Realise the potential of your ideas
Whether you’re a healthtech company practised at developing health innovation, or a clinician in the NHS who has discovered newfound best practice, we can champion you to:
From conception to mass adoption, we’re here to support you
For early-stage innovations
If you’re at the beginning of your innovation journey, we can give you guidance on any gaps in your value proposition or evidence base, and help you to create a proof-of-concept prototype.
Most importantly, we’re here to offer advice on the complexities of the health and care sector, and guide you on how your innovations can best weave in to improve them.
For advanced, pre-commercial stage innovations
When you’re fast approaching the stage of releasing your innovation out into the world, we can help with developing your value proposition, impact modelling, health economics and brokering connections with health and care experts.
When you’re ready to go to market, we’ll be here to support with real-world evaluations, roll-out and adoption.
A connected ‘network of networks’ providing:
- Help to navigate the NHS
- Signposting to resources
- Market access studies and research
- Help with value proposition development
- Real-world impact evaluation
- Health economic reports
- Implementation support for adopting organisations
- Grant funding opportunities
- Product development
Our innovator offer
All AHSNs have a universal offer to support innovators, which consists of the following:
- Review innovations and respond
- Assessment and triage
- Advise, guide and signpost innovators
- Develop health and care understanding
To find out more about how AHSNs work with innovators, read our innovator offer booklet.
Read our case studies to find out more about innovations that AHSNs have supported.
Initiatives for innovators
We support a number of initiatives that can benefit innovators.
NHS Innovation Service
Led by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), the NHS Innovation Service acts as a catalyst for the development and spread of impactful innovations into the NHS. It’s a useful tool for innovators, explaining the required standards and evidence, plus the NHS procurement and reimbursement processes.
Innovators can use the service to access personalised support from all 15 AHSNs, plus national support organisations including:
- NHS Supply Chain
SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) Healthcare
SBRI Healthcare releases regular funding competitions in partnership with organisations, including the AHSN Network.
NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)
The NIA recruits and provides support to individuals or companies who display promising solutions to NHS challenges.
NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme
The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme encourages healthcare staff to develop the commercial skills, knowledge and experience needed for successful spread of innovation.
If you’re an innovator developing an idea to benefit health and social care, read our series of guides on how to get your innovation noticed.
Find your local AHSN
Use our postcode finder to locate your nearest AHSN. They can advise you on funding applications and signpost you to other AHSNs as your innovation develops.
Alternatively, access support from your regional AHSN by completing our company engagement form. This will give us the information we need to direct our support effectively.
These terms and conditions set out what innovators can expect from working with the Academic Health Science Networks.