Becky Hanna

Programme Manager (NHS Innovations)

NHS Trust Innovations, Commercialisation of Ideas, Innovation Forum events

Becky would describe innovation as ‘creative problem solving’, and ‘turning ideas into reality’. At the AHSN NENC she supports NHS Trusts in North-East England to capture innovative ideas from frontline staff, and help turn them into novel products and services for the healthcare sector. This is done in collaboration with a brilliant group of Innovation Managers/Coordinators who each cover an NHS Trust in our region. Collectively they meet alongside AHSN NENC team members as an Innovation Forum – one group with a shared purpose.   Becky’s recently joined the AHSN NENC in January 2022, and has a background in scientific research with a translational ‘real world’ focus through industrial or clinical partners. She studied and worked in fields such as neuroscience, arthritis, and childhood leukaemia, before completing a PhD in dermatology with GSK Consumer Healthcare (UK/USA). She then joined Newcastle University’s Arrow programme, supporting local SMEs to scope their ideas/innovations with expert academics. She has helped the NHS to validate new COVID-19 diagnostic tests/equipment, and worked in community healthcare. All this has been possible with the help and support of mentors and wonderful family/friends. She is excited to see Innovation grow in the region, having impact on economic growth and healthcare improvement.

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