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The Innovation Exchange

All AHSNs support the regional ‘import and export’ of healthcare innovation through an Innovation Exchange. Access the Oxford AHSN Innovation Exchange here.

The Innovation Exchange is a co-ordinated approach by England’s 15 AHSNs to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations that improve our economy and patients’ lives. It has four structured elements:

1. Needs definition

We support our Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to identify proven solutions to existing challenges.

2. Innovator support and signposting

Innovator support is provided by all AHSNs. The Innovation Pathway sets out the range of service offered.  There is a consistent and co-ordinated offer to innovators wherever they are identified in the system.

3. Real world validation

Real world validation is informed by regional and local need and seeks to provide the information and evidence needed to enable adoption of the innovation in a variety of settings.

4. Spread and adoption of supported innovations

The Innovation Exchange supports the adoption of innovations identified by the Accelerated Access Collaborative. It also identifies and supports the adoption of innovations on a regional and cross-regional basis.

Funded by the Government’s Office for Life Sciences, the Innovative Exchange builds on AHSNs’ unique expertise and cross-sector connections, enabling us to identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to develop, test and spread proven innovation.