The AHSN Network’s presence at Health and Care Innovation Expo on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September at Manchester Central will be bigger and better than ever before – offering a great opportunity to network with AHSN colleagues, partners and innovators from across the country and to hear more about how we’re driving the spread of health innovation across the NHS.

Our stand will see the return of our very popular cycling barista, as well as device charging, genius bar and networking areas.

Join us for talks and workshops in the AHSN Fringe (Exchange 9) on Wednesday and there will be a packed programme of presentations on both days in our mini theatre on the stand. Look out too for the launch of a number of new AHSN Network publications, including our patient safety plan, diversity in innovation and care homes reports, and latest edition of The Innovators magazine, showcasing healthcare products and services we’ve supported.

Download our Expo flyer here.


The boosted Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC): getting the best new treatments to patients quicker
Wednesday 4 September, Main Stage – The Forum, 3-4pm

The AAC brings together government, the NHS and regulators to remove barriers to adoption of innovation in the NHS, delivering high-value innovations to patients more quickly, supporting innovators and promoting economic growth. This session will describe the Collaborative’s vision and priorities, describing what can and has been delivered when partners come together.

Chaired by Lord Prior, Chair of NHS England and led by Sam Roberts, CEO of the AAC, and Haseeb Ahmad, President of the ABPI. With Piers Ricketts, Chair of the AHSN Network; Dr Karen Luyt, Clinical Lead for PReCePT; Julia Newton, Deputy Medical Director of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Accelerating the adoption and spread of innovation to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan
Wednesday 4 September, Theatre 3, 11:45am-1:15pm

Whilst always being innovative and adaptable, the NHS has historically struggled to achieve large-scale change across the whole system. In this session it will discuss the role of innovation in transforming our services and empowering patients and will aim to understand how we can reduce the current barriers to the adoption of best practice within the NHS.

Chaired by Richard Stubbs, CEO, Yorkshire and Humber AHSN and NHS Assembly Member

How to generate real-world evidence that demonstrates the value of your innovation
Thursday 5 September, Pop Up University 2, 1:15-2:15pm

Find out how the AHSN Network can help you to build the real-world evidence you’ll need to demonstrate the value of your innovation. Hear from other innovators we’ve worked with about some of the techniques and processes you’ll need to make your innovation deliver transformational change in the NHS.

Fringe Theatre

We’re running a packed programme of sessions in our Fringe Theatre in Exchange 9 on Wednesday 4 September, which includes the launch of the AHSN Network’s new patient safety plan and our diversity in innovation report. View the full schedule here.

Mini Theatre

A rolling programme of talks will take place on the AHSN Network on both days of Expo:

Wednesday 4 September

  • 10:15-10:45am
    How the Digital Health Accelerators are helping businesses access the NHS
    Anna King, Commercial Director, Health Innovation Network and Sara Nelson, Programme Director, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator
  • 11-11:30am
    The SBRI Healthcare Programme – accelerating the development of new technologies and improving patient care
    Raffaella Roncone, SBRI Healthcare Implementation Lead; Elliot Street, CEO Inovus Medical; Andy Cairns, Programme Manager (Commercial), Innovation Agency
  • 11:45am-12:15pm
    Supporting faster take-up of high impact innovations: how the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) can help you
    Laura Boyd, Deputy Director, NIA; Katherine Ward, NIA Fellow,; Jimmy Endicott, NIA Fellow, ChatHealth
  • 12:30-1pm
    PReCePT: protecting preterm babies from cerebral palsy
    Dr Karen Luyt, Consultant Neonatologies, University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and AHSN Network Clinical Lead for PReCePT
  • 4:15-4:45pm
    Innovation in quality improvement: Emergency Laparotomy – a case study in spreading best practice nationally
    Peter Carpenter, Service Delivery Director, Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN; Jo Wookey, Senior Programme Manager, Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN

Thursday 5 September

  • 9:30-10am
    Supporting faster take up of high impact innovations: how the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) can help you
    Laura Boyd, Deputy Director, NIA; Liz Ashall-Payne, NIA Fellow, ORCHA; Amy Manning, NIA Fellow, S12 Solutions
  • 10:15-10:45am
    Patient safety in partnership – the AHSN Network’s plan for a safer future
    Natasha Swinscoe, CEO West of England AHSN; Cheryl Crocker, AHSN Network Patient Safety Director
  • 11-11:30am
    The SBRI Healthcare Programme – accelerating the development of new technologies and improving patient care
    Ian Newington, Head of Special Projects; Raffaella Roncone, SBRI Healthcare Implementation Lead
  • 12:30-1pm
    ESCAPE-pain to the country – sunny Famous Five story or Grimm fairy tale?
    Professor Mike Hurley, Clinical Director MSK Programme, Health Innovation Network
  • 1:15-1:45
    Clinical Entrepreneurs
    Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Director for Innovation, NHS England
  • 2-2:30pm
    The national AHSN Network AF programme – working together to reduce AF-related strokes
    Faye Edwards, National AHSN Network AF Programme Manager

Download our Expo flyer here.

The Innovation Exchange: meet the innovators

30 innovator companies will be exhibiting in the AHSN Network’s Innovation Exchange zone. Come and meet their representatives to find out how the AHSNs are helping them develop, test and spread their healthcare products and services. We’ll also be launching our new Innovation Exchange digital gateway at Expo, streamlining access to vital support from teams of experts across the country.

  • Brain in Hand
  • ChatHealth
  • Coordinate My Care
  • Dermicus
  • Doc Abode
  • Droplet
  • Echo
  • FH Intuition
  • Good Boost
  • hyvr
  • Health Navigator
  • io
  • Health2Works
  • Malinko
  • Meantime IT
  • Med Engine
  • Medicspot
  • My Diabetes My Way
  • Oncimmune
  • S12 Solutions
  • Safe Steps
  • SHREWD/WaitLess
  • Simple Telehealth
  • Skin Analytics
  • SkinVision
  • Sleepstation
  • Substrakt Health
  • Tookie
  • Virti

Book your ticket

Tickets for Expo are available to book online and complimentary tickets are available to NHS, local government and wider public sector staff.

Download our Expo flyer here.