• A unique opportunity to drive health innovation and transformation

    Guest blog by Martin Hindle. Martin has served as Chair of Health Innovation East Midlands (HIEM) since the organisation was set up in 2013. He will finish his fixed-term appointment at the end of March 2024, and in his guest blog below, he reflects on HIEM’s journey and the unique contribution all local health innovation networks [...]

  • Five years of Polypharmacy Action Learning Sets

    GPs, pharmacists and geriatricians from across the country gathered at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in London on Thursday 23 November to celebrate five years since the launch of the Polypharmacy Action Learning Sets. The Action Learning Sets are an evidenced-based education approach to upskill primary care professionals in addressing problematic or unnecessary polypharmacy in their [...]

  • National Lipid Optimisation and Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Programme Impact Report

    The Health Innovation Network’s National Lipid Optimisation & Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Programme has delivered huge impact in its goal to reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and its associated health inequalities, according to the programme's new Impact Report. The report celebrates the collective achievements of the programme, which has increased the detection of people with FH, [...]

  • Health Innovation Network success at HSJ Awards

    Three health innovation networks were recognised for the quality of their work at last night’s HSJ Awards ceremony (Thursday 16 November 2023), which celebrates success and excellence in healthcare across the NHS. UCLPartners won the ‘Medicines, Pharmacy & Prescribing Initiative of the Year’ award, in partnership with Barts Health Trust, North East London ICB, and [...]

  • New five-year licence begins with new Chair

    Richard Stubbs, CEO of Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber, has become Chair of the Health Innovation Network, the new name for the AHSN Network. The innovation arm of the NHS, the Network comprises of 15 organisations across England who work collaboratively, both nationally and locally, to deliver spread and adoption of new innovation for the [...]

  • We’re pleased to be exhibiting at the Health Excellence Through Technology (HETT) show on 26 and 27 September 2023, at ExCeL London. Come and see us at our exhibition stand (number F38) where you can speak to AHSN colleagues and partners; find out more about the AHSNs and how to access support; and meet 16 AHSN-supported innovators. [...]

  • Using innovation to help tackle the NHS workforce challenges

    Earlier this month, NHS England launched its new workforce plan, which aims to build a sustainable and resilient healthcare workforce that meets the evolving needs of patients and delivers high-quality care. The plan recognises the importance of recruitment, retention, education, wellbeing, diversity, technology adoption, collaboration, and long-term planning in shaping a successful NHS workforce for [...]

  • AHSN Network Workforce Report Annual Review 2022-23

    The AHSN National Workforce Collaborative has released its 2022-23 annual review. The report presents  the outcomes of our programmes to demonstrate the long-term workforce benefits of innovation. It also showcases the types of innovation projects and programmes we have delivered in 2022/23 that contributed to creating efficiencies for NHS staff, as well as opportunities and [...]

  • Register now: AHSN Network Net Zero Green Hospitals Sharing & Learning online event, 14 September

    Join our Net Zero Green Hospitals Sharing & Learning webinar on Thursday 14 September, 9:30am-3:30pm, and hear from innovators and system partners about initiatives in secondary care that are helping the NHS reach its net zero targets. Sustainability is a key priority for the AHSN Network. Our network of 15 AHSNs across England acts as a [...]

  • Innovate Awards 2023 finalists announced

    The finalists for the Innovate Awards 2023 have been announced following a rigorous round of judging over the last few weeks. The Innovate Awards, now in its second year, is delivered in partnership between the AHSN Network and NHS Confederation to celebrate best practise examples of collaboration in the adoption and spread of innovation across health [...]

  • NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) partners with Greener NHS to help Fellows get climate-ready

    The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has agreed a new collaboration with Greener NHS to make sure its Fellows are “climate-ready” in helping to reduce carbon emissions in healthcare. The NIA is delivered by the AHSN Network to accelerate innovation across the NHS in England, in response to national health and care priorities as outlined in [...]

  • The AHSN Network at ConfedExpo 2023: inspiring change across the health and care system

    The AHSN Network hosted a packed Innovation Zone at NHSConfedExpo, which was held at Manchester Central on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June 2023. Thousands of people attended the conference, which brought delegates from across the health and care sector together to connect and explore the most pressing challenges facing the sector, alongside the [...]

  • AHSN Network releases national impacts, celebrating 10 years of AHSNs

    We are delighted to report that the AHSN Network’s national initiatives have benefitted more than 2.3 million patients and generated more than £1.8 billion of investment for the UK economy since 2018 – our second five-year licence period. Celebrating 10 years since Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) were first created by NHS England, we are [...]

  • Celebrating a year of transforming the management of high blood pressure

    We are celebrating a year of collective impact, which is potentially benefiting thousands of patients nationwide, through delivering the national Blood Pressure Optimisation (BPO) programme, as outlined the Blood Pressure Optimisation Impact Report. Thanks to the continued dedication of all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and national coordination provided by UCLPartners, over 600 Primary [...]

  • NHS and Government back AHSNs to continue to lead innovation, under new name

    The Government and NHS England have today confirmed their intention to relicense England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) under the revised badge of ‘Health Innovation Networks’ (HINs), to reflect our key role in supporting development and spread of innovation across health services. Following yesterday’s (25 May) Life Sciences Council meeting, it was formally announced [...]

  • Applications now open for Accelerating FemTech early-stage innovations programme

    An AHSN Network supported initiative is exploring opportunities to bring new innovation to women’s health. Accelerating FemTech will support innovators to boost the development of technology solutions to address current challenges in women’s health – from female-specific areas such as maternal health, fertility, gynecological cancers and menopause, to conditions that affect women disproportionally or differently, [...]