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, the front door to support for innovators and sets the strategy for a more effective innovation ecosystem. It makes it easier for innovators to navigate the UK healthcare system, streamline the development process for promising healthcare innovation, identify gaps in the UK’s innovation support offer and get breakthrough innovations into the NHS and to patients faster than previously.

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 2020/21 RUP Programme (click the links below to review resources and project information):

MedTech Funding Mandate

The NHS Long Term Plan committed to accelerate the uptake of selected innovative medical devices, diagnostics and digital products to patients faster, by developing the MedTech Funding Mandate (MTFM) policy, which is delivered in partnership with AHSNs. Find out more about MTFM.

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.