Academic Health Science Network

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) is dedicated to improving healthcare, driving wealth creation and promoting research participation across the region.

We facilitate interactions across our Member Organisations and multiple other stakeholders. We act as an honest broker in areas that require collaborative working. Our membership and remit to provide system-wide integration allow us to bring the appropriate influences and mechanisms to bear on the programmes we take on. The way we work, brokering interactions and seeking inclusive, collegiate approaches to significant common problems,

By working in partnership with our Member Organisations, the regional NHS Foundation Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Universities and a wide range of other stakeholders including companies, charities and Local Authorities, we work to ensure that areas of best practice and innovation are identified and disseminated, at pace and scale, regionally and nationally.

Wealth Creation and Health Improvement have a common requirement for innovation. We support all aspects of innovation across healthcare from creating a culture that is supportive of innovation to disseminating and adopting novel practices and devices once they are proven.

In the Health Improvement work, our Member Organisations give us the opportunity to effect change at pace and scale and in the Wealth Creation arena the support available from Trusts, CCGs and Universities allows us to broker collaborations between businesses and the NHS to provide advice and expertise to allow the companies to grow.

Health Improvement


The AHSNs act as system-wide integrators to promote health improvement in the re... Read more

Wealth Creation

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The AHSNs are driven by two linked imperatives: improving population health and... Read more