What We Do

Our programmes

Wessex AHSN speeds innovation across the region’s health system to create a healthier population and a thriving economy. Our programmes drive research into practice to address local health and social care priorities through partnership, collaboration, investment and support.

Primary care demonstrator sites

There is no shortage of innovation in the NHS, but too often innovations do not have the reach or impact that would be exp... Find out more >

Spreading Innovations

The AHSN Spread programme has been created from the innovation and best practice which offer significant benefit in healt... Find out more >

Industry and Innovation

The UK is a hotbed of great innovators and products which can simultaneously improve patient outcomes, generate savings a... Find out more >

Wessex International Healthcare Consortium (WIHC)

We know the NHS is viewed around the world as the leader in healthcare quality, standards and innovation, and here in Wess... Find out more >


Over 41,000 people in Wessex have dementia and numbers are predicted to double by 2050. It is the biggest health issue we ... Find out more >

Endoscopy Capacity Planning

Our Centre for Implementation Science is looking at ways to reduce the number of bowel cancer patients who present as emer... Find out more >

Atrial Fibrillation: Detect, Perfect, Protect

The Atrial fibrillation programme has 3 aims.  To detect AF;  to perfect treatment of patients with AF and; to protect peo... Find out more >

Medicines Optimisation

This programme aims to help patients get the maximum benefit from their medicines and reduce waste.Our projects have the P... Find out more >

Mental Health

Good mental health is fundamental to our general health and well-being. Experiencing poor mental health can cause distress... Find out more >


The focus for the Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) Nutrition in Older People Programme is malnutrition (under... Find out more >


Wessex AHSN programme managers have been involved in projects sponsored by Health Education England (Wessex) and the Wesse... Find out more >


The Wessex AHSN Respiratory Quality Improvement Programme is working to improve the respiratory health of patients in the ... Find out more >

Digital Health

We are surrounded by a host of technologies that have enabled many businesses and public sector organisations to transform... Find out more >

Reducing Harm from Alcohol

We are drinking too much alcohol and it's making us ill. Alcohol is the most common cause of death in men younger than 54 ... Find out more >

Innovation Evaluations

We have the in-house skills and capabilities to fully evaluate healthcare innovations. We are currently evaluating the Hap... Find out more >

National Programmes

Innovation and Technology Tariff

The commitment to create a new Innovation and Technology Tariff was announced by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens in June. ... Find out more >


Genomics and genetics will impact patients with certain cancers or rare diseases. In Wessex there are around 16,500 new cases of can... Find out more >

Patient Safety Collaborative

Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) is one of a network of 15 Regional Collaboratives established to work together to build a ... Find out more >

NHS Vanguards

The programme plans to support 5 to 7 test bed sites across England over the next 2 to 3 years.  Vanguards: In January 2015, the NHS... Find out more >

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We work with partners in the NHS, private healthcare, small companies, large industry and academic bodies to improve the health of patients and grow our regional economy.

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