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The benefits of establishing innovation hubs in your region

Posted: 13th March 2023

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) innovation hubs have been featured as part of an NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) case study.

The AAC brings decision-makers from across the health service together with innovators to ultimately improve patient care and has highlighted the hubs as an exemplary way of working.five people gathered round a table group working looking at a screen and white board with post it notes on

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN hosts three innovation hubs across the three ICSs across the region, allowing innovation, collaborative working and research at a provider, system, and partner level.

The strong relationships we have built with our three local Integrated Care Systems (ICS) means our staff are embedded within the fibre of health and care delivery in our region. This enables us to gain a deep understanding of the needs of our ICSs and means we can co-design and deliver funded programmes that help them meet the biggest challenges facing our society.

The hubs also provide a single point of contact for innovation enquiries that not only improves the process of highlighting innovation opportunities to ICSs but also allows them to allocate funding and capacity to the innovation opportunities which will have the greatest impact across the system.

This model of working helps to forge a closer relationship between ICS priorities and the AHSN’s role in driving spread and adoption of innovation. It remains the ambition of the AHSN to ensure it can continue to use its unique skills and expertise to benefit the region.

Read the case study in full to find out how this model could also be of value to other ICSs seeking to embed innovative tools and techniques across their system.

Access the whole bank of support for ICSs on spread and adoption of innovation.