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Welcome to Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network's Website

GM AHSN is one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England: spreading innovation, improving health, generating economic growth.

As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, we are catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients. Greater Manchester AHSN brings together 33 members comprising NHS providers, commissioners and universities across Greater Manchester, East Lancashire Trust and East Cheshire. Our ambition is to deliver a step change in health outcomes and to support Greater Manchester's strategy for growth through enabling £1bn of wealth creation over five years, supporting SMEs and helping to create a healthier population.


Find out more about our innovative digital infrastructure project...



The 'Building capacity and capability in health and life science businesses in Cheshire & Warrington' project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

We've been asking our Patient Experience Group what they think about DataWell, our flagship informatics programme. Watch this video to find out more:

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Award winning TV presenters to host Health and Care Innovation EXPO 2017

Gavin Esler and Jenny Kleeman are hosting this years’ NHS Health and Innovation Care Expo, to be held at Manchester Central Convention Centre. The Expo showcases examples of innovation within...

£86 million of funding available for innovation

The government has announced new funding of up to £86 million for UK firms to develop medical breakthroughs.
The package will allow small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and...

Digital child health events project – online survey

Your views are sought in regard to the content of a standard for a digital child health record. To help out please fill in the short survey.

National Mortality Review Training Dates

Access training to be able to conduct mortality reviews. Delivered by the Royal College of Physicians

Search commences for innovative solutions to transform cancer screening and diagnosis

A search for innovations with the ability to transform cancer screening, and facilitate earlier and faster diagnosis launches on 25 July 2017. SBRI Healthcare - an NHS England investment fund led...

AHSNs to be relicensed as NHS ‘centrepiece for innovation’

NHS England has today (21 July) confirmed its intention to relicense England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks.
NHS England’s Board met today and considered a report from National Director...

Manchester diagnostic device offers increased detection of cervical cancer

A pioneering diagnostic device identifies more abnormal cells on the cervix than standard colposcopy, according to data published in two European clinical papers.

Launch of the META Tool

NICE Scientific Advice and Greater Manchester AHSN are welcoming you to the launch of the META Tool!

Invitation to ‘Meet the NIA’

Find out all you need to know about the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) by coming along to one of our ‘Meet the NIA’ information events.

University of Manchester Conducts New Building Resistance to Antibiotics Study

The Health eResearch Centre at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with Public Health England and the NHS, is currently evaluating how antibiotics are being used by general practices and...

NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP)

In his speech at last week's NHS Confederation Conference, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, announced the launch of the NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP). This...

NHS accelerator launches international call for high-impact innovations to join its 2017 cohort

A NEW search for the world’s best healthcare innovations to help improve patients’ lives launches on 14 June, focussing on key NHS priorities including mental health, primary care, and urgent and...

Applying for Q in Greater Manchester

On Thursday 8th June, GM AHSN held a webinar to help support applicants for the Q initiative in Greater Manchester.

UM Unit associate Robert Sowney is honoured with lifetime fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing

Robert Sowney, a Clinical Affiliate of GM AHSN’s North West Utilisation Management Unit, was awarded a Lifetime Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in the 2017 RCN Roll of Honour.

2,000th Manchester patient takes part in 100K Genomes Project

Kidney patient Christine Mather has become the 2,000th person in Greater Manchester to take part in a project that is transforming the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases.

Report highlights benefits of collaboration between CCGs and AHSNs

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have launched a new joint report that shows how collaboration between clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and...

MIMIT FORUM: Innovation Opportunities

MIMIT (Manchester: Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology) is offering innovators a chance to work on solutions to REAL Clinical Needs Projects to be presented at this Forum

100% Challenge successes in Northern Ireland

The NW UM Unit undertook two successful 100% challenge events in Northern Ireland in the first week of May.

How to develop evidence and commissioning for your medical device

Are you: A Medical or Health Technology Small to Medium Enterprise?  Wanting your devices to be trialled or evaluated?  Unsure on how to get your products procured by the...

Frail and Elderly Scorecard (NW)

The NW UM Unit have been re-commissioned to produce the ‘Locality Benchmarking Scorecard Programme’ for the frail elderly in 2017/18 by AQuA (The Advancing Quality Alliance) and NW ADASS (the North...

