• Professor Gary Ford Chair of the AHSN Network and Chief Executive of Oxford AHSN The AHSN Network has an extensive history in working to tackle the major cardiovascular risk conditions that if untreated can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other adverse cardiovascular events. Since 2015, all 15 AHSNs have supported work on the detection [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: MyPathway

    Meet Judith Clarkson, Commercial Director of MyPathway (previously ADI Health), which is now part of VitalHub UK. MyPathway is a digital health platform that is used to improve patient interactions during treatment for long term conditions as well as those individuals visiting acute facilities for shorter term elective or outpatient services. Hear what Judith has [...]

  • The perfect partnership: ARCs and AHSNs

    Dr Yu (Maggie) Fu, formerly a joint Senior Research Fellow, working jointly between the Applied Research Collaboration and AHSN for the North East and North Cumbria, and now a Tenure Track Fellow based at the University of Liverpool. I studied medicine at university and became a junior doctor in 2010, but I was frequently struck by [...]

  • AHSNs and NIOX® working together to improve access to faster and more effective asthma diagnosis

    More patients are set to benefit from faster and more accurate testing for asthma thanks to a new collaboration between the AHSN Network and NIOX®. Asthma is a common health condition, affecting more than 5.4 million people in the UK and resulting in 60,000 hospital admissions each year. It has a significant impact on the [...]

  • Evaluation finds PReCePT national programme effective in helping to prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies

    The AHSN Network PReCePT National Programme to increase the use of magnesium sulfate, a £1 injection that helps prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies, is effective according to a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded evaluation. The findings, led by researchers at the University of Bristol, are published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. [...]

  • Successful spread of Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme for pre-term babies

    Regions report successful spread of pre-term optimisation bundle which is improving care for babies Patient safety teams facilitating learning between clinical teams across the country Patient safety improvements seen in key pre-term birth optimisation areas including cord management and antenatal steroids Patient safety collaboratives (PSCs) are supporting the scaling up and spread of the Maternity [...]

  • For innovation to be successful it must be developed in collaboration with those set to use or benefit from it. Involvement and co-production with people, public, carers, and communities is a growing and thriving agenda across the AHSN Network, and is even more important than it has ever been, given the experiences of the COVID-19 [...]

  • The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a significant and continued operational impact upon England’s health and care system. In parallel, we’ve observed innovation and transformation of services at an unprecedented pace and scale, with the adoption of digital technologies being a key feature. This innovation and transformation has, in the main, been brought about by [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: C2-Ai

    Meet Mark Ratnarajah and Steve Barnett of C2-Ai. The company helps hospitals to significantly improve patient safety, reduce mortality and complication risk and clinical outcomes variation by providing globally unique AI-backed insights. Read what they have to say on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shaped their work, their advice for budding innovators and how [...]

  • 2022: A year in review for the AHSN Network

    2022 has been a busy year for the AHSN Network as we continue to work to identify and spread health innovation at pace and scale across the NHS. The past 12 months have seen the health and care system continue to respond to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and across the network, we [...]

  • Post-pandemic priorities: reducing impact on hospitals

    In 2021-22 the NHS managed 19.6 million hospital admissions, appointments, and attendances across England (NHS Digital 2022). During the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, reducing hospital admissions was a key focus area to increase hospital capacity and reduce the spread of the virus, with a target to free up 30,000 beds announced in March 2020 (NHS Trusts [...]

  • Understanding the data webinars: 24 January and 16 March, 12-1:30pm As part of the Polypharmacy: getting the balance right programme hosted by the AHSN Network and NHS Business Services Authority (BSA), two webinars are taking place to consider how best to understand and utilise available medicines data. The programme aims to support local systems and [...]

  • SBRI Healthcare has awarded over £1.8 million for the development of 20 innovations that help narrow inequalities in maternity care and autism and learning difficulties as part of its ‘Competition 20 Health Inequalities’ initiative. SBRI Healthcare is an Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) initiative – a partnership between patient groups, government bodies, industry and the NHS [...]

  • The Digital North accelerator programme is a collaborative enterprise established by the four northern AHSNs: Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, Health Innovation Manchester, Innovation Agency (AHSN for the North West Coast) and AHSN North East and North Cumbria. It aims to support regional digital health technology firms in the adoption and spread of proven innovations within [...]

  • The AHSN Network at the HSJ Awards 20

    We’re proud to announce that two AHSNs have won and received highly commended at last night’s HSJ Awards ceremony (17 November 2022), which celebrates success and excellence in healthcare across the NHS. Three further AHSNs were nominated for the prestigious awards. Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) won the Digitising Patient Care award for its work [...]

