25 May 2017

Report highlights impact of Academic Health Science Networks

2017 highlights collective achievements of England’s 15 AHSNs since their formation in 2013 which are helping the NHS meet the challenges of 21st century health and care. These include:

  • Over 6 million patients benefited from AHSN input
  • Over £330m leveraged by AHSNs to improve health and support NHS, care and industry partners
  • Over 200 innovations introduced through AHSN influence
  • Over 500 jobs created
  • Hundreds of commercial innovators engaged
  • Over 11,000 locations developing innovations supported by AHSNs

Dr Liz Mear, Chair of the AHSN Network, said: “The NHS has huge potential to be creative and innovative, yet the system as a whole is slow to adopt innovation and best practice. Academic Health Science Networks exist to speed up this process, to improve lives, save money and support economic growth.

“Uniquely, AHSNs mobilise expertise and knowledge across the NHS and social care organisations, research institutions, third sector, patient groups and life sciences industry. The 15 AHSNs work together in ways unprecedented across health and care, delivering improvement at pace and scale.

“AHSNs take bold ideas, maximise their impact with dramatic results leading to lasting change. This report captures some of the initial achievements of AHSNs since their creation in 2013 and demonstrates the potential for greater impact in the years ahead.”

The report contains 11 short case studies which show how AHSNs and their partners are improving health and spreading innovation.

Read the report here.