PRSB Child health events survey - birth details and new born review

NHS Digital, in collaboration with the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB), are developing the information sharing requirements for the community child health record which includes the...

NIHR Child Prosthetics Industry Collaboration Survey

On the 20th September 2016 the Department of Health announced a total of £1.5M funding for child prosthetic research and technology. The national Child Prosthetics Research Collaboration will bring...

Mancxit? Health and Social Care Devolution in Manchester

Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC)'s Cardiovascular Domain is holding an event to examine the impact of health and social care devolution on the care of cardiovascular conditions.

NHS England's Innovation and Technology Tariff

NHS England plans to fast-track the introduction of six new types of medical technology products and apps during 2017/18 through the Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT). The ITT removes the need...

Revolutionary or Radical changes in food allergy management

Hosted by the Manchester Medical Society, this meeting is for paediatricians and paediatric health professionals in GM, particularly those treating children with food allergies. The teaching...

Help us to find high impact innovations to benefit patients, local residents and NHS staff.

This summer, the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) will recruit a further eight Innovation Fellows with evidence-based, ready-for-use innovations which address two or three themes identified as...

Innovation labs: enabling older people to live independent, healthier lives.

Partners in a number of local authority areas across the North West of England are coming together for a one-day event to collaborate, share data using the Data Mill North open data repository and...

Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ reinforces role of Academic Health Science Networks to drive innovation

NHS England has today (31 March 2017) published ‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ which sets out how the NHS will deliver practical improvements in areas prized by patients and the...

New opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Working in partnership with the GM Business Growth Hub and the Innovation Agency (North West Coast AHSN), Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN) is helping Small and Medium...

myAsthma now available through LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor

Digital Health pioneers my mhealth have teamed up with LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor to deliver the myAsthma app to their patients.


TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) is a national healthcare technology network that has been established to support the development of technology solutions to help improve...

Improving outcomes, cutting costs: Procuring NIA innovations via the NHS Innovation and Technology Tariff

Hosted by the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), in partnership with local Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs): Greater Manchester AHSN, the Innovation Agency, North East and North Cumbria...

Manchester Ecosystem Meeting: April

The next quarterly meeting of the Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem will be held on Thursday 20th April at MSP Citylabs with registration from 9am.

GM AHSN announces the launch of a new business case model for AF-related stroke prevention developed in collaboration with PHE

Public Health England (PHE) and the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have collaborated on a nationwide programme to identify locally targeted initiatives that aim to reduce rates of Atrial...

Supporting a digital solution to diabetes foot health

Entec Health Ltd, a Surrey-based healthcare innovation company, has successfully engaged via GM AHSN’s Innovation Nexus with two lead clinicians at Central Manchester University Hospitals...

Utilisation Management unit RCN re-accreditation

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) awards accreditation to training programmes following a rigorous assessment process to ensure that any learning initiatives meet the RCN standards of excellence.

MAHSE launches its Service Improvement & Innovation Fellowships

The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) is now accepting applications for its Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowships scheme which is aimed at healthcare science...

Early Diagnosis Industry Challenge - 22 February to 30 March 2017

The national Cancer Vanguard recently launched a unique and innovative opportunity for a select group of industry, academic or third sector partners to work on a project improving the early...

Samantha Jones of NHS England's New Care Models programme pays a visit to GM AHSN

On Monday 20 February GM AHSN hosted Samantha Jones, Director of the New Care Models programme at our headquarters in Citylabs, Manchester.

Thousands at risk of death from silent heart condition in Greater Manchester

The majority of people with inherited high cholesterol condition are ‘needlessly undiagnosed’, says UK’s leading heart research charity.

Landmark Ageing Conference to be held in Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is to stage a landmark conference on ageing.

The award winning, NICE-approved ESCAPE-pain programme for the management of osteoarthritis is now available as a free app.

Produced for the NHS by the Health Innovation Network and Salaso Health Solution Ltd, the ESCAPE-pain app is available free from the Apple App Store

Caroline Poole at the Simple Telehealth Conference

Caroline Poole, Clinical Improvement Lead at Pennine Care NHS Trust recently attended the Simple Telehealth National Conference in Stoke-on-Trent to give a presentation entitled: “Sustainability...

