Supporting Economic Growth

The AHSN NENC has, since its inception, focussed on economic growth by mobilising the assets within the regions Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Universities to attract and grow business.

Economic growth can be driven by ideas and products that arise from within the NHS which have commercial potential and also through the development of products and services by companies through access to NHS expertise and markets. To address this, the AHSN NENC has developed and successfully implemented The Innovation Pathway. The Innovation Pathway articulates the bespoke services that are provided in a cohesive and efficient fashion to NHS organisations and industry.

The Office of Life Sciences has now funded the 15 regional AHSNs to coordinate ‘Innovation Exchanges’ so that innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments and medical technologies reach patients faster.

This funding will help the AHSN NENC and our Innovation Pathway delivery partners to do the following: –

  • Identify priorities and act as honest brokers across sectors to bring people and organisations together
  • Provide the first port of call for information for example, signposting commercial innovators and matching already proven solutions to challenges faced by local NHS organisations
  • Share best practice around health and care organisations, and offer expert advice about how to get transformation and innovation adopted
  • Identify opportunities for patients to take part in trials and pilots
  • Work with health and commercial partners to test out solutions
  • Collaborate as a national network of 15 to identify what is working best locally, and then scale it nationally.

In addition the AHSN NENC has been appointment as the lead AHSN for driving the national Economic Growth agenda.