Market Research

The AHSN NENC provides access to a valuable source of market information from a wide range of current and secure industry and healthcare-specific data platforms.

We also deliver market research reports, trend analysis and bespoke information to inform and support important strategic and operational decisions regarding innovation development.


If your idea or innovation could benefit from a market research report or other research, please do drop us an email at [email protected]

Trust/Organisation: Multiple

Overview: Several GPs, consultants, Pharmacists and representatives from CCGs across the region were working with an industry partner to explore the potential to provide high concentrations 80% capsaicin pain relief patches within the most appropriate setting. Initial discussions were had to discuss how to best set up and evaluate the options available.

Nick Harrison (AHSN NENC Researcher) was able to support the group by carrying out a market review of capsaicin patches currently available on the market and via prescription, followed by a search of the academic literature and a review of evaluations of the high concentrations patches in question. Upon review of Nicks research, it was established that the new products a safe, effective solution to neuropathic pain, with high patient acceptability.

Trust/Organization: South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS FT

Overview: Approximately 25% of peritoneal dialysis catheters become displaced or migrate from their original position, usually by a horizontal turn. Innovators at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust recognised that there is no equipment or proven method to correct this other than to replace the whole catheter, so have been working on an innovative system to overcome this difficulty.

To support the project, Nick Harrison (AHSN NENC Researcher) produced a report looking at the current situation regarding the securing of peritoneal dialysis catheters, providing statistics to demonstrate the demand for the innovation, exploring the technologies and techniques used at present. A patent search and a review of the academic literature was also provided, all of which informed the next steps for the project.