The Department of Health has invited local NHS organisations and universities to form Academic Health Science Networks (ASHNs) and link up with local industry and charities to help foster innovation within the NHS and health-related sectors. It’s hoped these will spread best practice and innovations quickly across the country and in doing so, drive economic growth and improve patient care. The plans come out of Sir David Nicholson’s recommendations on NHS innovation made back in December. Expressions of interest are being sought (20 July deadline) and the first networks are hoped to go live in 2012/13.
The NHS is often described as a poor adopter of innovation. Sir David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, published his recommendations aimed at improving innovation and uptake in the NHS back in December (we blogged about it here). In that report he identified Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs
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