NHS and local authority organisations

Whether you are an NHS or local authority organisation, a commissioner or a provider, involved in health or social care, the WMAHSN can support you and your organisation in the adoption of innovation at scale and pace.

WMAHSN encourages greater collaboration between the NHS, local authorities, academic institutions and industry to boost innovation in healthcare and life sciences, promoting best health for the population and prosperity for the West Midlands. 

All NHS organisations and local authorities within the West Midlands are automatically enrolled as WMAHSN standard members. The WMAHSN standard membership scheme will remain no cost for all West Midlands NHS organisations and local authorities, as it is subsidised by NHS England. WMAHSN intends to continue to deliver this no cost standard membership scheme for all of its stakeholders until the end of its NHS England licence. From 1 April 2016, WMAHSN will also offer a paid-for enhanced membership scheme, with additional benefits, services and premium access, for NHS organisations and local authorities should they choose to do so. 

The membership scheme supports WMAHSN and its stakeholders to achieve the two key objectives of improving health and generating economic growth. It does this through membership networks and services connecting NHS, local authorities, academics, researchers and industry to accelerate the process of innovation and facilitate the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies across large populations. Breaking down traditional organisational boundaries and building stronger relationships between members – coupled with better knowledge exchange – will bring lasting benefits as best practice is spread quickly and widely across the NHS in the West Midlands. We work closely with our local NHS and local authority partners, developing and delivering programmes that lead to improvements in healthcare and the local economy. 

Through its opportunities for innovations process and the Meridian online health innovation exchange, WMAHSN wants to hear from NHS and local authority members who can work with us on rolling out innovative solutions, models and technologies to address the challenges faced by the local health economy. Alternatively, the process encourages innovative solutions to gaps in current provision in the NHS or social care in the West Midlands. Proposals should have relevance to the WMAHSN’s priorities and enabling themes, and deliver better health and economic outcomes for the region.