As well as our partnership working with the region’s health and social care organisations, working with East Midlands industry bodies is central to our work. Our partners include Medilink East Midlands, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s (ABPI) East Midlands Regional Industry Group (RIG), BioCity, MediCity and InvestInNottingham. During the year ahead, we will further develop our links with industry alongside the East Midlands LEPs to explore opportunities to support healthcare services and companies to realise the potential of the European Structural Investment Funding (ESIF) programme 2014-20.              
Recognising our collective impact, all 15 AHSNs have agreed to work together in three key areas of activity where their collective endeavour adds greater value:

The AHSN Network is now an established national forum with subgroups for Commercial Directors and communications leads. There are also collective meetings for PPI leads, health analytics leads and improvement programme leads. The AHSN Network continues to support NHS England in its role, through support and advice on policy and implementation, for example, Test Bed sites.

EMAHSN has signed a ground-breaking national partnership agreement with the NHS Leadership Academy. The collaboration signals the organisations' shared commitment to develop leadership skills within the NHS to help champion and speed up the process of transformation and innovation. The initiative supports development, not just throughout the region, but also nationally with EMAHSN offering system-wide support to other Academic Health Science Networks as desired.              
Of the 50 vanguards around the country, nine are in the East Midlands, more than anywhere else – reinforcing our region’s commitment to transformation, innovation and collaboration.

What are vanguards?
During 2015 the NHS invited individual organisations and partnerships to apply to become vanguards as part of the new care models programme, which is a key part of the NHS Five Year Forward View (published in October 2014). The aim of each vanguard is to bring together a range of partners to support the improvement and integration of services – providing patients with better, more accessible and joined-up support.

Collectively the nine East Midlands sites are supporting service improvement for millions of people.  We have worked with the vanguards to create a guide which provides a summary of the East Midlands new care models. pdfDownload the New Care Models: East Midlands Vanguards guide here.