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.

Atrial Fibrillation: Detect, Perfect, Protect

Over the past year, the programme has seen fantastic engagement and results in its work to reduce stroke across Wessex thr... 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 >

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 >


Wessex AHSN have been key partners in the establishing of Bournemouth University Orthopaedic Research Institute (BUORI). F... 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 >

Medicines Optimisation

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

Mental Health

Psychosis is a severe mental illness. It frequently causes distress and major disruption to a person and their family.  It... Find out more >


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


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

Digital Health

We are surrounded by a host of technologies that have enabled many businesses and public sector organisations to transfo... 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

The Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSC) are part of NHS England’s response to Professor Don Berwick’s report, following the failings... Find out more >

NHS Test Beds & Vanguards

Test Beds: NHS England launched a Test Beds Programme in 2015 following on from the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View.Th... Find out more >

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Join us for the Southampton Innovation Forum: 16 May Co-hosted by Wessex AHSN and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, the forum is designed to support the development of innovative t...

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