There are a number of national adoption and spread programmes that all AHSNs are working to deliver in their region.

Three national programmes selected for spread from 2020 include:


New national programmes selected for spread from 2022 include:


Previous national adoption and spread programmes

Our national programmes from 2018-2020, some of which are being continued by some AHSNs, were:


There are also several other national programmes and areas of work that are delivered by all AHSNs or nationally, including:

Innovation Exchanges

With funding from the Government’s Office for Life Sciences (OLS), all AHSNs are operating Innovation Exchanges. These build on AHSNs’ unique cross-sector connections, which enable us to identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to develop, test and spread solutions. Read more here.

Patient safety

Patient safety is a central priority and guiding principle for all AHSNs. It is the lens through which we look and is embedded in all we do across an inter-connected landscape that aims to improve the safety of services for all users of the health and care system.

England’s 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) play an essential role in identifying and spreading safer care initiatives from within the NHS and industry, ensuring these are shared and implemented throughout the system. Read more here.

NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme (NIPP)

The NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme (NIPP) aims is to accelerate the evaluation and implementation of promising innovations which support post-pandemic ways of working, build service resilience and deliver benefits to patients. AHSNs and ARCs will work in partnership on projects selected within four priority areas to generate insights that will be of value to ICSs. Find out more.

Innovation Collaborative

NHS England is partnering with the AHSN Network and regional teams across England to develop the Innovation Collaborative, a shared learning network that supports rapid deployment of innovative technologies that enable care to be delivered to people at home.

NHS England is supporting the regions in this work through the allocation of funding to undertake scaling of digital tools at pace. These digital tools are an important step in making sure we deliver modern, responsive health and care services. They will empower people to monitor their own health, wellbeing; manage long term conditions; and receive care in their own homes when it is sensible and safe to do so. Find out more.

National Wound Care Strategy Programme

NHS England and NHS Improvement have commissioned the AHSN Network to develop and deliver a National Wound Care Strategy Programme for England. Find out more here.