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A note from our Chair

We are delighted by the recent announcement from the Government and NHS England of their intention to relicense England’s Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) under the revised badge of ‘Health Innovation Networks’ (HINS). It is a testament to the collective impact of the AHSNs over the past 10 years that our commissioners have issued a further licence. We welcome the opportunity and challenge this provides for our teams to identify, develop and spread innovations that meet the priorities of the NHS over the next five years.

Under the new banner of Health Innovation Networks each organisation will continue to support local innovation and transformation working with their Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) within their region, support innovators to develop innovations to address local needs, and come together as a national network to evaluate and spread promising solutions at scale.

The challenges facing the NHS will only be met by widespread adoption of innovation in digital and diagnostic technology and in data to transform clinical pathways and empower patients.

We are currently at the NHS ConfedExpo conference in Manchester, meeting with many of you in person and soft launching our annual impact report 2022/23.

This month’s Meet the Innovator interview is with Anna-Lisa Mills, Sustainability Manager at Newcastle Hospitals, which in 2020 introduced a smart carbon platform and five-step process to reduce its carbon footprint and that of its suppliers. The innovation won the Net Zero Innovation of the Year category at last year’s Innovate Awards, for its work towards a zero-carbon supply chain.

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


NHS ConfedExpo

Find out what’s happening at the NHS ConfedExpo conference, which opened yesterday and continues today, Thursday 15 June, at Manchester Central. We are once again hosting the Innovation Feature Zone – the largest of the five feature zones at this year’s event – where we are launching the annual AHSN Network Impact Report 2022/23.

Celebrating a year of transforming the management of high blood pressure

This month we are celebrating a year of collective impact, which is potentially benefiting thousands of patients nationwide, through the delivery of our national Blood Pressure Optimisation (BPO) programme. Find out more.

Patient Safety Collaboratives Release New Quality Improvement Resource Pack

Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) are experts in supporting quality improvement projects. As part of their work to empower teams to make safety improvements, PSCs have developed a new resource pack.

The quality improvement resource pack includes:

  • Case studies on how PSCs have supported patient safety improvements
  • Training resources for health and care staff and commissioners
  • An improvement toolkit focusing on culture and quality improvement tools. Download the resource pack.

Patient safety in partnership: Progress report

We have launched our updated patient safety plan, which reflects progress made across focus areas including managing deterioration in care homes; maternity and neonatal health; medicines safety; mental health; and system safety. Read the full report: “Patient safety in partnership. Our plan for a safer future 2019-2015: Progress report”.

Better asthma outcomes for patients and planet

Today, 15 June is Clean Air Day, and to mark it we're launching our 'Better asthma outcomes for patients and planet' brochure. Created by Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN, Wessex AHSN and Oxford AHSN, the brochure offers support for respiratory professionals on the topics of asthma solutions, winter pressures, greener prescribing and net zero. Read the brochure.


In this month’s Meet the Innovator interview, we speak with Anna-Lisa Mills, Sustainability Manager at Newcastle Hospitals which introduced a smart carbon platform and five-step process to reduce its carbon footprint and that of its suppliers.

The innovation won the Net Zero Innovation of the Year category at last year’s Innovate Awards, for its ‘Towards a net zero carbon supply chain’ initiative. In this blog, Anna-Lisa tells us about NUTH’s Race to Zero and her passion for tackling the climate emergency.


Innovation: the golden thread empowering the NHS for a bright future

As the NHS approaches its 75th birthday, our Chief Executive, Richard Stubbs, describes how its commitment to innovation holds the key to ensuring its sustainability. Read now.

Sustainable solutions for plastics in healthcare

In this blog, our NetZero lead, Pete Waddingham discusses how innovation is pivotal to tackling the NHS crisis within the NHS. Read now. Read now.


  • The Innovate Awards 2023: back for their second year, the Innovate Awards celebrate innovation in health and care and are delivered collaboratively between the AHSN Network and NHS Confederation. This year’s awards will take place on 21 September at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.


  • Read the latest NHS National Innovation Collaboration digital health case study on service transformation for people living with gastroenterology-related or musculoskeletal condition.
  • NICE is supporting the NHS’s efforts to increase the use of virtual wards, expanding the capacity of the acute care sector by managing patients, who would otherwise be in hospital, in their homes. In this new blog from NICE, Mark Salmon, programme director within NICE's science, evidence and analytics team describes the three streams of work it is implementing to support this ambition, including development of new guidance and support tools. Read more on their website.
  • Nice's Health Technology Assessment Laboratory (HTA Lab) is a ‘safe space’ enabling NICE and system partners to develop creative solutions to complex problems. The HTA Lab aims to create new methods and processes for health technology assessment, taking innovation from the lab and into practice. Read more on the new webpage.
  • Asthma + Lung UK, in collaboration with BREATHE: HDRUK Hub and ABHI, are hosting an in-person networking session for innovators on 23rd June in Manchester to coincide with the British Thoracic Society summer meeting. Register now.

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