Antrim Area Hospital takes up 100% challenge

As part of the ongoing work to improve the flow of patients through the hospital, Antrim Area Hospital staff participated in a challenge recently, organised by GM AHSN’s Utilisation Management...

4S DAWN and AHSNs working together to broaden access to key TTR data and improve the management of AF nationwide

For the past two years, Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and Public Health England (PHE) have been working to expand access to key healthcare datasets that allow evaluation of the patient...

Pressures in Acute Sector are target for SBRI Healthcare funding

£700K investment in innovations that target hospital efficiency

Stroke Association State of the Nation Report 2017 released

The Stroke Association, a key partner supporting GM AHSN with its AF-prevention work, has today published its 'State of the Nation' report for 2017

Innovative British healthcare companies invited to take part in Texas ‘medtech’ mission

Pioneering UK healthcare companies keen to develop or strengthen partnerships in Texas are being urged to take part in the next medtech mission to the state.

GM AHSN Christmas Round-Up

A festive round-up of our achievements this year!

VIDEO: GM AHSN, MAHSC & STFC Hartree Centre Cognitive Computing Event

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN), the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and the Greater Manchester & Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network in...

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens welcomes eight health innovations joining NHS Accelerator

NHS England has today (14 November 2016) revealed eight health innovations set to join year two of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, a scheme designed to help with the adoption of promising new...

Technologies that ease pressure on urgent and emergency care services receive financial backing

With Accident and Emergency pressures well reported and as waiting times reach their highest level in more than a decade, SBRI Healthcare today announced £4.3 million investment in new technologies...

Digital healthcare innovation series: "internet of things", wearables, sensors, assistive devices

Following on from the success of The innovator's roadmap: From idea to reality RSM professionals and NHS Innovations South West have announced their next venture, the Digital healthcare...

North expertise in ageing awarded at Brussels ceremony.

Four Northern health organisations have received international recognition, for their excellence in active and healthy ageing, at a ceremony as part of the European Summit on Digital Innovation for...

Greater Manchester Diabetes Partnership - New report published

The Greater Manchester Diabetes Partnership, a collaboration between the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry under the auspices of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), has...

Applications now open for Improvement Science for Leaders

GM AHSN is working with Improvement Science experts Haelo on another exciting programme designed to promote improvement in NHS organisations.

Greater Manchester Ageing Hub Conference

The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub is pleased to announce its first conference which will be held on 16 February 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry. The Ageing Hub will build on previous...

GM AHSN announces development of new AHSN-wide business case model for AF-related stroke prevention

Following last week’s AF Aware Week, and nationwide focus on Atrial Fibrillation (AF), we announce the development of a new AHSN-wide Business Case Model that will target resources to improve...

Innovation Nexus recognised for excellence in supporting life science businesses

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN) has been honoured with Bionow’s 2016 Business Services Award for its Innovation Nexus service which provides healthcare SMEs with and...

GM AHSN, MAHSC & STFC Hartree Centre Cognitive Computing Event

Cara Afzal, Programme Development Lead for Health and Implementation at GM AHSN feeds back on a recent event about how cognitive computing can be used to improve healthcare.

Mobilise the NHS - November 2016

On Friday 18th November we hosted the first of two Mobilise the NHS events at Ziferblat, Manchester.

Manchester consultant awarded NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellowship to roll out cost-saving enhanced recovery programme

Dr John Moore, Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), has been awarded one of eight prestigious NHS...

Brexit boost to life sciences ‘could close North-South health gap’ – IPPR North

The government must invest in northern life sciences to close the North-South gap in economic growth and health post Brexit, according to leading think-tank IPPR North.

Positive results from Greater Manchester AHSN’s stakeholder survey

A survey conducted by YouGov has found that nearly 8 in 10 (79%) would recommend working with Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network.

GM AHSN's Innovation Nexus makes shortlist for 15th annual Bionow Awards

The outstanding Northern life science and biomedical companies and projects of 2016 have been announced on a shortlist for the annual Bionow Awards, which take place on November 24.

