NHS England and the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have today published their annual AHSN stakeholder survey reports. Commissioned to help AHSNs understand how they are perceived to be delivering against objectives, the local report for UCLPartners demonstrates our positive impact in the uptake of innovation and facilitating collaboration across the health and care system.
The survey was sent out to a wide group of partners, members and others who have worked with UCLPartners AHSN over the past year. Colleagues from health and social care providers, industry, academia, clinical commissioning groups, patient groups, local government and the voluntary sector responded.
The report shows increased engagement from industry partners and recognition of our contribution to digital health, the NHS Innovation Accelerator and improvements in cardiovascular disease and mental health. Our work to facilitate collaboration; to identify, adopt and spread innovation; and in patient safety and quality improvement is highly valued by respondents. Highlights include:
- 100% of industry partners and 80% of CCGs would recommend working with us
- 96% of industry partners say they have a good working relationship with us
- 94% of respondents feel they have some understanding of the role of the AHSN
- 92% of respondents that have received support in facilitating collaboration found it valuable
On balance the report highlights areas for improvement, which we are working to address. This includes the need to clarify the plans and priorities of UCLPartners AHSN and how these are aligned to the needs of local patients and populations. The report also reflects the need to work more closely with our partners and develop priorities in line with their local requirements.
Dr Charlie Davie, Managing Director of UCLPartners AHSN, said: “Our founding principle at UCLPartners is partnership working and creating the connections that will make lasting improvements in patient and population health. This survey report provides useful insights into how we can work more effectively in partnership and I am committed to listening to our partners to shape this approach.
Our staff can be proud of the achievements and progress we are making to champion innovation and its translation into practice. Of the many examples, the NHS Innovation Accelerator is having a major impact on the adoption of innovation across the NHS as a result of our leadership.”
Download the UCLPartners AHSN Stakeholder Survey report here.
Download the national report on the AHSN Network website.