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We work with our members (academia and local health and care teams in south London), national commissioners (NHS England & Improvement, Office for Life Sciences) industry and the third sector to make sure south Londoners benefit from innovations on a daily basis and to learn about what works.
We advise teams on innovations and products that are evidence-based and help them understand how to successfully adapt them for their own environment.
Advice on innovations and products
We signpost busy health and care teams to innovations that meet the needs of their local populations and local priorities and challenges, assessed by us to be market-ready. This saves time and helps teams identify evidence-based innovations faster.
Transformation and system improvement
We advise health and care organisations on the design and implementation of new clinical pathways, incorporating the latest research findings, as well as effective technology and digital solutions.
We provide practical support to health and care teams to to implement and evaluate new ways of working.
Evaluation and Evidence Gathering
Our passionate team of skilled and experienced evaluators, analysts, senior health and care managers and clinical staff undertake bespoke evaluations to build knowledge and evidence bases for innovations, including service evaluations, digital health technology, social return on investment and other mixed-method evaluations.
Data analysis and insight
We offer specialist expertise in data analysis, database design and management and statistics. Our in-house informatics team has strengths in quantitative data management and interpretation, including applying data science techniques to support consistent clinical practice.
Programme and project management across organisational boundaries
We use our local expertise and experience to project manage transformation and change management projects across multiple organisations in south London.
We work with health and care teams to provide training and recruitment support in key areas so that they can build sustainable, innovative teams. This includes our NHS Graduate Digital, Data & Technology Scheme, training packages for specific innovations like ESCAPE-pain and leadership development programmes, including for Digital Pioneers and Care Home staff.
Our annual Innovation Grants kickstart projects with small awards of direct funding for our members in south London. We also regularly share wider innovation funding opportunities from across the AHSN Network nationally here.
Spread and adoption
Over the past five years, we have developed a framework approach to spread and adoption based on the insights of clinical academics in Implementation Science and NHS England’s Change Model. This means that whatever the unique circumstances presented to us, we can still be the catalyst for change.
We connect people with great ideas, whether it’s a health and care team in need of an innovator who can solve their problem, an academic searching for a collaborator or simply connecting one part of the NHS to another.
Learning communities, including Communities of Practice
We bring people with common interests together, across sectors and across organisations, to identify common problems and tackle these collaboratively, prompting faster innovation through shared insight, reflection and problem-solving.
We design and run Innovation Challenge events, which highlight specific problems facing health and care teams and connect innovators and stakeholders together in conversation about quick solutions.
We work in partnership with patients and the public to co-design solutions. Connecting innovation projects with the public in a meaningful way improves the experience of care for people who use services and for those who work in the system.
We run a wide range of events and networking opportunities using creative approaches to help teams find out about the latest innovations that meet health and care needs and build connections.
We are equipped to support south London health and care teams with identifying and implementing innovative solutions to healthcare problems. A key means for this is facilitating the adoption and implementation of proven innovative products through programmes selected by the Accelerated Access Collaborative, a unit set up within NHS England and NHS Improvement to get more proven innovations into the hands of clinicians and patients.
A full list of AAC products we support can be found on our AAC Innovation projects page. Each year there is a new round of innovations commissioned for spread and adoption so please regularly visit our site for the latest information about how we can support you.
Contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about adopting Rapid Uptake Products or MedTech Funding Mandate technologies in your organisation.
We also support industry and innovators through: