Wessex Academic Health Science Network identifies, grows and spreads innovation at pace and scale into the NHS; improving health using academic expertise and generating economic growth across Wessex.
Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) are member led organisations within the NHS. There are 15 AHSNs in England with the unified aim of bringing together health services, academia and industry to promote and support innovation to improve patient outcomes and generate economic benefits. AHSNs connect horizontally across research, industries, commissioners, providers and users; and network vertically between policy formulation, system design, operational coal-face and end-user experience. That role takes us across all parts of the NHS, into industry, local government and other public agencies, into universities, charities, start-ups, and into funders. And up and down the system; from the role of the GP receptionist in improvement and innovation; to dialogue with policy makers and regulators about refining system design to support adoption and spread of innovation.
Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) covers Hampshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight and South Wiltshire. We are in a prime location; 10% of the workforce in Wessex is employed in the health economy and boasts over 250 life science companies. The region's population of three million is served by 10 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), nine local authorities, 11 NHS Trusts and five universities. We are a small organisation making a big impact, ensuring we remain flexible and responsive to emerging opportunities and challenges. We develop projects, programmes and initiatives that reflect the diversity of our local populations and healthcare challenges plus increasingly work together as a single national network to lead large regional programmes.
Spread healthcare innovations to other AHSNs in England
People directly involved with or treated by our healthcare programmes
Worth of healthcare grants for out members