Our Mission

Transform lives through innovation

Our Vision

To improve the health and prosperity of our region by unlocking the potential of new ideas

What we do

Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is one of 15 AHSNs set up by NHS England in 2013 and relicensed from April 2018 to operate as the key innovation arm of the NHS.

Our strength lies in our ability to operate locally because of the trust our member organisations have in us. We understand the needs of our health systems and are well placed to broker innovative solutions, while collaborating with AHSNs across England to take what works best and quickly spread it nationally.

  • We are catalysts for innovation, helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies – to improve health, drive down the cost of care and stimulate economic growth.
  • We connect regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector, industry and citizens – responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration.
  • We create the right environment for relevant industries and innovators to work more effectively with the health and social care ecosystem.
  • We are collaborators – we identify successful innovations in our local and regional communities and support the spread of these across our national Network at pace and scale.

How we work

AHSNs work locally and benefit from being part of a national network.

Each AHSN is embedded in its regional health and care community, understanding the system and patient needs on the ground. We develop projects, programmes and initiatives that reflect the diversity of our local populations and healthcare challenges.

Each AHSN is also part of the national AHSN Network, linked into a unique collaboration of expertise and experience, sharing learning, pooling intelligence and benefitting from a pipeline of emerging and proven solutions from around the country.

Key Aims & Benefits

In addition, we work collaboratively as an AHSN Network to:

  • Support clinical and commercial innovators
  • Support the NHS England Test Beds
  • Develop and deliver a national wound care strategy

Unique role and dramatic impact of AHSNs

The AHSN Network is proud to present a new video showcasing the unique role and wide-ranging impact of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) It sums up how the AHSN Network is enabling the faster spread and adoption of innovation into the NHS in England. Find out more at the national AHSN website  Visit the NHS England website pages about AHSNs

Useful Documents


2019-2020 Documents

2018 Documents

2017/18 Documents

2016/17 Documents

2015/16 Documents

Our Team