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A note from our Chair

Welcome to our September newsletter edition, which includes:

· The latest from last night's Innovate Awards (Thursday 21 September)

· World Patient Safety Day 2023 highlights

· Details of this year’s Health Excellence Through Technology show (HETT).

I am delighted to share that from next month, we formally begin our third five-year license. We welcome the opportunity that the new license period brings for our teams to spend the next five years continuing to work alongside our NHS, industry, research and life sciences partners to identify, develop and spread innovation that will benefit our health service and its patients.

The current challenges in the NHS demonstrate there has never been a greater need for health innovation that supports the health and social care workforce to deliver better outcomes for the populations we serve. As summer draws to a close, and many of our system colleagues are faced with yet another challenging winter, we urge you all to reach out to your local Network team to find out more about how they can support you.

With the new licence coming into place, my time as Chair of the Network also draws to a close. I’m immensely proud of the collective impact the AHSNs have achieved over the past 10 years and thank the many brilliant people I have worked with for their tenacious drive and relentless determination to transform our health and care services through innovation. It will be my pleasure to continue working with so many of you in my main role as Chief Executive of what is soon to become Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley.

Professor Gary Ford, Chair of the AHSN Network and Chief Executive of Oxford AHSN

Innovate Awards 2023 winners announced

Last night’s Innovate Awards, hosted by Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, celebrated innovations from across the health and care system at the ceremony attended by NHS leaders, innovators, and partners.

World Patient Safety Day 2023 - 17 September 2023

This year’s World Patient Safety Day theme focused on the importance of engaging patients in improving patient safety. Read about how working collaboratively with patients is helping people to live well with chronic pain, supporting patients to have meaningful conversations about their medicines, and building understanding of what matters most to patients about digital remote monitoring in the latest news item.

You can also hear about how the AHSN Network involves patients in designing and promoting improvement programmes in the latest Health Innovation Podcast.

AHSN Network at HETT show 2023 - 26/27 September

We are hosting the Innovation Zone at the Health Excellence Through Technology (HETT) show on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September 2023, at ExCeL London. We will be joined by colleagues from the NHS Innovation Service, by our partners from the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme, and 16 health and care innovators working with AHSNs across the county. We hope to see you there!

AHSN Network article published in Guardian supplement

An article by Dr Rishi Das-Gupta, Chief Executive of 

Health Innovation Network South London, and Digital Transformation and Innovation Lead at the AHSN Network, has been published in a supplement available with The Guardian newspaper (20 September). The article is part of a Future of Healthcare campaign.

Supporting better conversations about medicines

The AHSN Network’s national Polypharmacy programme is helping healthcare professionals identify patients at potential risk of harm from ‘problematic pharmacy’. The programme is also supporting better conversations about medicines by promoting shared decision making, according to the findings of an interim evaluation of the programme’s first year.

AHSNs awarded funding to help tackle fatal drug deaths

As part of the Reducing Drug Deaths Innovation Challenge, which aims to reduce drug-related deaths across the UK, the Office for Life Sciences is investing £5 million in 12 promising projects. Four AHSNs have been awarded a part of this funding for projects that seek support people at risk of opioid overdose.

AHSN Network shortlisted for national Net Zero award

The AHSN Network has been shortlisted as 'Consultancy of the Year' at this year's Edie Net-Zero Awards, which celebrate innovation and action. The awards ceremony is taking place on 15 November in London. Find out more about our work to support environment sustainability


Health Innovation Podcast: Engaging the patient in patient safety

In the latest episode of the Health Innovation Podcast our guests are stroke survivor and dedicated patient engagement volunteer Wendy Westoby; Patient and Public Involvement Lead at the Innovation Agency and Chair of the AHSN Network PPI Leads Forum Debbie Parkinson; chronic pain patient Graham Smith, and Senior Project Manager at Health Innovation Network Natasha Callender.


Hear how the AHSN Network involves patients in designing and promoting improvement programmes. 



Find out more about C2-Ai, who, alongside their NHS partners Cheshire and Merseyside ICS, won the coveted ‘Innovation Champion of the year’ award at last night's Innovate Award's. The company helps hospitals to significantly improve patient safety, reduce mortality and complication risk and clinical outcomes variation by providing globally unique AI-backed insights.

Read this brand new C2-Ai case study with the Innovation Agency, AHSN for the North West Coast, and in a Meet the Innovator interview we published in December 2022. 

  • Webinar - Shared decision making for structured medication reviews: a free lunchtime webinar for healthcare professionals, hosted by the AHSN Network as part of our national Polypharmacy programme. Monday 25 September 2023, 12:15pm. 
  • Best Practice Birmingham: join us at this free-to-attend event for the general practise and primary care communities. Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October 2023 at NEC Birmingham. Register here.


The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has officially launched its call for applications to the 2024 intake. The NIA programme is an NHS England Accelerated Access Collaborative initiative delivered by the AHSN Network. Applications close 22 October 2023.

Health Foundation webinar: What will it take to bring improvement from the margins into the mainstream? Thursday 12 October 2023, 2:15-3.30pm. Register for your place.

Health Foundation in-person event: The future of healthcare is digital,

Tuesday 31 October, 10:30-1:30pm. Register for your place.

Healthcare professionals who provide care for patients living with long term conditions are invited to this free networking event, Long Term Conditions Revolution, hosted by AstraZeneca UK Medical & Scientific Affairs, Friday 3-Saturday 4 November 2023.

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