Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)
What are Academic Health Science Networks?
There are 15 regional AHSNs across England, connecting the existing health-related regional networks:
- the NHS
- academic organisations
- local authorities
- the third sector
Through partnership, AHSNs respond to the diverse needs of patients and populations. They spread innovation, improve health and generate economic growth. Importantly for ABHI, they create a good environment for industry to work with the health and social care system.
We have formalised our relationships with the Academic Health Science Networks in several ways:
- The ABHI Code of Business received endorsement from the AHSN Network
- We agreed four joint work programmes
- Improving Members’ engagement with individual networks
- Formalising joint-working
- Improving patient safety
- Ensuring AHSNs’ long-term sustainability.
- We have devised a joint programme of regional events. These aim to reach the wider MedTech community, helping our Members explore different approaches to improving commercial relationships with the NHS.
- Working with AHSNs and other partners such as the Office for Life Sciences, NICE and the Department for Health, we have supported the Carter Review, by identifying technologies that show how the smart use of medical technologies delivers efficient, high quality healthcare in the NHS.
AHSN website addresses:
Eastern (East of England except southern areas of Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, which have established relationships with UCLPartners)
Imperial College Health Partners (north west London)
Kent Surrey & Sussex
North East & North Cumbria
Innovation Agency (Cheshire, Merseyside, South Cumbria and Lancashire)
Health Innovation Network (south London)
UCLPartners (north east and north central London, south and west Hertfordshire, south Bedfordshire and south west and mid Essex)
West of England
Yorkshire & Humber