  • Delivering a Net Zero NHS

    As leaders from across the globe come together for the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), I wanted to share the progress of the network in supporting this crucial agenda, and the help on offer. Our strategy At a national level, we’re currently refining our Net Zero Strategy which sets our key aims and [...]

  • 6 ways AHSNs are supporting safer maternity care for black and Asian families

    It is an unacceptable fact that black and Asian women and people who give birth are more likely than those who are white to die during birth or the following year. More specifically, black women are four times more likely to die during pregnancy or postnatally than white women. In comparison, Asian women are twice [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: RIX Research & Media

    Meet Andy Minnion, Founder and Director of RIX Research & Media. RIX Research & Media has created the RIX Wiki, a software that enables people with learning disabilities to share personal health and care information for effective person-centred support in their communities. Read what Andy has to say on working directly with people who benefit [...]

  • To mark ADHD Awareness Month new figures are being shared showing almost 75,000 people (aged 6-18 years) have received an objective assessment for ADHD over the last five years since Academic Health Science Networks began to support a new digital innovation, QbTest. The innovation has improved patient experience and patients require fewer appointments before being [...]

  • Supporting change, innovation, and technology: Transforming ADHD diagnosis

    In this blog, East Midlands AHSN (EMAHSN) Managing Director Nicole McGlennon discusses the considerations of embedding change, how can healthcare systems create the conditions for healthcare innovation adoption and identifies five key areas NHS systems can consider. In recognition of October also being ADHD awareness month, Nicole refers to our Focus ADHD project and how [...]

  • In 2021, the Network published its new five-year strategy, as a collective group of AHSNs. It sets out how we will achieve our purpose, to transform lives through innovation through three strategic aims: Strategic Aim 1: Develop outcomes-led programmes that respond to health and care priorities. Strategic Aim 2: Build a high-impact national innovation pipeline. Strategic Aim [...]

  • The AHSN Network has been announced as a Founding Collaborator of The Sustainable Medicines Partnership (SMP), a not-for-profit, global collaboration which undertakes projects to make the use of medicines more sustainable and less wasteful. The partnership includes leading pharma, generic and retail medicines manufacturers, distributors, supply chain, technology providers, healthcare, hospitals, pharmacy, researchers, academia, policymakers [...]

  • 7 October 2022 We had originally intended to publish the AHSN Network’s independent review into the systems and processes that led to the adoption of SIM as a national programme during September, to coincide with the anticipated publication of NHS England’s report on SIM. This has not yet been published. We will publish the Network [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Peppy

    Meet Kathy Abernethy, Director of Menopause Services at Peppy. Peppy is an app that gives people access to remote, specialist advice and support in areas such as mental wellbeing, menopause, parenthood and fertility. Read what Kathy has to say on measuring clinical outcomes, finding the right people to work with and the value of hearing [...]

  • A new AHSN Network programme which aims to improve lower limb wound care for patients has announced its first pilot sites. The AHSN Network’s Transforming Wound Care new national spread and adoption programme aims to ensure all patients with lower limb wounds receive evidence-based care which leads to: faster healing of wounds improved quality of [...]

  • First set of Innovate Award Winners announced

    The inaugural winners have been named in the new awards from the AHSN Network and NHS Confederation, following an award ceremony attended by almost 400 NHS leaders, innovators and partners. Technology thought-leader and Countdown arithmetician Anne-Marie Imafidon, hosted the ceremony, which provided a fantastic celebration of excellence in health and care transformation. With more [...]

  • New innovator guide to Real-World Evaluation released

    A new practical guide for innovators developing Real-World Evaluation (RWE) projects has been published by The AHSN Network. The newly published guide is now available on the AHSN Network website, ‘Real-World Evaluation to facilitate adoption at scale: a practical guide for innovators’. This simple guide will support innovators in gathering real-world evidence to support scale [...]

  • What is the value of Real-World Evaluation?

    What exactly is Real World Evaluation? What does it cover? How will it benefit my business? These are questions my colleagues and I across the AHSN network are asked regularly by health and care innovators looking to encourage the adoption and spread of their innovation. Generating evidence to support the clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness [...]

  • The AHSN Network’s real-world evaluation programme aims to help innovators work with adopting organisations to secure the rapid rollout of new products. The AHSN Network aims to ensure that innovators perform high-quality, relevant real-world evaluations that: demonstrate the value of a new product in real-world settings (outside of a controlled research environment) help organisations to [...]

