Below is a timeline showing the history of AHSNs from the day they were recommended in the Innovation, Health and Wealth report in 2011 to the day they became fully implemented in January 2014.

AHSN Timeline

AHSNs fully implemented

January 2014

All 15 contracts returned and signed – England becomes the first country in the world to fully implement a system of Academic Health Science Networks…

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Contracts issued

November 2013

Final contracts were issued to all AHSNs for their ratification and signature in November 2013.

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Business plans submitted

August 2013

All AHSNs submitted a year one business plan. All plans went through a robust assurance process involving primary and secondary review to ensure that all…

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AHSNs sign agreement with NHS England

July 2013

All AHSNs signed a Heads of Terms Agreement with NHS England. This agreement allowed for the release of an initial financial investment from NHS England…

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Academic Health Science Networks announced

May 2013

NHS England confirmed the designation of 15 AHSNs to transform health and healthcare by putting innovation at the heart of the NHS. NHS…

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Applications from prospective AHSNs considered

April 2013

NHS England’s AHSN Designation Panel, led by Sir Alan Langlands, reviewed the applications and made recommendations to the NHS England Board that 15 AHSNs should…

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Expressions of interest invited

June 2012

The Department of Health invited expressions of interest from the NHS and partners to create AHSNs. This invitation outlined a core purpose of enabling the…

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Development of AHSNs recommended

December 2011

The creation of AHSNs in England was recommended in Sir David Nicholson’s December 2011 report Innovation, Health and Wealth. A need was identified…

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