We help health and care teams in south London benefit from innovation faster

Health Innovation Network is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for south London, one of 15 AHSNs across England. As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, we are uniquely placed to increase the spread and adoption of innovation across large populations, at pace and scale.

Our expertise and services

We are an NHS team that works flexibly across the health and care sector, industry, academia and in partnership with south London residents to speed up innovation and improve care. We advise, support and connect teams to successfully adopt innovation. Whether you are a member in south London or another organisation seeking innovation support, you can contact us at any time to discuss your innovation project and see how we can help.

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  • Ayobola Chike-Michael, Patient Safety Project Manager at the Health Innovation Network (HIN) shares her thoughts on how safe health care workers means safe patients. Focusing on Healthcare workers Patient safety is a global health priority that aims to prevent errors and adverse effects to patients associated with health care (WHO, 2020). Exponential medical development has […]

  • In this edition, we caught up with Matt Elcock, Founder of Push Doctor; an innovation that provides clinicians with the technology to enable patients to access primary and secondary care digitally through the NHS across the UK. Pictured above: Matt Elcock of Push Doctor Tell us about your innovation in a sentence. Push Doctor provides clinicians with the […]

  • ESCAPE-pain Webinar: ‘Resuming face-to-face delivery in a time of Covid’ The ESCAPE-pain programme is an intervention for people with chronic joint pain developed by Professor Mike Hurley. The programme is hosted by the Health Innovation Network and supported by NHS England. ESCAPE-pain offers two programmes: ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips: designed to benefit people with […]

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    • Supporting remote monitoring in an outpatient setting

      We are supporting three rheumatology departments across south east London (SEL) to trial a new service that supports patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to remotely monitor their condition. The service aims to help people access the care they need, when they most need it, rather than rely on routine appointments. Starting in 2019, we brought […]

    • Safer medicine administration in care homes during Covid-19

      The HIN engaged with OPUS and commissioned them on a pro bono basis to adapt their existing comprehensive guidance to ensure care home staff were aware of how to safely administer medicines without using a dosette box during the pandemic. We shared the adapted guidance with our care homes with the permission of OPUS. The […]

    • Helping people access diabetic foot services during Covid-19

      With outpatient appointments reduced due to the pandemic, the South East London Diabetes Foot Network which covers seven London boroughs and a population of two million, had to continue high-quality, intensive diabetes foot care. The Diabetes team have supported the network to help the coordination of urgent diabetic foot care while maintaining high-quality pandemic response […]

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    • Only Human: supporting wellbeing during and post Covid-19

      Materials to help you positively impact staff physical and mental health Our Patient Safety and Experience team have been working with behavioural insights specialists to create materials based on a behavioural science approach to support frontline health and care staff to prioritise their physical health and emotional wellbeing needs that may have been neglected due […]

    • Covid-19: Identifying the needs of Mental Health Populations

      Health Innovation Network has been supporting the NHS to identify the mental health needs of specific population groups in response to Covid-19. The mental health team engaged with more than 600 organisations across England during April and May 2020. The team has published several interesting reports into this work that delve into these specific population […]

    • Patient audio and visual recordings – receiving and storing sensitive imagery

      The Covid-19 pandemic has considerably decreased the number of face-to-face appointments. In response to this, health and care systems have been working hard to continue to meet people’s needs through an increase of remote online consultations and use of digital channels. As a result, the exchange of photographic images, audio and video recordings from patient […]