  • World Patient Safety Day 2022

    It was World Patient Safety Day on Saturday 17 September, and this year the World Health Organisation (WHO) is focusing on medication safety. This is a welcome theme for the AHSN Network and the Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) we host as improving medication safety is a key objective in our Patient Safety Plan, which we [...]

  • Putting sustainability at the heart of NHS innovation

    Kathy Scott is the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at Yorkshire and Humber AHSN. She also acts as Chair for the AHSN Network Environmental Sustainability Community of Interest. Sarah Walpole is the 2021-2022 National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow at NICE. In this blog, Kathy and Sarah discuss how important it is to consider [...]

  • We’re pleased to be exhibiting at the Health Excellence Through Technology (HETT) show on 27 and 28 September 2022, at the ExCeL London. Come and see us at our exhibition stand (number E58) where you can speak to AHSN colleagues and partners; find out more about the AHSNs and how to access support; and meet [...]

  • Primary breast cancer education resources support optimum pathways for patients in the use of treatments

    A series of educational resources have been produced in a collaboration with patients and between the AHSN Network, Health Education England eLearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England, to increase awareness of breast cancer prevention, for both patients and clinicians, by improving [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Holmusk

    Meet Caroline Gadd, UK Managing Director for Holmusk and NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) fellow for MaST, a decision support tool which uses data from electronic health records to improve health and care decisions. Read what Caroline has to say about the support received from AHSNs, building an effective and efficient product delivery team and benefitting [...]

  • The NHS Innovation Service has been developed to accelerate the uptake of promising and impactful innovations into the NHS. Coordinated by the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), the service aims to support the UK’s Life Science’s Vision to bring life-changing innovations to patients more quickly. The online service for healthcare innovators aims to provide the [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Infinity Health

    Meet Elliott Engers, CEO and Co-Founder of Infinity Health. Infinity Health is a digital platform on which health and care staff can log, share and coordinate their daily care tasks in real-time. Read what Elliott has to say about helping to reduce the NHS backlog, the joys of going live and how the AHSNs are [...]

  • The AHSN Network has collaborated with Boehringer Ingelheim and the University of Plymouth to develop the first of its kind, evidence-based guide to support digital health tech innovators to conduct meaningful patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE). The guide, which is built on extensive patient input, as well as insights from system leaders, innovators [...]

  • Getting the balance right on polypharmacy

    The AHSN Network recently launched the new national polypharmacy programme: getting the balance right. Hear Programme Manager, Amy Semple and Clinical Lead, Clare Howard discuss why we need to take action to address problematic polypharmacy and how the AHSN Network is supporting this important area of work. Why is polypharmacy an important topic? Polypharmacy is [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: CPDmatch

    Meet Dr Richard Hixson, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Country Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and Designer of CPDmatch. CPDmatch proactively matches the professional development needs of all healthcare professionals with relevant, accessible and affordable educational opportunities. Read what Richard has to say about support from AHSNs, taking the first step [...]

  • The AHSN Network is helping to tackle system-wide challenges relating to polypharmacy with the launch of a new national medicines programme, commissioned by NHS England. Polypharmacy simply means ‘many medicines’. Medicines benefit billions of people around the world and appropriate polypharmacy can extend life expectancy and improve quality of life. However it can also be [...]

  • Working with Boehringer Ingelheim, and the University of Plymouth, the AHSN Network has launched a new evidence-based guide to support digital health innovators and leaders to conduct meaningful patient and public involvement and engagement. The new user-friendly guide, entitled ‘How to involve and engage patients in digital health tech innovation’ has combined the results of [...]

  • A joint webinar and Q&A hosted by the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) and the AHSN Network has highlighted the support on offer from Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) for innovators, at all stages of development. The webinar, held on 30 June 2022, was hosted by Richard Phillips, Director of Strategy at ABHI, and [...]

  • The AHSN Network hosted a buzzing Innovation Zone at ConfedExpo 2022 on 15-16 June. Thousands of people attended this year’s event, held at the ACC in Liverpool, which gave delegates an opportunity to network, spread learning, encourage innovation and inspire change at all levels across the system. The conference consisted of several [...]

  • How AHSNs support the Government’s life sciences vision

    Richard Phillips, Director of Strategy at the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) reflects on his experiences with the AHSN Network and how AHSNs support innovation in the life sciences sector. ABHI hosted a webinar for innovators with the AHSN Network on Thursday 30 June, 11-12am, click on the link below to watch the recording. [...]