GM AHSN's Innovation Funds and other opportunities

Following our “New Funding & Development Opportunities for Innovators” event, held this week (November 8) at the Nowgen Centre, Manchester, we are pleased to announce that our Ignite and...

North West Leadership Recognition Awards 2016

The NHS North West Leadership Recognition Awards 2016 will be held on the evening of Thursday, 1st December at the Macdonald Kilhey court in Wigan.

New stage for Collaboratives at Patient First

The Greater Manchester AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative is one of 15 AHSN Patient Safety Collaboratives playing a major role at the annual Patient First event.

World Stroke Day and Atrial Fibrillation Conference Round-Up

A summary of all the activity we have been involved with over the last two weeks to promote our AF-stroke prevention work.

Bioelectronic therapy is effective for patients with medically unexplained symptoms

An observational study presented at the at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 19th Annual European Congress has found that non-invasive vagus nerve...

New toolkit supports healthcare professionals to recruit more patients to dementia studies

A new toolkit, produced by the Join Dementia Research campaign from the NIHR, is now available for healthcare professionals.

New QOF data for Atrial Fibrillation released

This week sees the release of the latest Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) data around Atrial Fibrillation (AF). The data show numbers of people registered with AF by area, and how this relates...

World Stroke Day and International Exposure for the Greater Manchester AHSN

Andi Orlowski, GM AHSN's Associate Director of Health & Implementation shares his thoughts on our activities to promote our AF work around the world!

NIHR league table reveals 100% of NHS trusts are research active

The 2015/16 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Research Activity League Table has published today, and shows all NHS trusts in England are delivering...

AHSN Network supports ambitions to make the UK a world-leader in healthcare innovation

A national report launched yesterday, 24 October, with clear recommendations to the UK government on reforms to speed up patients’ access to innovative medicines, technologies and products. The aim...

Reducing Stroke Across Greater Manchester

World Stroke Day on 29 October is highlighting the fact that lives can improve with better awareness, access and action with the theme ‘Face the facts: Stroke is treatable’. Stroke is the fourth...

Ecosystem Event: Connected Health Cities

Manchester Ecosystem - Connected Health Cities Meeting

Care Pathways Roadmap & Opportunities to Engage
Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016
Location: The Hive, 51 Lever Street,...

Prevent Atrial Fibrillation-related Stroke: Registrations Now Open

Registrations for our joint event on preventing AF-related stroke are now open. For more information visit the Public Health England event page.

New funding and development opportunities for innovators

We are holding an event, on November 8th, for Greater Manchester-based innovators - from industry, academic and clinical backgrounds - which will give an overview of the latest opportunities for...

Mobilise the NHS - November 2016 & January 2017

Mobilise the NHS brings together NHS clinical staff and small digital companies to jointly design software applications that solve clinical and care problems.

SBRI Annual Review

The Small Business Research Initiative - SBRI Healthcare - launched their annual review at this year's NHS Expo. The report sets out the impact of the programme over the year but also provides...

Save the date! Preventing AF-related stroke: overcoming challenges and accelerating improvements

Public Health England’s national AF-related stroke prevention programme, working with north regional AHSNs, NHS England, Arrhythmia Alliance, British Heart Foundation, AF Association and the Stroke...

Six local health innovators benefit from new Innovation Funds.

We are pleased to announce the successful companies and innovators in the first round of our new Innovation Funds.

SBRI Healthcare Awards £4 Million to Support Older People with Complex Health Needs

Five exciting innovations receive the financial backing of NHS England in competition seeking solutions for positive ageing

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care – Faith in Mental Health and Voluntary Sector Conference

On Monday 26th September 2016, over 150 people gathered in the AJ Bell stadium in Salford, for a conference about faith and mental health.

Innovative COPD CityVerve project takes shape

A project team comprising researchers from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) and The University of Manchester (UoM)...

Awards for health staff using technology to improve care

A Life Time Achievement Award was presented to a Salford doctor who has driven the adoption of digital innovations throughout his career.

