AHSN Network Chair Dr Séamus O’Neill has written to Lord O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health, to express thanks for his support of the health and care innovation agenda over the last two years, following the announcement that he is to step down from his role at the end of this month.
The Health Minister led on policy areas including life sciences, industry engagement, industrial strategy and NHS innovation and was a keen advocate of Academic Health Science Networks and their role in the transformation of health and care services. He has been a passionate supporter of scaling innovative practice and proven solutions in the NHS, making the most of digital opportunities and creating stronger support for British innovators in healthcare. This mission has aligned strongly with the work of the AHSN Network and he has spent a good deal of time with a wide number of AHSN chief executives, including in round table discussions on data and innovation.
Lord O’Shaughnessy was hosted by the AHSN Network at the NHS Expo in Manchester earlier this year where he was introduced to innovators and entrepreneurs supported by AHSNs across the country to roll out medtech and digital solutions addressing key health and care challenges. The industry and cross-sector partners he met over the two-day event were delighted with the level of interest and knowledge he displayed, as well as his enthusiasm for the innovative approaches presented.
Chair of the AHSN Network, Seamus O’Neill, said: “We really appreciate the work that Lord O’Shaughnessy has done and the vision he has brought to the role. He has been a highly effective advocate for innovation across health and care. His understanding of the benefits to both the care system and the economy of effective working with industry has had a very positive effect on our joint working.”
Richard Stubbs, CEO at Yorkshire and Humber AHSN added: “His support of our technology and innovation agenda has been incredibly appreciated, and he will be sorely missed. AHSNs will seek to build on the transformation in health and life sciences that he has so passionately championed.”
Lord O’Shaughnessy’s successor will be announced in the coming days. For more information on AHSN projects visit www.atlas.ahsnnetwork.com
A copy of the letter sent to Lord O’Shaughnessy is available here.