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The country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have come together to deliver the AHSN Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare: an online tool that shares proven innovations that are making a positive difference both to people’s lives and NHS efficiency. It is available at

Launching today at the Health and Care Innovation Expo, the Atlas of Solutions provides a snapshot of some of the country’s best healthcare innovations, describing the problems they were introduced to address and the impressive outcomes to date. The aim is to freely share these examples to speed and scale up the adoption of innovation across health and care.

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Following the huge success of the first year of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) we are pleased to announce that NIA 2016 will open for applications from healthcare innovators on Friday 17 June 2016.

Every year, the NIA looks for the best national and international healthcare innovators.

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The deadline for applications to the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme has been extended to 16 August.

Every year, the NIA looks for the best national and international healthcare innovators, with funding and expert support for selected 'fellows'.

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A ground-breaking intervention to improve junior doctors’ performance – designed in Leicester and developed in Lincolnshire – is attracting global interest and has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

“EPIFFANY” (Effective Performance Insight for the Future) is shortlisted in the Education Team of the Year category at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) awards, to be announced today, (Thursday 5 May).              

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Thousands of people throughout England are to benefit from a ground breaking partnership that is supporting a new national programme to prevent Type 2 diabetes.              

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SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, today announced the launch of the latest SBRI Healthcare competition where up to 12 small business could each benefit from £100,000 Phase 1 product development funding.              

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Mike Hannay Aug 2016 WebEast Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), which is playing a major role in transforming the health of the region’s 4.6m residents, has appointed a new Managing Director.

Professor Mike Hannay will join the EMAHSN from 1st August and will play a key role at the heart of the East Midlands’ healthcare system - working with partners across sectors to transform health services.              

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Impact report 2016 front coverIn its 2016 Impact Report The AHSN Network demonstrates the impact that AHSNs have made collectively to address gaps in health and wellbeing; care and quality; and finance and efficiency as outlined in the Five Year Forward View.

The 15 AHSNs in England have a clear remit to connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, third sector and industry to help create the right conditions to improve health and generate economic growth. They achieve this by, for example, creating partnerships that enable a faster and greater spread of innovation and by fostering opportunities for industry to work effectively with the NHS.

Highlights of the collective impact made in 2015/16 by the AHSN Network are:

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PPIBursary2016 Community and voluntary groups that offer important platforms for patients and the public to shape local health services have received a funding boost from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN).

The eight local ‘Patient and Public Involvement’ (PPI) groups have been awarded £1,500 each to help meet their essential running costs – supporting them to start or continue their vital work to promote patient, carer and public involvement in healthcare / healthcare research and delivery across the East Midlands.

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NHS England has launched its annual stakeholder survey of all Academic Health Science Networks, including EMAHSN.

The first survey was conducted in 2015, and many of you provided really valuable feedback which we have used to shape our work over the past year – directing our resources to support your organisation and make sure we continue to align to your priorities.

The deadline is Friday 16 September and it will take around 10-15 minutes to complete. To complete the survey about the EMAHSN click here.

You can also complete a survey about AHSNs overall by clicking here.

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