The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) has today published its Annual Report detailing its impact and successes over the last year and the benefits it is delivering both locally and nationally.
The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN brings together healthcare organisations, industry and academia to improve health outcomes and generate wealth across the local economy.
Highlights in the report include:
- The innovative Huddle Up for Safety Healthcare (HUSH) programme has resulted in the AHSN’s Improvement Academy actively working with trusts across the region, engaging with more than 66 frontline teams across 23 organisations. This programme has delivered an average step change reduction in falls of 50%, preventing 1,354 patients from falling whilst on the ward, delivering better outcomes for patients and saving expense for the trusts.
- The launch of the ground-breaking Health Innovation Exchange Portal, which is attracting national attention. The portal provides a vital platform for NHS staff and industry innovators across the health and care sector to connect and share innovative solutions, projects and products that support the ambition of providing world class care.
- The role the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN played in paving the way to personalised medicine in the region by supporting the successful bid led by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Teach Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC), part of the national 100,000 Genomes Project. The AHSN worked in partnership with the bid leads, the region’s 11 acute trusts and major universities to being this important project to the region.
In addition, the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is:
- Leading a national programme to reduce the number of patients suffering from strokes as a result of Atrial Fibrillation
- Working in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians to deliver a national Mortality Case Note Review programme
- Supporting the roll out of a physical health check tool for patients with a serious mental illness to help reduce early mortality rates
- Supporting the roll out of a Workplace Wellness programme designed to help improve the health of workers primarily in the NHS but also across other public sector and private organisations.
The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN was also one of the founding members of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, supporting 17 fellows with tried and tested innovations. The innovations have now been adopted by 245 NHS providers and commissioners that aim to improve patient care and generated almost £17 million in funding.
Richard Stubbs, interim Managing Director at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “This report shows that we have much to be proud of and demonstrates the progress we have made to improving health service delivery and its cost-effectiveness, as well as supporting both regional and national economic growth.
“We have maintained our clear focus on support members to improve patient outcomes and experience. We will now continue to work hard to ensure our programme of activity both complements the national agenda and also responds to our local members’ needs.”
Professor William Pope, Chairman, added: “We have enjoyed another successful year. We have delivered a range of innovative projects and programmes to support our members in not only providing quality services for patients across the region but also ensuring the best value for money possible.
“The extensive coverage of our members contained in this report demonstrates how the health economy in the region is benefitting from our projects and programmes.”