• Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) accelerates innovative technologies in the NHS and the wider health and social care system, tackling unmet health and care needs. As a Network, we support the programme through our membership of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), which brings together industry, government, regulators, patients and the NHS to help speed up the [...]

  • Calling all healthcare innovators to join NHS Innovation Service LIVE clinic at HETT North

    Are you a healthcare innovator who wants to get your innovation into the NHS? Register to join our partners, the NHS Innovation Service for their LIVE clinic at HETT North (28 February 2024, Manchester Central) to receive bespoke face-to-face support from leading experts on how to bring your healthcare innovation into the NHS. We’re delighted [...]

  • Catch-up: Net zero carbon offsetting and nature-based solutions sharing & learning webinar

    Catch-up with our online Net zero carbon offsetting and nature-based solutions sharing & learning webinar and hear from industry experts and innovators working in this space. In this session, you’ll find out why investment in nature is beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing and the links between factors such as pollution and poor air quality [...]

  • Supporting sustainable innovation in healthcare

    Pete Waddingham, Net Zero Lead at the Health Innovation Network In October 2020, the NHS published the ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service report, outlining its ambition and plans to reduce the environmental impact of the delivery of health and care services and reach net zero carbon emissions. The Health Innovation Network pivoted and responded to [...]

  • Registration open for Bridging the Gap NHS Net Zero

    If you’re passionate about sustainability and innovation in healthcare join our Bridging the Gap NHS Net Zero event on Tuesday 28 November at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Join us for a unique opportunity to engage with NHS stakeholders in the field of net zero initiatives. This event offers you a platform to gain invaluable insights [...]

  • Net zero carbon offsetting and nature-based solutions event

    Join our online net zero carbon offsetting and nature-based solutions sharing and learning event on Thursday 16 November, from 2:30-4:30pm, and hear from industry experts and innovators working in this space. Find out why investment in nature is beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing, homes and business, boosting local economies and how it can play [...]

  • Catch-up: Watch our Net Zero Green Hospital event

    Recordings of our recent Net Zero Green Hospital Sharing & Learning event, held on Thursday 14 September, are now available. Watch the 10 sessions and two roundtable discussions featuring more than 50 innovators and system partners explore some of the excellent work that is starting to take place to help NHS England achieve its net [...]

  • Funding awarded to help tackle fatal drug deaths

    Four AHSNs have been awarded funding by the government to help tackle fatal drug deaths across the UK. As part of the Reducing Drug Deaths Innovation Challenge, which aims to reduce drug-related deaths across the UK, the Office for Life Sciences is investing £5 million in 12 promising projects. The four projects that the AHSNs [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Anna-Lisa Mills, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust

    This month’s Meet the Innovator interview is with Anna-Lisa Mills, Sustainability Manager at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust which, in 2020, introduced a smart carbon platform and five-step process to reduce its carbon footprint and that of its suppliers. The innovation won the Net Zero Innovation of the Year category at last year’s [...]

  • Carbon accounting and measuring impact webinar

    Catch-up with the AHSN Network’s Carbon accounting and measuring impact webinar, which was held on 28 April 2023 as part of our supporting NHS Net Zero and sustainability events series. Attended by over 200 delegates, the webinar explored how to effectively quantify carbon emissions, deploy projects and measure impact. The NHS is responsible for 4% [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: ELAROS

    In this month’s Meet the Innovator interview we speak with Román Rocha Lawrence, Director of Research and Development at ELAROS, and part-time Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, which collaboratively launched a digital platform to support specialist long COVID services through a patient-facing app and clinical web portal. The innovation won the Outstanding Collaboration [...]

  • New app launches to support patients with severe asthma on biologic therapies

    A NEW app supported by the AHSN Network is helping clinicians to giver better care to patients with severe asthma on biologic therapy. The myAsthma Biologic digital therapeutic supports patients prescribed asthma biologics to manage their asthma at home and allows their clinical teams to monitor them remotely. Uncontrolled and severe asthma affects up to [...]

  • Thousands benefit from improved access to innovative diagnostics and life-changing treatments in asthma care

    Thousands of people across England are benefitting from improved access to diagnostics and treatments for asthma. To mark World Asthma Day (2 May), the AHSN Network is celebrating the achievements of two national programmes which have worked in partnership to transform asthma pathways. Asthma is a common health condition, affecting more than 5.4 million people [...]

