Innovation Exchange Portal

AHSNs support the regional ‘import and export’ of healthcare innovation through our Innovation Exchange

The Innovation Exchange is an AHSN coordinated approach to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations that improve our economy and patients’ lives.

The Innovation Exchange identifies innovations for the Accelerated Access Collaborative and for local adoption. The Accelerated Access Collaborative is a national partnership of organisations including NHS England, Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, NICE, NHS Improvement and the AHSNs.

The Innovation Exchange has four structured elements:

  1. Needs definition
  2. Innovator support and signposting
  3. Real world validation
  4. Spread and adoption of supported innovations

Needs definition

We support our Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to identify proven solutions to existing challenges.

Innovator support and signposting

Innovator support is provided by all AHSNs. The Innovation Pathway sets out the range of service offered There is a consistent and coordinated offer to innovators wherever they are identified in the system.

Real world validation

Real world validation is informed by regional and local need and seeks to provide the information and evidence needed to enable adoption of the innovation in a variety of settings.

Spread and adoption of supported innovations

The Innovation Exchange supported the adoption of innovations identified by the Accelerated Access Collaborative. It also identifies and supports the adoption of innovations on a regional and cross-regional basis.

Funded by the Government’s Office for Life Sciences, the Innovation Exchange builds on AHSNs’ unique expertise and cross-sector connections, enabling us to identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to develop, test and spread proven innovation.

The Yorkshire & Humber and Innovation Agency (North West Coast) AHSNs have merged their Innovation Exchanges together to create a critical mass across the north of England. As a result, innovations added to the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Health Innovation Exchange portal are visible on The Innovation Agency’s portal, and vice versa.

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