Chief Executive Officer
Yorkshire & Humber AHSN
On Wednesday we will be holding our third Innovation, Improvement and Impact Conference and Awards event at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
I’m delighted that we are to be joined on the day by three outstanding key note speakers:
- Sophie Castle-Clarke, Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Digital Programme Lead at the Nuffield Trust.
- Tony Cooke, Chief Officers, Health Partnerships in Leeds and Chief Operating Officer at Leeds Academic Health Partnership.
- Cleveland Henry, Programme Director, Innovations, Digital Futures and Digital Collaboration Service at NHS Digital.
We will also be joined by several National Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Fellows who will talk about their innovations. These exceptional individuals are being supported to scale up their high impact, evidence-based innovations through the NIA.
You will be able to learn more about their work, together with that of other innovative organisations and companies at our Expo, which will be open throughout the day.
Our annual conference provides us with a great opportunity to get together with colleagues from the NHS, academia and industry to celebrate innovation in the region. It also enables us to showcase our achievements and demonstrate how, by working together, we can deliver better healthcare for patients and bring benefits to the region’s health economy.
It is particularly relevant this year as we come to the end of our first five year licence period. The conference will enable us to reflect on all that we have achieved to date whilst looking forward to a positive future as we continue to lead the speeding up of the spread and adoption of innovation across all sections of the health and care service.
Since been set up in 2013, England’s 15 AHSNs have spread over 200 innovations through 11,000 locations, benefitting six million people, creating over 500 jobs and leveraging £330 million investment to improve health and support the NHS, social care and industry innovators.
I am proud of the role we have played to date but, more importantly, I am excited about the work that lies ahead.
The last five years have enabled us to establish the network and expertise needed to drive forward the adoption of innovation at pace and scale. The next five years will really give us the opportunity to take this to another level, bringing benefits to patients and the health economies in which we all work.
I hope you are able to join us on Wednesday 31st January at the Royal Armouries to both celebrate the past and look forward to the future.
There’s still time to register to attend if you haven’t already done so – please use this link.
Our agenda is also now available.