Our 2020-21 business plan sets out an ambitious programme for improvement and innovation, to deliver significant and lasting benefits to local people, our member organisations, and contribute to innovation in healthcare locally and nationally.
The plan outlines ways that we will work ever more closely with our members; the NHS providers, commissioners and universities in the West of England. Together we will generate a vibrant new local programme in response to the priorities of our three local health and care systems, and in the context of the NHS Long Term Plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic requires an unprecedented response across health and care systems. Improvements and innovations, implemented rapidly and at scale, have transformed many aspects of the organisation and delivery of health and care services. Amidst all of this, our twin priorities to support the spread of proven innovations and to identify and evaluate promising new innovations remain at the heart of our mission and are more relevant than ever.
It’s never been more important for the NHS to harness the enormous potential for research and innovation to help transform health services and improve patient experience and health outcomes.
In our 2019-20 annual review, we explore the different ways the West of England AHSN supports our regional health and care partners along their innovation journey and the impact we are having – together. We take a look back at of some of the achievements of the past year and how they form part of the innovation journey. We can’t do any of this alone, so we focus on building strong relationships and working with our regional health and care providers to match solutions to the needs they identify.
Regional and national stakeholder reports
NHS England/Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences commissioned research to explore and evaluate the views of AHSN stakeholders. Savanta ComRes conducted this independent evaluation. With input from AHSNs and commissioners, they developed and ran an online survey and telephone interviews. Those taking part were stakeholders in health and social care, private and voluntary sectors, national and local governance bodies, research and academia, patient groups and the general public. Topics covered included familiarity with and perceptions of AHSNs, evaluations of AHSNs’ communications, services, support, work programmes and cross-regional working, and perceived opportunities and challenges for AHSNs in the future.
It’s been another great year for the West of England AHSN. In our 2018-19 annual review, Innovating Together, we take a look back at of some of the achievements of the past year, delivered in close partnership with colleagues from across the NHS, industry, universities and research bodies in our region, as well as patients and the public. Innovating Together tells the story of some of these collaborations and outlines some of the new developments we’ve been working on.
The AHSN Network, NHS England and the NIHR commissioned ComRes to conduct a survey that would provide a detailed understanding of the innovation and research needs at local level across all AHSNs. The findings of this project were used to produce an initial statement of innovation and research needs in each AHSN area.
These statements, alongside the regional and national report findings, will be used to facilitate further discussions at regional level, involving patients and the public and the research community, to develop and refine the priorities highlighted. Each AHSN region will publish a statement of local innovation and research needs, and this is the initial statement for the West of England AHSN region (April 2019). Read more here.
Want a quick of overview of the areas of work we are undertaking, or planning to undertake in the next year? Then have a look at our plan on a page.
During our first five years, thanks to the engagement and work of our partners, we have had significant success in developing exemplar, award winning, patient safety projects, we have connected innovators to the healthcare system, fostered quality improvement and crucially encouraged successful adoption and spread. As we moved into the next licence period we wanted to build on our successes, click on the image above to download a copy or click here to read it in Isuu