Saving lives and helping to create sustainable health and care: Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) demonstrate collective impact

16th June 2016

The AHSN Network 2016 Impact Report has now been published. The report demonstrates the impact that AHSNs have made collectively to address gaps in health and wellbeing; care and quality; and finance and efficiency as outlined in the Five Year Forward View. The 15 AHSNs in England have a clear remit to connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, third sector and industry to help create the right conditions to improve health and generate economic growth. They achieve this by, for example, creating partnerships that enable a faster and greater spread of innovation and by fostering opportunities for industry to work effectively with the NHS.

Highlights of the collective impact made in 2015/16 by the AHSN Network are:

  • 3 million more patients benefiting from innovation through the NHS Innovation Accelerator
  • 365 strokes prevented; saving lives, reducing disability and saving almost £8.5m to the NHS and social care
  • 33,000 more patients are self-managing conditions through the use of Flo Simple Telehealth
  • 500 new products or services introduced to the NHS
  • £20 million funding for small businesses to develop innovative products via SBRI Healthcare

The report reveals the depth and breadth of the work both by individual AHSNs and as collaborations to address issues of national importance. The following examples demonstrate how individual AHSNs have actively shared outcomes and methodologies to expand for the greater benefit of whole populations.

Please visit the AHSN Network website for the full press release.