Scale up and Spread Improvement Academy

GM AHSN is giving its members the opportunity to participate for free (ticket value £300) in a two-day 'Scale-up Academy' giving the opportunity to learn, from experts, about how to...

The Deadline for the Interactive Healthcare Fund has been Extended

GM AHSN is working with Creative England and a number of the other Academic Health Science Networks to support the development of priority digital healthcare products and services that will benefit...

Funding for innovations to help transform general practice of the future

SBRI Healthcare is delivered collaboratively by NHS England and the AHSN Network to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs. The autumn funding competition is now...

AQuA Advanced Team Training Programme for Safety

We have commissioned this five day team based course as part of our Patient Safety Collaborative Programme, supporting improvements in patient safety across the region.

AHSN stakeholder survey 2016 now closed

Thank you to everyone that took part in our stakeholder survey during August and September. The survey, conducted by NHS England in partnership with YouGov, is now closed.

Groundbreaking £20m Scheme to Help Improve Health In Northern Cities

A ground-breaking £20 million project has been launched which will see four Northern city regions using data and technology in a revolutionary new way to help improve patient care and ultimately...

New Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare aims to help speed up adoption of innovation

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...

Identification and management of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Developing a cascade testing service for Greater Manchester (GM) Stakeholder Update – September 2016

An update for our stakeholders on the progress GM AHSN and GM SCN are making with the Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) project.

HSJ Awards 2016 - Shortlist Announced

The annual Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards will take place on November 23rd in London. Now in their 35th year, the most sought after accolade in British healthcare recognises, celebrates and...

NHS Expo 2016 - Round-up

Expo is over for another year. This Storify shows GM AHSN's activities across the two-day event.

New Improving Medicines Safety case study published by HQIP

A new case study has recently been published by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) describing the impacts and outcomes of our Improving Medicines Safety programme with Haelo.

Team Finland - UK NHS Expo

Next week we are partnering with Yorkshire & Humber AHSN to present at a 2-day event about both the challenges of working in our respective regions, and the benefits of using the support...

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network leading growing the community from May 2017

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK. Through Q people are coming together to form a community - sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating on...

Next Steps for End-of-Life Research

GM AHSN delivery partners, NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester have recently published a report on end-of-life priority setting for Greater Manchester.

AHSN Survey - Now live

The 2016 AHSN Stakeholder Survey is now live.

This is your chance to provide feedback about the services we provide in Greater Manchester. Each of the 15 AHSNs around the country are...

Corporation Pop and Lucid Group Limited secure Pitch to TITCH innovation funding to work with NHS to improve care for sick children

The funding will be used to drive forward the development of: a virtual guide to reduce anxiety for children visiting hospital; and a new device aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment for...

Latest opportunity to join Q

A report, summarising learnings from the first year of the Q initiative was published in May. Following this, we are supporting the application process for the next, pilot stage of the programme.

Technology could hold the key to self-care and better population health

For the last four years HealthUnlocked, a peer-to-peer social support network for health, has supported NHS Choices and amassed a high number of users. It is now the highest ranked health website...

GM AHSN Engagement Forum - Review

Last month we held our second ever Engagement Forum, bringing together representatives from many of our member organisations and providing an opportunity for idea sharing and development.

Greater Manchester to receive international award for excellence in active and healthy ageing

The Greater Manchester Active and Healthy Ageing Coalition has received international recognition for their work in the field of active and healthy ageing.

North excellence in active and healthy ageing given international recognition

North health organisations have received international recognition for their work on active and healthy ageing.

Trust leads the way with UKs first NHS use of hand held pain relief treatment

Patients at hospitals run by GM AHSN member Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are the first NHS patients in the UK to be able to self administer a new pain relieving drug (Sufentanil) via a hand...

Salford Digital Health Innovation Call

A new Innovation Fund was recently announced by GM AHSN member organisation NHS Salford CCG. The Fund will help innovators develop, test and evaluate ideas, products, services and clinical practice...

AHSN Network Impact Report

We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest AHSN Network Impact report: Improving Health and Promoting Economic Growth.

NHS Innovation Accelerator

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is delivered collaboratively by NHS England, UCLPartners and Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).

