What is the Innovation Exchange?

The AHSN Network Innovation Exchange is designed to help innovators understand what the NHS challenges are and connect innovators to the help they need.

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The Innovation Exchange is an AHSN-coordinated approach to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations which have the potential to transform the lives of patients and support growth of the businesses we work with.

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. 

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How can it help you?

The Innovation Exchange has four structured elements:

  1. Defining needs

We support our local NHS partners – clinical and managerial – to understand the needs they have that could respond to innovation, then we communicate these needs to industry in a way that encourages the most effective response.  We also support our local NHS partners to identify proven solutions to existing challenges.

  1. Innovator support and signposting

Innovator support is provided by every AHSN. To help innovators progress from idea to uptake, the Innovation Pathway sets out the range of services that AHSNs offer to support industry in their journey. Not all the services are provided by every AHSN, but innovators will be directed to the best place for the assistance they need.

  1. Real world validation

Innovations that need real world validation are tested and evaluated in local systems.  This enables the AHSNs and the innovators to understand evidence and information needed to accelerate the adoption of innovation in a variety of settings.  The AHSNs are developing a consistent approach to real world validation – but some local variation is inevitable as the NHS has multiple delivery approaches.

  1. Spread and adoption of supported innovations

The AHSN Network supports adoption of innovations identified by the Accelerated Access Collaborative and those that the AHSNs identify for national spread. It also identifies and supports the adoption of innovations on a regional and cross-regional basis. 


How do I get started?

Register with your local AHSN by filling in the company registration form

Who is the Innovation Exchange?

England’s 15 AHSNs were set up by NHS England and the Office of Life Science as the innovation arm of the NHS. Each AHSN is responsible for their regional Innovation Exchange.

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