The AHSN Network
In May 2013, England became the first country in the world to create a nationwide system integrating the work of healthcare, academia and industry: the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). The AHSNs have a unique opportunity to align: education, clinical research, informatics, innovation and healthcare delivery in support of economic growth.
There are 15 AHSNs across England. Their activity is focused on two interrelated imperatives: improving population health and generating economic growth in our regions. AHSNs have also been established to deliver a step-change in the way healthcare providers identify, develop, adopt and spread new technologies.
Each AHSN is charged with:
- Improving patient and population health outcomes through the translation of research into practice, and developing and implementing integrated healthcare services.
- Facilitating partnership working, bringing together NHS commissioners and providers, academia and industry. The AHSNs are uniquely placed to support the NHS in increasing its contribution to the economy.
The AHSNs have collectively identified a range of different programmes across a range of clinical, service design, health outcome and economic growth platforms.
There are strong local determinants of needs and priorities and the AHSN priorities matrix captures indicative areas of activity in each region.
Increasingly AHSNs are working together between regions, sharing resources and helping to facilitate the embedding of innovation and best practice across England.