This website is for everyone involved with or with an interest in the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN). We welcome your feedback and contributions, and we’d particularly like your ideas about how your AHSN should develop. Do you have a question or comment? Use the “contact us” facility to raise it, and we’ll get back to you.
The NWC AHSN covers all NHS organisations in Merseyside, South Cumbria, and most of Cheshire and Lancashire. Read more here
Academic Health Science Networks are based on the premise that the NHS “... needs a stronger relationship with the scientific and academic communities and industry to develop solutions to health care problems and get existing solutions spread at pace and scale in the NHS.”
AHSNs are NHS led Networks with universal participation by all NHS organisations within their “footprint” - including Clinical Commissioning Groups, providers of primary, community, secondary and tertiary NHS services, with very close links to universities, industry and other organisations and partners. But they are not academically led, in spite of their title.
The purpose of the 15 AHSNs is to accelerate the pace of innovation at scale. “Innovation” in this context means the application of proven health technologies and interventions, (rather than, say, the research processes that give rise to new discoveries). “Innovation” includes, but is not restricted to technologically driven new improvements in medicines and medical devices, but also covers all clinical interventions, and every health care setting.