AHSNs to be ‘centrepiece for innovation’

NHS England has announced it will relicense England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) as the NHS ‘centrepiece for innovation’.

InnovationThe decision has been made following a report from Ian Dodge, National Director of Strategy and Innovation at NHS England, which outlines how AHSNs can be the launch pad for an even more influential future role in demonstrating innovation in the NHS.

The AHSNs were set up in 2013 to connect people and organisations across the health and care sector and identify innovative ways to do things differently, better and cheaper.

The relicensing news arrives after the government announced a major £86 million programme to drive innovation in the NHS, with £39 million to go directly to AHSNs. The funding will be used to assess the benefits of new technologies and support NHS uptake of those that deliver real benefits to patients according to local need.

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) is our Academic Health Science Network partner for south London. We work with the HIN to make sure that the lessons from research are used more swiftly, effectively and systematically to improve healthcare services for local people with physical and mental health care problems.

Dr Liz Mear, AHSN Network Chair, said:

This fantastic news recognises both the huge impact achieved by the 15 AHSNs during their first licences, and the potential to do even more in future. Our health systems are facing unprecedented pressure and this support for AHSN relicensing signals the vision and ambition of the NHS to remain the best in the world.
In our new licence period we will continue to act as the connective tissue across organisations and sectors; harnessing the enthusiasm and passion of frontline health staff and unlocking the potential for health, commercial and third sector innovators to improve services and save money.

The detailed relicensing process will continue throughout the summer and the new five year licence period will start in April 2018.

Read more on the HIN website.

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