  • More than 286,000 people were supported at home through technology-enabled remote monitoring

    More than 286,000 people were supported at home through technology-enabled remote monitoring in 2021/22, with rapid enablement and scaling of this support spearheaded by the National Innovation Collaborative for digital health. Led by Health Innovation Manchester (HInM) on behalf of the AHSN Network, the collaborative is a learning and support system for professionals involved in [...]

  • Celebrating wider access to health and care innovation

    In this blog, Laura Semple AHSN Network Director for National Programmes reflects on the challenges faced by the health and care system over the last year; the impacts and benefits of the innovation programmes delivered nationally by the AHSNs; and discusses why she is particularly excited about the year ahead. The mission of the AHSN [...]

  • Looking back on 2021-22

    2021-22 has been pivotal for the AHSNs and the AHSN Network. While we are still supporting our health and care systems with the recovery from the pandemic, we have undertaken work to set out our vision and strategy and refine our processes to ensure we can meet our collective ambition to transform as many lives [...]

  • The critical components of health and care innovation

    We’ve recently released our AHSN Network impact report, reflecting on our national work from April 2021 to the end of March this year. This report covers the impacts of our core work programmes, including more than 480,000 patients benefiting from our national programmes and initiatives; and our support for innovators resulting in £455m of investment [...]

  • Personal satisfaction from national impacts

    In this blog, Stuart Monk AHSN Network National Programme Director for Rapid Uptake Products and the MedTech Funding Mandate reflects on why achieving the greatest spread of health and care innovation is personally important to him and discusses some of the progress and impacts he’s seen over the last year. I’ve worked within the AHSN [...]

  • The AHSN Network is making great strides in delivering the objectives set out in the NHS Patient Safety Strategy. It has released a midpoint update to its patient safety plan, which shows the positive impact being made across focus areas including maternity and neonatal care, mental health, and care homes. The Patient safety in partnership. [...]

  • How do AHSNs help companies sustain economic growth?

    No one would deny that the last couple of years have been immeasurably difficult for those working in the health and care sector. Finding capacity to innovate has been an enormous ask of frontline colleagues tackling the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic. That is why I am both astounded and delighted to see the results [...]

  • A note from our Chair  2021-22 has been pivotal for the AHSNs and the AHSN Network. While we are still supporting our health and care systems with the recovery from the pandemic, we have undertaken work to set out our vision and strategy and refine our processes to ensure we can meet our collective ambition [...]

  • Over the last year1, £455 million of investment has been leveraged and more than 1,800 jobs have been either created or protected as a result of the unique service offering of the AHSN Network. Economic growth figures have been released as part of our 21-22 AHSN Network Impact Report, which looks at the collective impact [...]

  • A new report reveals that the AHSN Network has benefited more than 480,000 patients and attracted £455 million of investment for the UK economy between April 2021-end of March 2022. The AHSN Network has released its Impact Report for 2021-22. The report summarises work undertaken by England’s 15 AHSNs on national initiatives and areas of [...]

  • Greater diversity in innovation is more important than ever – and we need your help

    A spotlight on inequality In 2019 when launching our first report on the importance of ensuring greater diversity in health innovation design and implementation, I wrote that: “Our NHS should represent and reflect the communities we serve. This does not just apply to our front-line workforce. The way that we develop and adopt innovation and [...]

  • Addressing LGBT+ health inequalities: supporting the innovators

    With more LGBT+ high-profile role models, diversity groups in the workplaces, and education in schools, you’d be forgiven for thinking that LGBT+ communities no longer face issues. This isn’t the case – they still face significant barriers with stigma, discrimination, harassment and bullying, and with their health. The LGBT+ community is disproportionately affected by ill [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Whzan Digital Health

    Meet Keith Chessell, Chief Executive of Whzan Digital Health. Whzan Digital Health produce clinically lead healthcare monitoring systems which aim to enable greater levels of care and help keep people out of hospital. Read what Keith has to say about how AHSNs have provided support in finding the right people to talk to, helping people [...]

  • A note from our Vice Chair In 2019, the AHSN Network made key pledges to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and innovation. Our pledges, adopted by all 15 AHSNs, have guided us to embed diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our organisations and our work. I promised in our first report to tell the [...]

  • The Academic Health Science Network (AHSN Network) and Health Education England have published a report focusing on how patients and families are supported around the time of death, and examples of good practice from healthcare organisations across England. Learning from staff reflections: supporting people at end of life is the result of a project commissioned [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Safe Steps

    Meet Lee Omar, Founder of Safe Steps. Safe Steps is a user-friendly falls risk screening, review and care planning tool which supports health and social care organisations to become self-sufficient in falls prevention. Read what he has to say about the personal background to his innovation, understanding the NHS as an entrepreneur and how the [...]