CLAHRC Greater Manchester publish new report about caring for people with chronic kidney disease

CLAHRC Greater Manchester's latest evaluation report shows that there’s still progress to be made in caring for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Greater Manchester healthcare achieves world first with initial results of Salford Lung Study

Salford Lung Study results show COPD patients treated with Relvar® Ellipta® achieve superior reduction in exacerbations compared with ‘usual care’.

New funding available for innovators trying to make a difference in healthcare.

We are pleased to announce three new funding opportunities for SMEs, academics and NHS innovators working in this region.

Strategic Clinical Networks nominated for HSJ Value in Healthcare Award

The Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN), have been nominated as finalists in this year’s HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards for their outstanding work...

Futuristic flyers for the NHS

A partnership between the NHS and an innovative design agency is set to change the way patients with chronic lung conditions receive education and information.

Ask the Buyer

We are inviting local healthcare businesses to attend a free event where they can ask senior NHS buyers questions about supplying goods and services into the NHS.

New geographical footprint creates Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks

April marks the beginning of a new dawn for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Strategic Clinical Networks (CMSCN) with a geographical change to our remit.

GM AHSN’s Atrial Fibrillation Data Landscape Tool wins two awards at the PM Society Digital Awards 2016

GM AHSN’s flagship project to help improve the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation – the most common cardiac arrhythmia and one of the leading causes of stroke – was last...

ZedScan™ delivers significant increase in HG CIN detection rates across all high risk HPV positive women

A review into the management of more than 800 women referred to an NHS colposcopy clinic who were positive for high risk HPV (hrHPV) has revealed a substantial increase in detection of high grade...

GM Patient Safety Collaborative Celebration Event

As part of GM AHSN's Patient Safety Collaborative in partnership with AQuA, we invite you to this event - your chance to celebrate the success of the programme.

Reflections from the GM AHSN Public Experience Group

Sumaira Naseem, Karen Hasid and Alan Campbell are members of the GM AHSN Public Experience Group. In this blog they discuss their experiences of the group so far.

TITCH Manchester Workshop Overview

Following on from an event held in Sheffield in December 2015, the TITCH Manchester workshop took place on March 2nd, 2016, at Citylabs.

Pitch to TITCH - seeking innovative solutions for paediatric unmet needs

Are you an innovator with a solution to an unmet paediatric need? Then look no further!

HMR: A test bed for Innovation

Health in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) could be transformed for future generations thanks to an innovative new project that will better predict and prevent ill health like heart and...

Pitch to TITCH - seeking innovative solutions for paediatric unmet needs

Are you an innovator with a solution to an unmet paediatric need? Then look no further!

Following the success of our recent Pitch to TITCH event, delivered in partnership with Central...

TITCH Manchester Workshop Overview

Following on from an event held in Sheffield in December 2015, the TITCH Manchester workshop took place on March 2nd, 2016, at Citylabs.

Funding Boost for Urgent and Emergency Care Services From SBRI Healthcare

£1.3 million awarded to develop innovative new technologies that reduce pressures on A&E

Greater Manchester AHSN has been jointly leading this call with SBRI Healthcare, an NHS...

The good news about NHS procurement

Nick Allen is procurement advisor for GM AHSN, where he puts more than 30 years of NHS experience to use, helping companies get their products into public sector healthcare.

April Manchester Ecosystem Event

Manchester Ecosystem - GM AHSN Meeting: 'Improving Health and Social Care through data' - Registration now open

GM AHSN leads bid for Reference Site status

The GMAHSN – as part of a wider partnership across Greater Manchester – is leading the development of a bid to apply for Reference Site status as part of the European Innovation...

GM AHSN supports Salford CCG in trialling innovative new app

Eccles and Irlam will be the home of a new innovative pilot aimed to help identify those residents at risk of Atrial Fibrillation (AF), a major cause of strokes.

Greater Manchester AHSN becomes PRSB liaison member

Greater Manchester is the first AHSN in the country to become a Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) liaison member.

Central Manchester NHS Trust adopts ZedScan™

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) has adopted pioneering new technology - ZedScan™ - to improve the speed and accuracy in diagnosing pre-cancerous conditions of...

