AHSNs enable the most effective digital solutions to reach more patients more quickly. We work with patients, industry and the health and care sector to make this happen.

New technology is key to making the NHS the world’s most advanced healthcare system. Harnessing the growing power of digital and AI solutions is fundamental to the ambition of the NHS’s Long Term Plan to transform health and social care, improve treatment and deliver better care for patients.

All AHSNs work with their local Sustainable Transformation Partnerships (STPs), Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and member organisations to understand needs and increase the uptake of digital health solutions.

By working with innovators to speed up access, this support ensures that thousands of people benefit from the latest technologies to improve their health and that high potential companies grow faster, supporting economic growth across the country.

AHSNs offer a number of structured programmes of support, digital health accelerators and incubators.

Digital health accelerators and incubators

A number of AHSNs deliver dedicated digital health accelerator programmes and incubators to support high potential small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to develop and deploy solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the NHS. This helps to ensure that patients are able to benefit from innovative digital health solutions faster.

These schemes are delivered by regional AHSNs so they meet specific needs within their local health and care footprint.

Contact your local AHSN to find out more.

NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)

Alongside NHS England, the AHSN Network delivers the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA). The NIA supports exceptional individuals (‘Fellows’) with a passion for and commitment to scaling their innovations for greater patient and population benefit, and for sharing their learning, insight and expertise widely. Fellows can be clinicians, academics, from industry (SMEs or large corporates), or from charitable and not-for-profit organisations. Find out more.

Funding initiatives

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