  • Can digital health services support people with learning disabilities and autism?

    People with learning disabilities face significant health inequalities. NHS Digital reported that those with learning disabilities would be between 3.9-4.2 times more likely to die than those with broadly the same characteristics in the general population, the NHS Long Term Plan also recognises this as a priority area. Changes implemented as part of the pandemic [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Patients Know Best

    Meet Mo Al-Ubaydli, CEO of Patients Know Best (PKB). PKB is a social enterprise and technology platform, designed to bring together patient data from health and social care providers and the patient’s own data, into one secure personal health record. Read what Mo has to say about building clinician trust, the role that AHSNs have [...]

  • HSJ Partnership Award for AHSN Network innovation programme that is transforming ADHD diagnosis in the NHS

    Almost 57,000 people (aged 6-18 years) have received an objective assessment for ADHD since the AHSNs began to support a new digital innovation, QbTest. The innovation, which speeds up the time to diagnosis, has improved patient experience and saved the NHS a potential £19.5m since 2017*. It is being used in 59 trusts across 113 [...]

  • Improving lower limb care is one of the solutions to operational pressures in the NHS. But who is listening?

    Over the past two years, wound care has had to take a back seat to Covid, like many other services. However, wound care forms the largest proportion of community nursing work and continues to grow due to unwarranted variation. Tackling wound care properly is relatively straightforward and quick, and most importantly will help solve the [...]

  • Practical tools to support the green agenda in the NHS

    For Global Recycling Day on 18 March 2022, Peter Carpenter, Service Delivery Director at Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN talks about the role of the AHSNs in helping the NHS move towards its net zero ambitions. He also introduces the practical application of Hexitime, a time-banking solution which enables people to connect and exchange professional expertise [...]

  • Safer care starts with supporting our workforce

    Burn-out, stress, exhaustion. Headlines like these were all too familiar during the Covid-19 pandemic, and are still a major concern as we start to emerge from the effects of coronavirus. The pressures never seem to stop. This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, led by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and is an opportunity to [...]

  • The power of the patient’s voice

    Seeing pupil power bring about changes in school dinner menus and playground design was my first taste of public participation in decision making. I was a secondary teacher in Wigan and took on the role of leading the School Council, which led to a wider role with Wigan Borough Council, bringing together representatives of all [...]

  • International Women’s Day – breaking the bias

    With the need to develop new and innovative techniques, treatments and collaborations, the pandemic highlighted how bringing the best and brightest to key roles is vital. And to celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re proud to be able to highlight cases where innovative female leaders are making their mark in the world of health and social [...]

  • Providing a platform for female innovators

    In this blog to mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2022), Maria Kyriacou, NHS Innovation Accelerator Deputy Director, shares her learnings from working with female innovators and how the NHS Innovation Accelerator aims to provide a platform for these exceptional individuals. The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is a national programme commissioned by the Accelerated Access [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Dynamic Metrics Ltd

    Meet Dr Diana Hodgins MBE, Founder and CEO of Dynamic Metrics Ltd, the owners of GaitSmart. GaitSmart is a portable gait analysis system, which enables data-driven rehabilitation by measuring how people walk. The data is used to provide a personalised exercise programme and engages people to take a more active approach in their rehabilitation and [...]

  • Supporting young people with eating disorders

    Eating disorders can affect anyone. It is thought that between 1.25 and 4 million people in the UK have an eating disorder, from every gender, ethnicity, and age with some patients as young as six years old. In this blog for Eating Disorder Awareness Week (28 February-6 March), Charlotte Douglas and Sarah Houston, Innovation Advisors [...]

  • Open and honest communication is essential for patient safety

    Professor Bee Wee CBE is the National Clinical Director for End of Life Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement. She is Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sobell House and Katharine House Hospice, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Professor at University of Oxford, where she is also a Fellow of Harris Manchester [...]

  • The Blood Pressure Optimisation Programme: Doing things differently to prevent heart attacks and strokes at scale

    The newly launched national Blood Pressure Optimisation Programme has a big ambition – to prevent heart attacks and strokes at scale by helping primary care to do things differently. As we emerge from the latest wave of the pandemic and focus our energies on recovery and transformation of healthcare, England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: S12 Solutions

    Meet Amy Manning, founder of S12 Solutions, an app and website, which together help mental health professionals efficiently complete Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) processes. Developed to replace the outdated paper processes used to organise MHA assessment teams, the innovations aim to minimise delays to assessments, reduce distress and risk for the person waiting, and [...]

