Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria

Delivered by Academic Health Science Network – NENC

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) acts as the crucial link between NHS, univiersities and industry in the North East and North Cumbria to drive forward transformative innovations that will improve the health and economic prosperity of the region.

What is the role of AHSNs?

Innovators receive bespoke assistance from the AHSN NENC at every stage of the innovation lifecycle via its Innovation Pathway initiative. This support spans from identifying unmet needs across the NHS, providing IP support, real-world validation, and spread and adoption of innovations.

What difference are AHSNs making?

Each AHSN works within its own area to develop projects, programmes and initiatives that reflect the diversity of our local populations and healthcare challenges. However, they all share the following priorities:

  • Promoting economic growth: fostering opportunities for industry to work effectively with the NHS
  • Diffusing innovation: creating the right environment, and supporting collaboration across boundaries, in order to adopt and spread innovation at pace and scale
  • Improving patient safety: bring together patients, healthcare staff and partners to determine priorities and develop and implement solutions
  • Optimising medicine use: ensuring that medication is used to its maximum benefit – improving safety and making efficient use of NHS resources
  • Improving quality and reducing variation: by spreading best practice we increase productivity and reduce variation, thereby improving patient outcomes
  • Putting research into practice: strong links with academia mean AHSN’s are uniquely placed to support the translation of research into clinical practice
  • Collaborating on national programmes: AHSN’s unified programmes focus on delivery of the SBRI Healthcare initiative (supporting SME interaction), the NHS Innovation Accelerator, Patient Safety Collaboratives and medicines optimisation.
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