AHSN Network Innovation Exchange

Delivered by The AHSN Network

The AHSN Network Innovation Exchange has been designed to help innovators understand what the NHS challenges are and connect you to the help you need.

The AHSNs are innovation brokers – they don’t deliver all the support themselves – but they can help you to connect and find the right assistance for you. By helping to understand NHS needs and navigate the system they aim to transform patient care and deliver economic growth.

How can it help your business?

The Innovation Exchange has four structured elements:

  1. Defining needs

AHSN support their local NHS partners – clinical and managerial – to understand the needs they have that could respond to innovation, then they communicate these needs to industry in a way that encourages the most effective response. They also support their local NHS partners to identify proven solutions to existing challenges.

2. Innovator support and signposting

Innovator support is provided by every AHSN. To help innovators progress from idea to uptake, the Innovation Pathway sets out the range of services that AHSNs offer to support industry in their journey. Not all the services are provided by every AHSN, but innovators will be directed to the best place for the assistance they need.

  1. Real world validation

Innovations that need real world validations are tested and evaluated in local systems. This enables the AHSNs and the innovators to understand evidence and information needed to accelerate the adoption of innovation in a variety of settings.  The AHSNs are developing a consistent approach to real world validation – but some local variation is inevitable as the NHS has multiple delivery approaches.

  1. Spread and adoption of supported innovations

The AHSN Network supports adoption of innovations identified by the Accelerated Access Collaborative and those that the AHSNs identify for national spread. It also identifies and supports the adoption of innovations on a regional and cross-regional basis.

The Accelerated Access Collaborative is a national partnership of organisations including NHS England, Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, NICE, NHS Improvement and the AHSNs. 

How do I get started?

Register with your local AHSN by filling in the company registration form

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