AHSNs support the regional ‘import and export’ of healthcare innovation through our Innovation Exchange.
The Innovation Exchange is an AHSN coordinated approach to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations that improve our economy and patients’ lives.
The Innovation Exchange identifies innovations for the Accelerated Access Collaborative and for local adoption. The Accelerated Access Collaborative is a national partnership of organisations including NHS England, Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, NICE, NHS Improvement and the AHSNs.
The Innovation Exchange has four structured elements:
1. Needs definition
2. Innovator support and signposting
3. Real world validation
4. Spread and adoption of supported innovations.
We support our Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to identify proven solutions to existing challenges.
Innovator support and signposting
Innovator support is provided by all AHSNs. The Innovation Pathway sets out the range of service offered. There is a consistent and co-ordinated offer to innovators wherever they are identified in the system.
Real world validation
Real world validation is informed by regional and local need and seeks to provide the information and evidence needed to enable adoption of the innovation in a variety of settings.
Spread and adoption of supported innovations
The Innovation Exchange supports the adoption of innovations identified by the Accelerated Access Collaborative. It also identifies and supports the adoption of innovations on a regional and cross-regional basis.
Funded by the government’s Office for Life Sciences, the Innovative Exchange builds on AHSNs’ unique expertise and cross-sector connections, enabling us to identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to develop, test and spread proven innovation.
The Innovation Exchange in Wessex
In Wessex, we work locally and nationally with other AHSNs to make sure great products, innovations and ideas become visible across the NHS.
A number of options are available, and we use the most appropriate, depending on the phase of the product’s development.
For example, we have published case-studies on the national Atlas of Innovation.
We proactively seek and develop opportunities to showcase innovators. For example at the national NHS Expo, Hampshire Nucleus, or at our own annual stakeholder event. We have a great track record of getting companies air-time, and though that, introductions and progress.
"Wessex AHSN worked hard to get 'my mhealth' to the NHS Expo conference in Manchester, and then worked hard to bring people to the stand and help us network. As a direct result, we have had not only potential new customers but had a new order, which in turn will allow these patients access to their disease specific self management programme 24 hours a day, reducing the burden on the NHS - which is what we’re all working towards!"
Ian Thompson, Strategic Director, 'my mhealth'.
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