AF Association Report Published

A new report was published last week by the AF Association, entitled ‘In pursuit of excellence the prevention of AF-related stroke’.

Genomic medicine courses for healthcare professionals at the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is now providing a new MSc in Genomic Medicine to train healthcare professionals from diverse disciplines (e.g. medicine, nursing, scientists and technologists) for...

1,000 patient case study published for ZedScan™

Zilico Ltd has published a 1,000 patient case study for its cervical cancer diagnostic system, ZedScan™.

The patient review in to the routine use of ZedScan as an adjunct to colposcopy...

Senior citizens in Manchester play computer games to prevent falls

Neighbours Joy (80) and Bert (90) who live in Sale, Manchester, have been keeping active by trialling new computer games designed specifically to prevent older people suffering falls, called...

HMR: A test bed for Innovation

Health in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) could be transformed for future generations thanks to an innovative new project that will better predict and prevent ill health like heart and...

GM-wide Provider Company

Aneet Kapoor, Chair of the Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee, discusses new developments in the way pharmacy services are provided in Greater Manchester.

North West Learning and Development Collaborative launched

The North West Leadership Academy, in partnership with GM AHSN and three other North West-based health organisations has launched The North West Learning and Development Collaborative, creating a...

SBRI Healthcare Funding for Manchester-based SME

Last week SBRI Healthcare announced the winners of their latest competition for funding, for projects to improve the care of older people with multiple morbidities.

Technology Innovation Challenge call now open!

Calling all innovators! GM AHSN is once again working with MIMIT, to fund companies developing products and solutions to unmet healthcare needs.

Greater Manchester LEP awarded new Life Science Enterprise Zone

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has awarded a new Life Science Enterprise Zone to the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.

AF Aware Week

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science network is working with clinicians across the region to improve patient care and reduce deaths from preventable strokes.

Greater Manchester AHSN Engagement Forum

We are in the process of planning our first ever Engagement Forum, and would strongly encourage staff from our member organisations to register to attend now!

TITCH Workshop - Some places still remaining!

TITCH - Technology Innovation Supporting Child Health is running a workshop on Wednesday 2nd December about Identifying Problems and Challenges

New vision to improve independence for people with learning difficulties

This story was originally published in the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Devolution e-Bulletin

GM AHSN’s accelerator programme funds a new product which could reduce the pressure on blood supplies

Manchester-based SME, SwabTech Ltd, has developed a prototype for an automatic SwabWasher which enables swabs to be washed consistently, automatically and efficiently with minimal intervention from...

Datawell Reference Board

Our latest reference board meeting was held on June 24th, 2015.

Mobilise the NHS

Mobilise the NHS - A unique opportunity to bring clinicians and SMEs together to improve patient care

Are you interested in participating in an Innovation Partnership?

GM AHSN would like to invite companies who may be interested in delivering this project with the AHSN to a market event on the 17th March between 9:30am and 12:00pm at the Greenheys Building on...

AHSN survey published

To help understand the impact being made by AHSNs across the country, NHS England commissioned an independent stakeholder survey, and today the results – both national and local – are...

Greater Manchester AHSN stakeholders are invited to take part in an NIHR study mapping new contacts established at or through AHSNs to support regional economic development and wealth creation.

An NIHR funded research project to investigate the dynamics of leadership and knowledge circulation within and around AHSNs is being delivered by King’s College London and Warwick Business School.

Dallas event in partnership with Devo Manchester

Innovate UK – the government's innovation agency – launched a large-scale demonstrator programme called Dallas (delivering assisted living lifestyles at scale), three years ago,...

Health economics metrics to support the case for prevention report

A new report, Health economics metrics to support the case for prevention, commissioned by Public Health England, sets out and reviews the interactive return on investment and prioritisation tools...

Haelo Improving Medicines Safety: Learning Session 2

At the start of this month, GM AHSN partners Haelo ran the second in their series of learning sessions on Improving Medicines Safety. Throughout the event the team kept a live blog updated.

Happy Birthday to our Innovation Nexus!

Our Innovation Nexus - is one year old this week! We launched the Nexus last October to provide support to medtech and healthcare SMEs in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and...

