We live in an exciting era of healthcare innovation, with a stream of new technologies and services coming onto the market. As part of the AHSN Network, we are helping to spread proven innovations into the healthcare system.

We actively nurture an innovation ecosystem around health and care, removing obstacles and bringing diverse groups together to conceive and maximise new ways of working. We help our member organisations to develop cultures, leadership and pathways, to better articulate their needs and priorities, and be ready to accept and work with new treatments and diagnostics.

The AHSN Network is a key member of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), the umbrella organisation for UK health innovation.

Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme

We are supporting integrated care systems across the region to adopt evidenced based innovations to narrow local healthcare inequalities through the Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme (InHIP). Our InHIP  projects focus on cardiovascular disease.

Rapid Uptake Products

The Rapid Uptake Products (RUP) programme has been designed to support stronger adoption and spread of proven innovations. It identifies and supports products with NICE approval that support the NHS Long Term Plan’s key clinical priorities, but have lower than expected uptake to date. Find out more about RUP.

Three innovations are being supported through the 2022/23 RUP Programme (click the links below to find out more):

MedTech Funding Mandate

The NHS Long Term Plan is committed to accelerating the uptake of selected innovative medical devices, diagnostics and digital products through the MedTech Funding Mandate (MTFM) policy. The MTFM policy is delivered in partnership with AHSNs. Find out more about MTFM and which products have been selected for adoption and spread.

NHS Innovation Accelerator

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) supports faster uptake and spread of high impact, evidence-based innovations across England’s NHS, benefitting patients, populations and NHS staff. An NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with the AHSNs, this national accelerator has a unique dual focus on personal development for individuals (‘Fellows’) and bespoke support to spread an innovation. Find out how the West of England AHSN supports the NIA.