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The Innovation Exchange

All 15 AHSNs support the regional ‘import and export’ of healthcare innovation through our Innovation Exchange.

The Innovation Exchange is an AHSN coordinated approach to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations that improve our economy and patients’ lives.

The Innovation Exchange identifies innovations for the Accelerated Access Collaborative and for local adoption. 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.

The Innovation Exchange has four structured elements:

  • Needs definition: We support our Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to identify proven solutions to existing challenges.
  • Innovator support and signposting: Innovator support is provided by all AHSNs. We focus on developing and testing the value-proposition, and subsequently sign-post and/or support the next stages of development. The Innovation Pathway sets out the range of service offered.  There is a consistent and co-ordinated offer to innovators wherever they are identified in the system.
  • Real world validation: Real world validation is informed by regional and local need and seeks to build confidence that the intervention delivers the intended benefits. This builds on the evidence already gathered of smaller or more controlled testing.
  • Spread and adoption of supported innovations: Having validated the benefits AHSNs can support scaling up through their expertise and cross-sector connections. Through our networking we can identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to spread proven innovation.

Funded by the government’s Office for Life Sciences, the Innovative Exchange builds on AHSNs’ unique expertise and cross-sector connections, enabling us to identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to develop, test and spread proven innovation.

Find out more about how we support innovators and business.