Celebrating award for healthy ageing initiatives


This has been a great week for the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) as we joined representatives of other northern AHSNs and the Northern Health Science Alliance in Brussels to receive an international award for healthy ageing initiatives in the region.

Chairman Professor William Pope and Interim Managing Director Richard Stubbs led our delegation at the award ceremony to celebrate achieving Reference Site status and a three-star rating for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

We were joined by colleagues from AHSNs in Greater Manchester, North West Coast and the North East and the Northern Health Science Alliance that provided strategic guidance for the bids.

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Pictured left with the award is Dr Stephen Stericker, our Head of Programmes, who led the bid for Reference Site status.



One of the major features highlighted in the successful bid is the electronic Frailty Index (eFI). Read Sarah De-Biase’s blog about the difference the eFI is making in primary care.

The eFI has also been praised by Professor Martin Vernon, the National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Care at NHS England. He said: “Just to add my congratulations to all concerned on the award. NHS England is working hard to promote routine deployment of the eFI in primary care within the next year, which will be especially valuable in addressing the frailty challenge nationally.”

Read Prof Vernon’s blog on the importance of diagnosing frailty here

Examples of Healthy Ageing initiatives across Europe can be found in the EIP AHA Repository