The UK is home to many great innovators and products which can simultaneously improve patient outcomes, generate savings and improve Value for Money (VFM) for the NHS, economic growth and high tech jobs. We work closely with clinical or commercial innovators and SMEs to help realise these three opportunities simultaneously.
Innovation can come in many forms from new technologies to new ways of working. The United Kingdom is a richly diverse landscape bringing together people with different backgrounds, outlooks and ideas to meet challenges in our healthcare system.
Some of the innovators we work with are clinicians themselves from GPs and consultants to nurses pharmacists. Some come from other fields such as academia or business. Regardless of background, all innovators share a passion for addressing the challenges faced in our healthcare environment and improving the way things are done.
The Industry and Innovation team and Wessex AHSN as a whole work with innovators at any stage of their journey. From early ideas jotted on the back on an envelope through to licensed products with existing NHS sales we have a range of services and offerings to innovators no matter what stage they are on in their journey. Aligning to the Innovation Pathway
, we have a track record of helping innovators to help patients faster.
Our support is tailored to what each innovator needs and we work with our partners to try to;
- Understand the needs of the wider NHS system and what innovations might be successfully adopted
- Make connections between people and organisations matching innovators to areas of need
- Share best practice across healthcare organisations
- Identify locations and people to participate in trials, pilots and evaluations
- Work with our colleagues across the other 14 AHSNs in England for regional projects
Through support from our local members (NHS England
, the Office for Life Science
(OLS) and a grant from the European Structural Integration Fund
(ESIF)) we are able to offer our support without charge. Our aim is to to speed the rate at which patients get better treatment, to help the NHS gets better value for money and to grow the UK Health Sector economy.
If you have an innovation or an idea that you'd like support with then please click here
to get in touch.