Directory for innovators
The AHSN Network can provide you with valuable support in accessing funding opportunities and developing successful partnerships. We lead large regional networks, and our impact rests in our ability to bring people, resources and organisations together, delivering benefits that could not be achieved alone.
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NHS England / NHS Improvement
NHS England and NHS Improvement have come together to lead the National Health Service (NHS) in England. The new single operating model has been designed to support delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local health systems are supported by seven integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage. They make decisions about how best to support and assure performance in their region, as well as supporting system transformation and the development of sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems.
Department of Health and Social Care
Supporting ministers in leading the nation’s health and social care to help people live more independent, healthier lives for longer. DHSC is a ministerial department, supported by 28 agencies and public bodies.
National Institute for Health Research
The nation's largest funder of health and care research. Primarily funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, but also receives UK aid funding to support research for people in low- and middle-income countries. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public to deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people’s lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.
Office for Life Sciences
The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) champions research, innovation and the use of technology to transform health and care service. OLS is part of the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
Supporting and growing the world-leading life sciences ecosystem of the Greater South East of England.
DigitalHealth.London is a programme aiming to speed up the development and scaling of digital innovations across health and care, and pioneer their adoption by the NHS. They match innovators with NHS need, and support them to navigate the health environment.
Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare
SBRI Healthcare is designed to accelerate the development of new technologies that meet the needs of the NHS. The initiative supports a programme of competitions inviting companies to come forward with their ideas and new technologies for known NHS challenges. Ideas are assessed and a fully funded development contract is agreed between the company and the NHS.
Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP)
The ITP aims to remove financial and procurement barriers to support the NHS to adopt innovative medical devices, diagnostics, and digital products. Products need to meet defined criteria to be selected for the ITP.
Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC)
The AAC is the umbrella body across the UK health innovation eco-system, providing more joined-up support for innovators and setting the strategy for innovation in the health system. The AAC supports innovation at all stages across the development pipeline: from research and horizon scanning for innovations that address the population’s needs, to support for adoption and spread of proven innovations.
NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) accelerates uptake of high-impact innovations for patient, population and NHS staff benefit. It also provides real-time practical insights on spread to inform national strategy. The NIA is an NHS England Initiative delivered in partnership with all 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England, hosted at UCLPartners.
Health Tech Connect (HTC)
This is a NICE supported registration service that aims to identify and support medical devices, diagnostic and digital health technologies that offer measurable benefits to patients and/or the UK health and care system. By registering with HTC you can chose to make the full range of AAC partners aware of your innovation.