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Welcoming Health Innovation East, the new name for Eastern AHSN

07/12/2023

Our partner, Eastern AHSN has become Health Innovation East. As of 1 October 2023, the government and NHS England announced their intention to relicense the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) in England as Health Innovation Networks. The initiative was to better reflect their role as the innovation arm of the NHS.

Health Innovation East may have a new name, but its people and purpose remain the same. The organisation upholds the belief that great ideas only make a difference for our health when they are put into practice. The organisation continues to work with [please enter your organisation name here] and other partners to ensure that the best innovations in health and care reach the people, places and problems where they deliver the most benefit. 

As Piers Ricketts, Health Innovation East’s chief executive says:

“We will continue to work closely with our friends and partners in the NHS, the region’s six universities and with the extraordinary variety of life science and tech companies across the East. Under our new name, we will continue to build our impact with a focus on fostering a culture of innovation and tackling health inequalities to address the needs of our region”. 

The Health Innovation Network has benefitted more than 2.3 million patients and generated more than £1.8 billion of investment for the UK economy since 2018.

 

About Health Innovation East 
Health Innovation East (the new name for Eastern AHSN) believes that great ideas only make a difference for our health when they are put into practice. A team of expert advisors, programme leaders and specialist technologists they are passionate about helping the best innovations in health and care reach the people, places and problems where they bring most benefit. Health Innovation East is the regional innovation arm of the NHS, this means that as well as working on technology enabled change programmes alongside NHS clinicians and managers, they also support wider the health and life sciences industry to position products for use across the healthcare system. As part a national Health Innovation Network, Health Innovation East is ideally positioned to help scale up innovations - working collaboratively the network has for example, supported the introduction of new ways of managing cardiovascular disease, enabled children and young people to benefit from better access to therapies for eating disorders, and leveraged well over £1 billion of investment into the UK’s health and life sciences industries.