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A note from our Chair

We are delighted to have announced the finalists of the Innovate Awards 2023, which celebrate best practice examples of collaboration in the adoption and spread of innovation across health and care. Delivered in partnership between the AHSN Network and NHS Confederation, the awards are now in their second year. We look forward to the awards ceremony on Thursday 21 September in London, where the winners will be announced.

Following the recent release of the new NHS England Long Term Workforce Plan, read our latest blog about how AHSNs are helping tackle the NHS workforce challenges through innovation.

In October we begin our third five-year licence as the soon-to-be renamed Health Innovation Networks and, running alongside our new licence, we are supporting NHS England with its NHS Innovation Ecosystem Review, led by Roland Sinker, which aims to improve and accelerate the innovation pathway into the NHS.

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

Innovate Awards 2023 finalists announced

The finalists for the Innovate Awards 2023 were recently announced following a rigorous round of judging over the last few weeks. A grand total of 191 entries from health and care teams across the country, covering 11 award categories, has been shortlisted to 56 finalists. 

Book your tickets to attend the award ceremony via the Innovate Awards website.

If your organisation would like to get involved in supporting the awards, there are opportunities to sponsor a category. Find out more.

National Patient Safety Improvement Programme progress report

The NHS England patient safety team has released its quarter 4, 2022/23 progress report. The report provides the latest information on how AHSNs are supporting health and care services to improve safety in these areas: Managing deterioration Mental health Medicines safety System safety Maternity and neonatal. Read the progress report.

AHSN Network Workforce Report Annual Review 2022-23

The AHSN National Workforce Collaborative has released its 2022-23 annual review. The report presents the outcomes of our programmes to demonstrate the long-term workforce benefits of innovation. Read the report.

New case study: Community pathway to rapidly test and treat flu

Read our latest case study - Community pathway to rapidly test and treat flu - which explains how we piloted a new pathway to test for and treat Flu A/B and COVID-19 in the community across three primary care networks.


In support of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2023, we re-visit our Meet the Innovator interview with Dr Chen Mao Davies, Founder and CEO of LatchAid, an award-winning pregnancy, parenting and breastfeeding support app. In this blog, Chen tells us about her innovation journey to date and how our support has propelled her from business acorn to a Fellow of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme 2023.


How AHSNs are helping tackle the NHS workforce challenges through innovation

Following NHS England's recently launched Workforce Plan, AHSN Network Workforce Lead, Charlotte Hall, discusses how innovation can address workforce challenges in the NHS, in our latest blog. Read now. 


  • The Innovate Awards 2023: back for their second year, the Innovate Awards celebrate innovation in health and care.  Thursday 21 September 2023, De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London. Book your tickets
  • HETT Show 2023HETT is the UK's leading health tech and digital health conference event, showcasing world-leading technologies and solutionsThis year’s show will take place between 26-27 September at ExCel London. Register now.


Using the NHS Graduate DDaT Scheme to support your EPR programme
The NHS Graduate Digital Data and Technology Scheme is running a series of bi-weekly webinars for NHS managers to find out how the scheme can support EPR transformation across the country. The next in the series of webinars is Wednesday 16 August ,12pm-1pm. Sign up here

Long Term Conditions Revolution

Organised by AstraZeneca UK Medical and Scientific Affairs, this two-day event will bring UK healthcare professionals together to collaborate and share ideas to transform future healthcare. Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November 2023. Find out more and book here.

New NHS Innovation Service case study

Partners, the NHS Innovation Service have published a new case study, 'Improving outcomes for people needing kidney dialysis' with innovators VasQ. Find out how East Midlands and West Midlands AHSNs supported the innovation.

NHS England Workforce podcast
Yinka Makinde, Director of Digital Workforce at NHS England is joined by Dr Navina Evans, Chief Workforce, Training and Education Officer at NHS England, to discuss the upcoming Digital Workforce Plan and the significant role it will play alongside the newly published NHS Long Term Workforce Plan. Take a listen.

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