate a national network of Innovation Exchanges to identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to develop, test and spread solutions.

Here in the West of England, our AHSN has earned a reputation for its ambitious, joined-up vision for healthcare innovation. We bring a whole system approach to matching innovation to locally identified challenges by connecting and brokering relationships between innovators, patients, carers, industry, academia and health and care professionals, we are creating an ‘innovation ecosystem’.

We have a variety of support and tools that you can use to help get your ideas off the ground or help your business grow.

  • The Innovation Exchange is our web portal to give easy access to the support we deliver.
  • Our Industry and Innovation team can offer advice, signpost you to local assets/resources and facilitate partnerships.
  • We have funding and support opportunities available for businesses wanting to innovate in health. These include funded accelerator programmes, open innovation calls and upcoming health challenges.
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To receive business development support please fill out our engagement form with details of your business, product or idea.

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Toolkits and resources

We have co-created a number of toolkits and resources with our partners, member organisations and fellow AHSNs.

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