Supporting the response to COVID-19

Now that our partners across the NHS and social care are mobilising at scale in response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the role of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) is to support them by helping them take full advantage of the most relevant innovations and technologies that can improve care for patients and support our services in this challenging context.

Nationally, the AHSN Network is part of a coordinated NHS response to identify and enable the implementation of technologies that respond to areas of highest priority action, in particular solutions for remote consultation and patient monitoring, diagnostics and point-of-care testing.

Similarly, in the regions each AHSN is part of a system-wide approach, led by our regional NHS offices, to support our local health and care organisations – connecting them with potential solutions and offering up the specific operational or clinical skill sets of our teams where relevant. This includes our Patient Safety Collaboratives, who will be adapting their specialist skills towards keeping patients safe in these very demanding environments.

How to get in touch

If you are a company or an innovator with a potential COVID-19 related solution, please contact the relevant national agency direct:

  • Vaccines
    Contact Public Health England: nervtag@phe.gov.uk
  • Ventilators
    Contact the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS): ventilator.support@beis.gov.uk or call 0300 456 3565
  • Innovation and Tech
    Contact NHSX: DNHSX@nhsx.nhs.uk
  • Diagnostics
    Contact Public Health England: coviddiagnostics@phe.gov.uk
  • Techforce19 challenge
    Techforce19 is a new challenge, open to innovative tech companies in this country who will compete to develop accessible digital tools to support people who are staying at home over the coming weeks and months. For more information on the programme and how to apply, visit Techforce19.uk.
    The closing date for applications is Monday 30 March.

If you have any other solutions (not specifically COVID-19 related) that could be useful to the health and care system during this unprecedented time, you can access AHSN advice and support by visiting the Innovation Exchange website.

Regional AHSN support

During this current period of extreme operational pressure, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN will be supporting our colleagues on the frontline and in planning and operations by offering the most appropriate assistance as and when required. This will include supporting the implementation of technology to maximise the use of remote consultations and online guidance, freeing up valuable clinician time and reducing the risk of transmission.

We are working closely with our regional NHS teams to coordinate this support, but if you would like to speak to us, please do get in touch.

If you have any other query or request for support, get in touch with us at info@yhahsn.com.