  • Shining a spotlight on perinatal mental health

    I would one day like to become a mum. Part of me is filled with excitement about bringing a child into this world, the pitter patter of tiny feet early in the mornings and waving them off on their first day at school. However, another part of me is somewhat anxious about this potential new [...]

  • As living and working during the pandemic becomes the norm, the AHSN Network has published a collection of wellbeing resources to help with your physical and mental wellbeing and that of your teams. The resource pack is full of advice, tips and fun exercises anyone can try. Featuring a curated selection of resources from AHSN [...]

  • National learning network for virtual wards

    The AHSN Network is supporting healthcare systems to prepare for the expansion of virtual wards across England, a way of helping people to safely manage their care at home, rather than in hospital. Virtual wards may make use of remote monitoring technology and apps, alongside care from community-based teams. The AHSN Network is working with [...]

  • Bringing people together with remote health technology

    I was thinking about how I would explain ‘remote health’ to my Mum, and it struck me that the concept of remoteness is another example of a health professional’s perspective on healthcare. Remote health refers to those ways of delivering healthcare where the patient is not in the same physical location as the clinician. But [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Bridgit Care

    Meet Darren Crombie, CEO and Founder of Bridgit Care, who have developed remote devices to monitor the activities of vulnerable people in their home environment. The tech was originally designed with Darren’s grandfather in mind, to assist the family members caring for him. Bridgit Care also provide support to family carers through a specially designed [...]

  • AHSN Network leading roll-out of innovative treatment for cardiovascular disease

    An innovative new treatment for people at risk of cardiovascular disease will be made available to patients more quickly, thanks to a three-way agreement between NHS England and NHS Improvement, the AHSN Network and the pharmaceutical company, Novartis. Approved by NICE – Inclisiran is the first of a new type of cholesterol-lowering treatment which uses [...]

  • Success for the AHSN Network at the HSJ Awards 2021

    The AHSN Network celebrated a win at the prestigious HSJ Awards ceremony in London on 18 November. The AHSN Network was successful in the patient safety category for the significant support Patient Safety Collaboratives and AHSNs provided to implement COVID Oximetry @home and virtual wards. The programme was delivered in partnership with NHS England and [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: FibriCheck

    Meet Felicia Vaz, UK Market Lead and Project Manager for FibriCheck, an app that tests your heart in 60 seconds to detect irregularities. Felicia describes how the pandemic shaped a new way for the innovation to be used and why integrated care is the future. Tell us about your innovation – what and why? It [...]

  • The AHSN Network is helping to transform Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) services across England with the rollout of technology that can provide an objective assessment and help families to receive a diagnosis more quickly. New figures released during ADHD Awareness Month (October) show that, since the start of the first ‘demonstrator’ site in the [...]

  • Focus ADHD – Discovering new perspectives, reframing ADHD and embracing innovation

    Since March 2020, Academic Health Science Networks have supported the rollout of an evidence-based Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) programme called Focus ADHD. Working closely with mental health trusts and community paediatric services, the programme seeks to improve the ADHD assessment offer for children and young people. In the first year of the national programme, [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Qbtech

    Meet Tony Doyle, Managing Director of Qbtech, whose company’s mission it is to transform the lives of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) through objective data to help streamline the diagnosis process and help support children and families. Tony tells us why it’s so important that people receive early diagnosis of the condition, and [...]

  • A report has been published that summarises the work carried out by Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) in 2020 and early 2021 to support the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 patient safety response looks at the roll-out of two patient self-monitoring pathways, COVID Oximetry @home and COVID virtual wards, both designed to allow vulnerable [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Nick de Pennington, Ufonia

    Meet Nick de Pennington, CEO and Founder of Ufonia, an autonomous telemedicine platform supported by Oxford AHSN and Yorkshire & Humber AHSN. Nick discusses how his innovation supports clinicians to avoid burnout and is assisting the NHS to manage the backlog built up by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as his background as a [...]

  • The AHSN Network and the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) are partnering with the cholesterol charity, HEART UK, to launch a new education programme for healthcare professionals called Tackling Cholesterol Together. Led by key national figures in cardiovascular disease, Tackling Cholesterol Together is the national professional education programme supporting the NHS England and NHS Improvement [...]

  • The AHSN Network and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have entered into a two-year collaboration agreement to further strengthen the use of the best evidence-based healthcare in the NHS. NICE promotes health and care excellence within the NHS and other public health and social care services by developing evidence-based guidance and [...]

