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, 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 are completing selection for participants from 04 to 07 March 2019 for project teams delivering large scale change supported by 7 Spread Academy Fellows working in the South West working in collaboration with the Billions Institute. For more information, please visit swahsn.com/spread-academy and stay up to date with the SW AHSN newsletter and through social media.

Connection for Innovation: Living a long and healthy life is a joint event with the University of Plymouth. We are bringing together individuals and teams interested in innovation to share and learn to help improve the quality of life for our ageing population. The invitation is open to clinicians/practitioners, students, innovators and anyone passionate about innovation. Register for a ticket free-of-charge now.

Need a small or enabler grant to support the adoption of innovation in health and social care in the South West? The Innovation Adoption Fund is open for applications with up to £5,000 available through a competitive process. The lead applicant for this fund will be the individual or team seeking to explore or test the adoption of an innovation to benefit the population of the South West of England. Application deadline is 12 March 2019. The final competition day will take place at the Digital Horizons Centre in Torbay on 29 March 2019. Submit your expression of interest through emailing innovation@swahsn.com and you will be allocated an application phone call. Visit our web page or email us at innovation@swahsn.com for more information.

The Evaluation Support Application is now available to all innovators or adopters who are working to gather the information and evidence needed to enable adoption of innovation in a variety of settings. Panels meet every few months. Submit your expression of interest through innovation@swahsn.com and you will be allocated an application phone call.

The Tackling medical devices regulation confidently day in Manchester - organised by Health Innovation Manchester - is taking place on 13 February 2019. Join us on the evening before and on the day with our AHSN Network and stakeholder colleaguesRegister for a free ticket online now.

Other dates of interest
7 February 2019, Clinical Research Network, Exeter: https://bit.ly/2sT1wZK
19 February 2019, Cardiology workforce challenge, Exeter: https://bit.ly/2QBujeV

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 innovation@swahsn.com 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 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:

  1. needs definition
  2. innovator support and signposting
  3. real world validation
  4. spread and adoption of supported innovations.

Needs definition 

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.

Find out more about the Accelerated Access Collaborative ‘rapid uptake’ products here.

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.