Unlocking solutions: welcoming new applied health and social care research bodies

Unlocking solutions: welcoming new applied health and social care research bodies
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Academic Health Science Network (AHSN Network) welcomes a new national network focusing on applied health and social care research.

Introducing AHSN Network, the catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole applied health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients. Recently announcing a new national network focusing on applied health and social care research, discover how AHSN Network welcome cutting edge research.

“Undertaking research in line with the needs of local healthcare systems”

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) are based on the same regions as England’s 15 AHSNs and will work closely with them.
Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford AHSN and the AHSNs’ research lead, said: “The new ARCs will be important partners in identifying innovations of value and undertaking research in line with the needs of local healthcare systems.”

A key early joint priority will be responding to a national survey of the NHS’s local innovation and research needs which was published earlier this year.

“Supporting the great minds in health and social care”

Each NIHR ARC will be made up of health and care providers, commissioners, local authorities, universities, industry and charities all working together to address specific health and care issues. They will be formally launched in October and represent a £135 million (~€151 million) investment over the next five years.

Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said: “The UK has a proud history of cutting edge health research and by supporting the great minds in health and social care, this funding has the potential to unlock solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and revolutionise the way patients access treatments in the future.”

More about AHSN Network

AHSN Network are uniquely placed to identify and spread health innovation at pace and scale; driving the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies across large populations.

Everything AHSNs do is driven by improving health and generating economic growth in UK regions. They are the only partnership body that bring together all partners across a regional health economy to improve the health of local communities. AHSN Network have a remit from NHS England to occupy a unique space outside of the usual NHS service contract and performance management structures.

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