There are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale - improving health and generating economic growth.
As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, we are catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients.
This means we are uniquely placed to identify and spread health innovation at pace and scale; driving the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies across large populations.
Although small organisations – which ensures we remain flexible and responsive to emerging opportunities and challenges – we lead large regional networks - hence our impact rests in our ability to bring people, resources and organisations together quickly, delivering benefits that could not be achieved alone.
The impact we are making is already clear: for example a survey of AHSNs
commissioned by NHS England found that 73% of respondents would recommend working with us.
The Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) has a particular focus on proven innovation which needs support to reach more patients more quickly.
Ours is not a short-term challenge, but as our AHSN Network impact report
demonstrates we are already making a difference for patients and the public, for innovators, for clinicians and for the healthcare system.
Please follow the links below to find out more about how ASHNs are supporting system-wide health transformation.
Map of the 15 AHSNs
Summary of AHSNs’ individual priorities
Other AHSNs across England