About the South West Innovation Exchange
We collaborate with the NHS, academia, enterprises, charities, and industry to support creative, innovative solutions which improve lives, quality of care, patient safety, and efficiency in the way care is provided.
Here at the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN), we focus on improving health and care for people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset in the UK. We work with individuals and organisations who have innovative solutions – such as services, products, or new processes – which can be used to improve the NHS and care systems. We also work with early-stage innovators who have an idea that might require time and resource to reach the market.
Innovation Exchange opportunities
Spread Academy: We hosted our very first Spread Academy in collaboration with the Billions Institute in March 2019. The academy is designed to equip change leaders with the skills and confidence they need to unleash large-scale change. A second Spread Academy is due to be held in autumn 2019. Visit swahsn.com/spread-academy.
Bridging the Gap 3 (AHSN Network), 4 June 2019: If you have a new innovation for use in the NHS or you need some support to scale up, this event features a range of talks, workshops, 1 to 1 advice sessions and unique networking opportunities to support you to navigate the innovation landscape. Register here.
Venturefest South West, 17 June 2019: This one-day event at Sandy Park in Exeter offers opportunities to see the latest cutting-edge innovation coming out of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, and for businesses and innovators to showcase their products and pitch their ideas. Find out more here.
Innovation Exchange projects and activities
Are you inspired to improve health and care in the South West through innovation? Find out more about how we can support you.
Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in action. We are supporting the AAC, which is a government funded programme to support the rapid uptake of products in the health and care system. These transformational products have now been selected and our role is to help you understand the potential benefits for you and the patients that you provide care for. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Digital Health Accelerator (DHA) South West is working with five companies in the South West to provide them and the innovations they are developing with intensive and specialist support. We are one of seven Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) working together to deliver regional digital health accelerators. Find out more online and download our brochure now.
Background to the Innovation Exchange
AHSNs support the regional ‘import and export’ of healthcare innovation through our Innovation Exchange.
The Innovation Exchange is an AHSN coordinated approach to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations that improve our economy and patients’ lives.
The Innovation Exchange identifies innovations for the Accelerated Access Collaborative and for local adoption. The Accelerated Access Collaborative is a national partnership of organisations including NHS England, Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, NICE, NHS Improvement and the AHSNs.
The Innovation Exchange has four structured elements:
- Needs definition
- Innovator support and signposting
- Real world validation
- Spread and adoption of supported innovations.
We support our Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to identify proven solutions to existing challenges.
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.
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.
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.