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.
While an important aspect of our work is to support the NHS to identify the right solutions to invest in, and companies to partner with, our role is not limited to matchmaking.
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 innovations.
Our strength lies in our ability to operate locally because of the trust our member organisations have in us. We understand the needs of our health systems and are well placed to broker innovative solutions, while collaborating with AHSNs across England to understand what is working in other parts of the country and help to spread it in the West of England.
Accelerated Access Collaborative
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.
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.