  • Meet the innovator: Leo Cancer Care

    Meet Stephen Towe, CEO of Leo Cancer Care – the more human way to treat cancer, built on research from across the globe showing the benefits of upright patient positioning. Stephen discusses the company’s goals, inspirations, hopes for the future and why you should never wear a tie in California. Tell us about your innovation [...]

  • The UK Government recently published its Life Sciences Vision, which sets a 10-year strategy for the sector to solve some of the biggest healthcare challenges of our generation, including cancer, dementia and using innovation to help build out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As the innovation arm of the NHS in England, and the link [...]

  • Thousands of toddlers will be screened for an inherited gene that can cause early heart disease as part of a new national pilot programme delivered by the AHSN Network. Over the next two years, 30,000 children across England will be assessed using a heel prick blood test to identify if they have a ‘faulty gene’ [...]

  • Meet the innovator: Spirit Digital

    Meet Jane Van Aken, Director of Product Development at Spirit Digital, a remote monitoring solution supported by the AHSN Network. Jane discusses her ‘light bulb’ moment, advice for budding innovators and how virtual monitoring has been a lifeline for many during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Tell us about your innovation – what and why? CliniTouch [...]

  • We are working with mental health trusts and community paediatric services across England to improve the assessment process for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for children and young people through our Focus ADHD national programme. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder and affects around 5% of school-aged children worldwide [1]. Symptoms include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. If [...]

  • The AHSN Network 2020-2021 Impact Report highlights how the innovation delivery arm of the NHS has benefitted more than 258,000 patients through its national programmes during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The report highlights outstanding impacts achieved by AHSNs and evidences how they are driving adoption and spread in healthcare innovation, transforming patient outcomes, enabling efficiencies, [...]

  • Over the last yearbeen either created or protected as a result of work by the AHSN Network. These figures have been released as part of our 20-21 AHSN Network Impact Report, which looks at the collective impacts of England’s 15 AHSNs. Economic growth impacts are drawn from company surveys and demonstrate remarkable progress in the [...]

  • A report capturing the AHSN experience during the coronavirus pandemic has been published as part of the AHSN’s Health and Care Reset campaign to inform leaders across the NHS as it enters the next phase of the pandemic response. The AHSN Network Health and Care Reset Campaign was launched to collate and spread learnings and insights [...]

  • An in-depth study examining approaches to spreading and adopting innovation in the health sector has been published by the AHSN Network to help AHSNs, and partners, understand and harness the AHSN collective experience and expertise. The review, which identifies the different approaches used across the 15 AHSNs within the Network, highlights the complexity of spread [...]

  • Research was undertaken between January and November 2020, to determine approaches and challenges to spread and adoption across the AHSN Network – focusing on the period January 2018 to January 2020. The study sought to: Generate a before unknown aggregated view of approaches and challenges Understand the range and type of approaches in use Explore [...]

  • More than 260 patients with an eating disorder have been supported through the AHSN Network-backed FREED programme

    In the first year of a new AHSN Network-backed programme, more than 260 patients with an eating disorder have been supported through the First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED) model. FREED is an innovative, evidence-based, specialist care package for 16 to 25-year-olds with a first episode eating disorder of less than three [...]

  • The AHSN Network has partnered with the South Asian Health Foundation to set up a series of webinars to support learning and exchange opportunities with clinicians from the UK and India on COVID-19. You can find all the webinars on this AHSN Network YouTube playlist or follow these individual links: Wednesday 5 May: Remote monitoring [...]

  • This webinar highlighted the association between oxygen saturations and COVID-19 which underpins the need for the COVID Oximetry @home pathway. Hosted by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN Network), it shared a collaborative approach to monitor and manage patients at risk of sudden deterioration. The session was chaired [...]

  • A note from our Chair In March 2020, the health and care system embarked on the most challenging year in its history. Within a matter of days, all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) realigned resources and refocused our existing work to support the national and regional response to coronavirus (COVID-19). We adapted and channelled [...]

  • A rapid-learning report on the role of Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) during the pandemic has been published by the AHSN Network. PSCs are just one part of the health and care system which responded quickly to the immediate crisis from COVID-19 in March. They reprioritised their day-to-day work and took on new programmes at speed, [...]

  • This webinar on Thursday 9 July, 1-2pm was jointly presented by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Academic Health Science Network. Chaired by Dr Jonathan Leach OBE, RCGP Hon Sec and COVID lead, with Dr Mike Linney, Paediatrican and Registrar of the RCPCH, [...]

  • A toolkit for healthcare staff has been published by the National Tracheostomy Safety Project (NTSP) in collaboration with the AHSN Network and the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to support healthcare staff who are looking after patients with tracheostomies. The number of patients requiring relatively prolonged ventilatory support in [...]

