Our National Network
There are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread of innovation at pace and scale – improving health and generating economic growth.
As the only bodies that connect the NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, we are catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients. This means we are uniquely placed to identify and spread health innovation quickly; driving the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies across large populations.
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, we all share the following priorities:
The Innovation Exchange
All 15 AHSNs support the regional ‘import and export’ of healthcare innovation through our Innovation Exchange, an AHSN coordinated approach to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations that improve our economy and patients’ lives.
The National Innovation Exchange identifies innovations for the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) and for local adoption. The AAC 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.
The Innovation Exchange has four structured elements:
Meridian is the West Midlands’ online health innovation exchange, supporting the adoption of good practice and the sharing of lessons learned.
Access Meridian here.