Academic Health Science Network
Further to the Innovation, Health and Wealth Report published in December 2011, the Department of Health created 15 regional Academic Health Science Networks to identify, adopt and disseminate innovative healthcare in the NHS.
The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) is dedicated to improving healthcare, driving wealth creation and promoting research participation across the region.
By working in partnership with our Core Member Organisations, comprising the regional NHS Foundation Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Universities and a wide range of other stakeholders including companies, charities and Local Authorities, we work to ensure that areas of best practice and innovation are identified and disseminated, at pace and scale, regionally and nationally.
The AHSN NENC has already embarked on a number of programmes of work, as follows: -
• Almost £1m invested in partnerships with local SMEs to drive growth
• Secured an additional £600k ERDF funding to provide bespoke support to SMEs
• Significant investment in University and Trust Technology transfer programmes and an NHS Innovation Scout Scheme
• Provision of £2m funding for projects designed to disseminate best practice and make a demonstrable impact on health outcomes
• Established a comprehensive programme of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement activities
• Secured significant matched funding for investments from partner organisations such as Health Education North East, the NIHR Clinical Research Network, the Strategic Clinical Networks and the Local Area Teams