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Academic Health Science Networks upping their game


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VIDEO ABOVE: West Midlands AHSN getting into its stride. ARTICLE BELOW: What are the Academic Health Science Networks and what are they up to?


00.00 | What does the WMAHSN do?
01:20 | Stimulating innovation through collaboration in health services across the UK
02:39 | What is unique about the WMAHSN and how it has benefitted health services?
05:07 | Patient centred and technology enabled care services
05:35 | Improving connectivity between health services
06:20 | Delivering sustainable, lower cost healthcare within the NHS
06:57 | What the role of the WMAHSN has been in stimulating third-party funding of helath services   

What are the Academic Health Science Networks and what are they up to?

As a result of a report in 2008 criticising the NHS for being poor and slow at innovation the AHSNs were established by NHS England in May 2013.  AHSNs bring together health services, academic organisations and industry & commerce with the intention of creating a crucible for local and national innovation designed to improve health outcomes for patients and generate economic growth by facilitating the development and routes to market for English med-tech innovation.

Four years on there are 15 AHSNs across England:

Recently the AHSN Network has published an Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare showcasing proven innovations and improvements from the country’s AHSNs, that they feel are making a positive difference to people’s lives and NHS efficiency. The aim of the Atlas is to showcase innovation case-studies, spread best practice and help accelerate the adoption of innovation across health and care. Each example meets one or more of the gaps identified by the NHS in its Five Year Forward View: improving quality; impact on health and wellbeing; and increasing efficiency.

Some examples are linked below.

  1. STarT Back care for low back pain - West Midlands AHSN
  2. Lincus – Improving self-care and wellbeing – Innovation Agency North West Coast
  3. Hydrate in Care Homes – Kent Surrey and Sussex AHSN
  4. Improving return rates to psychiatric wards – Oxford AHSN
  5. Reducing harm and saving money (PINCER) -East Midlands AHSN
  6. Improving patient outcomes following high-risk surgery through better use of technology – Oxford AHSN
  7. Improving the Physical Health of People with Serious Mental Illness​ – Yorkshire and Humber AHSN
  8. Reducing the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation in North London – Imperial College Health Partners
  9. A population based approach to Improving Bone Health and Fracture Prevention across the North East and North Cumbria – now adopted across 5 AHSNs – Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) 
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