  • COVID oximetry and virtual wards

    Detecting the early signs of deterioration in patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 is a significant challenge for health and social care teams. As patients at risk of poorer outcomes can be identified by reduced oxygen saturation levels, the ability to recognise early decreases in blood oxygen levels before the patient becomes symptomatic is [...]

  • Patient safety resources for hospitals, mental health and community services

    Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) identify and spread safer care initiatives in their local health and care systems. As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some information and resources to support people working in secondary care. Go back to patient safety during COVID-19. Safe tracheostomy care A toolkit for healthcare staff has [...]

  • Patient safety resources for primary care

    Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) identify and spread safer care initiatives in their local health and care systems. As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some information and resources to support people working in primary care. Go back to patient safety during COVID-19. Pulse oximetry and remote monitoring guidance COVID virtual ward [...]

  • Patient safety resources for care homes

    Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) identify and spread safer care initiatives in their local health and care systems. As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some information and resources to support staff in care homes. Go back to patient safety during COVID-19. Spotting serious illness and sepsis Some people are more at [...]

  • Spotting the early ‘soft signs’ of deterioration and sepsis

    If you work in a residential care home, or are a professional or family carer supporting someone in their own home, there are many tools available help you recognise physical deterioration and take the appropriate actions. You can read an overview of spotting serious illness and sepsis. These films explain the soft signs of deterioration [...]

  • Using the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) to identify people whose condition may be deteriorating

    The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is used by GPs, all ambulance services and most acute hospital trusts to check patients who may be at increasing risk of deterioration or developing sepsis. You can read an overview of spotting serious illness and sepsis. How NEWS works NEWS has been created by the Royal College of [...]

  • This webinar on Wednesday 27 May 2020 shared examples of current good practice and collaboration between primary care and care homes, including resources to support virtual ward rounds. Chaired by Dr Jonathan Leach OBE, RCGP Hon Sec and COVID lead, with Anita Astle MBE, Managing Director of Wren Hall Nursing Home in Nottingham, and Dr [...]

  • The assessment of patients who are unwell with COVID-19 or other causes presents a significant challenge for GPs and clinicians working in primary care. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the AHSN Network held a joint webinar looking at the role of oximetry and other physiology in that assessment on Wednesday 29 April [...]

  • Support for patients being discharged from hospital with COPD

    People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at increased risk from coronavirus. The British Thoracic Society (BTS) has developed COPD admission and discharge care bundles with the aim of improving care, helping patients manage their condition at home, and reducing readmissions. Acute hospital trusts are being encouraged to deliver all appropriate elements of the [...]

  • Patient safety during COVID

    Patient Safety Collaboratives and the Academic Health Science Networks which host them, are supporting their local health and care systems during the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in hospitals, care homes and the community. There are resources available here for people working in: Care homes Primary care  Hospitals, mental health and community services  The AHSN Network [...]

  • Using the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) to identify pre-hospital patients who are most unwell

    The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is associated with a reduction in mortality in those patients admitted with a possible diagnosis of sepsis without increasing the overall number of admissions, according to a paper published today in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP). Alison Tavaré, one of the paper’s authors has also written a [...]

  • Health Education England has published a set of materials and films which aim to support staff through difficult conversations arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. The AHSN Network was part of a small group of people that helped pull this resource together in less than two weeks. The framework includes posters and films based on the [...]

  • Spotting serious illness and sepsis

    Some people are more at risk than others of becoming unwell very quickly and developing a serious illness such as sepsis. This is known as ‘deterioration’ and it is important that anyone who cares for individuals who are at risk of deterioration knows how to spot the signs, especially during the current COVID-19 outbreak. This [...]

  • New online video training launched for care home staff

    Wessex and the West of England Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and West Hampshire CCG, funded by Health Education England, have collaborated to produce a series of free videos and e-learning materials to support staff working in care homes to care for residents who are at risk of deterioration. As recognised in a recent paper [...]

  • Meet the Innovator: Innovation² – the multiplier effect of diversity: the business case

    Our NHS should represent and reflect the communities we serve. This does not just apply to our front line workforce. The way that we develop and adopt innovation and technology must also be based around our core mission to serve all our population, and to ensure that the transformation of our health service reduces, and [...]

  • A new report highlighting the compelling business case for increased diversity in innovation in the NHS is to be launched by the AHSN Network at Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019 in Manchester today, Wednesday 4 September 2019. The report ‘Diversity and innovation – a celebration of BAME innovators and our pledges to do [...]