  • 10-year anniversary of AHSNs

    As the NHS celebrates its 75th birthday this year, the 15 Academic Health Science Networks that form the AHSN Network have also reached an important milestone. April marks 10 years since AHSNs were first created by NHS England following publication of the Innovation Health and Wealth report to transform the way the NHS identifies, adopts [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Dr Chen Mao Davies

    Meet Dr Chen Mao Davies, Founder and CEO of Anya by LatchAid Ltd. – an award-winning pregnancy, parenting and breastfeeding support app that utilises cutting-edge 3D interactive technology and AI intelligence to provide new mothers with support. Last year, Chen was announced as one of the Fellows of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme 2023, [...]

  • The Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt was commissioned to lead an independent review of integrated care systems (ICSs) in November 2022. The Hewitt review, which launched earlier this month (April 2023), found that Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) should be seen as ‘integral’ in embedding innovation throughout the health and care system. The report calls for [...]

  • Seventeen new Fellows join the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme in 2023

    The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has announced 17 new Fellows will join the programme in 2023. This is the largest cohort for the programme since its launch in 2015 and results in the programme now supporting close to 100 Fellows.   The NIA is an award-winning NHS England initiative, working to support NHS Long Term [...]

  • Innovate Awards open for entries

    The Innovate Awards 2023, which celebrate innovation in health and care are back for its second year and open for entries today (Tuesday 28 February 2023), delivered collaboratively between the AHSN Network and NHS Confederation. Following the high standard and volume of entries received in 2022, a new category has been added to celebrate the [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: ChatHealth

    Clinical Lead of ChatHealth, Laura Burrowes, joined the Digital Health Transformation Service at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s (LPT)  in April 2022, following a career as a school nurse, where she was the lead practitioner for the confidential text messaging service for the school nursing service in Manchester. Nationally, the award-winning text messaging service has [...]

  • Pathway published: lipid optimisation pathway following an acute cardiovascular event

    The AHSN Network, working in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) and NICE has published a clinically approved pathway to support secondary care clinicians to optimise lipid management following an acute cardiovascular event. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of premature death and disability due to the consequences of stroke, heart attack (myocardial [...]

  • Patients to benefit from 18 pioneering innovations that also accelerate a greener NHS

    SBRI Healthcare, an Accelerated Access Collaborative initiative in partnership with the AHSN Network, has awarded £6 million to eighteen innovations that will help improve patient care and save money while also making the NHS greener. Climate change is a threat to global health, with more than 13 million deaths around the world each year due to [...]

  • Collaboration with Intermedical announced to improve asthma diagnosis

    A new opportunity will increase access to fast and accurate asthma testing in primary care and reduce health inequality. More than 5.4 million people in the UK are living with asthma. However, access to innovative diagnostic tools to support the diagnosis and monitoring of asthma is not equal across England, with some patients who have [...]

  • How increasing access to innovative diagnostics and treatments is transforming care for asthma patients

    Dr Andy Whittamore, GP, Clinical Lead Asthma + Lung UK and British Lung Foundation and joint FeNO national clinical lead & Dr Hitasha Rupani, Consultant Respiratory Physician, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Asthma Biologics Clinical Champion. Asthma is one of the most common long-term health conditions in the UK with 5.4million people living [...]

  • Remote technology in health and care – what’s the way forward?

    Charlotte Walton, AHSN Network Strategy Director The NHS is aiming for all Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and their constituent organisations to have all the attributes of digital maturity, including electronic records and other critical systems, by March 2025. The NHS plan for digital health and social care, published in June 2022, sets out a range [...]

  • Why innovation is the bridge that connects traditional healthcare practices to transformative sustainable systems

    Amelia James is the Environmental Sustainability Lead for Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN and Oxford AHSN. Hugely passionate about her role and about what we can all do to combat climate change, Amelia shares her thoughts on how sustainable innovation can contribute to the delivery of a Net Zero NHS. Let’s talk climate change The [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: myHappymind

    Meet Laura Earnshaw, founder of myHappymind, an award-winning, NHS-backed curriculum for primary schools and nurseries that teaches children lifelong habits to have good self-esteem, resilience and ultimately good mental health. Laura tells us about her first light bulb moment, which was when her child started school, her dreams of getting into every primary school across the [...]

  • SBRI Healthcare in partnership with the AHSN Network awards £5 million to innovations that support stroke patients

    SBRI Healthcare, an Accelerated Access Collaborative initiative in partnership with the AHSN Network, has awarded over £5 million to seven innovations that support stroke patients, in collaboration with the Stroke Association. Stroke is the fourth biggest cause of death in England with more than 100,000 strokes a year in the UK. Yet despite significant progress globally in [...]