Nicola Bent

Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Innovation Adoption

Nicola joined the AHSN in April 2020 from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), where she was Deputy Director of Health and Social Care and Programme Director for System Engagement.

Nicola is a registered pharmacist, who has over 20 years’ experience in health and social care, working in senior roles at national, regional and local level on implementation, quality improvement, strategy and transformational change, medicines optimisation and patient safety, and cross sector partnership working.


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Currently working on...

Healthy Ageing

The Healthy Ageing Programme builds on the strengths of existing Wessex AHSN programmes to provide a cross cutting approac... Find out more >

Medicines Optimisation

Wessex Academic Health Science Network (WAHSN) is the national lead for the AHSNs’ Medicines Optimisation (MO) Programme a... Find out more >

Mental Health

Experiencing poor mental health can cause distress and major disruption to an individual, their family, and friends.  Es... Find out more >

Nationally Prioritised Innovations

A key role of Wessex AHSN is supporting the spread and adoption of innovation. The aim of the Nationally Prioritised Innov... Find out more >

Patient Safety Collaborative

Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) is one of England’s 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs), which play an essen... Find out more >

Primary Care Innovations

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 >