It is clear that adopting innovation at pace was key to the pandemic response, supporting trusts and commissioners to respond to the challenges faced. Rapid evidence-gathering, alongside an understanding of the solutions available, was fundamental to delivering necessary changes quickly.
Relationships were crucial in brokering support and breaking down organisational barriers and AHSNs were able to draw on their pre-existing relationships to support the response. Our ability as AHSNs to flex, and act quickly, as well as drawing upon our established networks and knowledge of available innovations supported the spread of innovation at pace and scale.
We should now maintain the flexible approach that enabled such changes and capitalise on the strong connections across organisations to ensure innovations can continue to support health and care to respond to its greatest challenges.