Our support for SMEs and increasing NHS procurement spend on SMEs is featured in the HSJ

One of the core objectives of AHSNs is the creation of wealth through the spread of new products and services, which at Greater Manchester AHSN, we are addressing in part with a programme of...

GM AHSN's Health & Implementation workstream

Donal O’Donoghue is Medical Director at GM AHSN. In this blog he explains the focus of the Health and Implementation workstream.

Greater Manchester AHSN to jointly lead latest SBRI Healthcare call for innovative projects to reduce pressure on urgent and emergency care

SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, today announced the launch of its latest clinically-led competition...

Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change & Wellbeing – EU funding, research and collaboration opportunities for 2016/17

Next month an event will be hosted in Leeds by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), the Knowledge Transfer Network, the Medical Research Council and the NHS European Office

Relaunch of Interactive Healthcare Fund

GM AHSN is proud to announce the second round of the North West Interactive Healthcare Fund, which was launched in 2014 in conjunction with Creative England.

University of Manchester and Manchester-based SME Keep it Usable work together on award-winning app

A collaboration between The University of Manchester and a local user experience (UX) design agency, Keep it Usable, has resulted in an app so innovative that it was recently the subject of a...

UK’s Minister for Life Sciences celebrates the success of GM AHSN’s Innovation Nexus

Speaking at the Health & Social Care Expo in Manchester last week, Minster George Freeman spoke of the current opportunities and challenges facing the NHS.

Manchester Ecosystem - GM AHSN Meeting

'How Can Connected Health Improve Patient Pathways?' The Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem and the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network are pleased to announce that our...

Greater Manchester to lead in the way in creating a world-class health innovation system

Leaders across healthcare research, academia and industry have come together to launch a unique partnership at NHS Expo on 2nd September

The AHSN Network at the Health and Care Innovation Expo – 2 and 3 September, 2015

Next month sees the Health and Care Innovation Expo, one of the main events in the health and social care calendar, attracting around 5,000 visitors, returning to Manchester.

World’s first instant nutrient milkshake for dysphagia sufferers

With funding for a clinical evaluation from GM AHSN's Technology Innovation Challenge, Slõ Drinks have designed Slõ Milkshakes, the first instant nutrient milkshake for dysphagia sufferers.

Health 2.0 and Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN) – working to bring innovators, patients, carers and service users together

Cara Afzal and Idalia Dawidowska report back from three Health 2.0 MCR workshops "Design products people want to use"

AHSNs – a chance to have your say: survey

During July, NHS England is conducting a survey of all Academic Health Science Networks, providing a key opportunity for stakeholders to feedback on their experience of working with the AHSNs.

North West Companies to Receive £175k for Innovative Digital Healthcare Solutions

Four companies across Manchester and Liverpool have been selected to receive £30k - £50k each to develop cutting-edge digital solutions to help improve data flow and patient wellbeing.

Innovation Nexus supports Med-Tech companies move to Manchester

Innovation Nexus has supported several med-tech companies to open offices and laboratories in the North West over the last few months.

SBRI Healthcare Funding Call Now Open: older people with multiple-morbidities

SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, has announced the launch of the latest SBRI Healthcare competition.

Improving Medicines Safety Learning Session 1

We held a great event today - our first learning session for the Breakthrough Series Collaborative run in conjunction with Haelo. Read the highlights of the day here .

GM AHSN supports £1m leveraged funding for SMEs

SMEs are benefiting from £1 million funding leveraged through GM AHSN's work, which is directly leading to job creation for the local area.

Innovation Partnership Tender Process

GM AHSN has commenced an Innovation Partnership tender process to identify a company to work with the GM health system to develop and build the Datawell Exchange.

Manchester first to adopt Congenica’s SapientiaTM technology

Manchester is to become the first NHS genetics service in the country to use genome DNA sequence analysis supported by SapientiaTM, a technology developed by UK company Congenica.

GM AHSN secures 2nd big win in supporting a local company win NHS Contract

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network has secured a second big win in supporting a Manchester-based company with a three-year contract with the NHS.

Spreading innovation, improving health, promoting economic growth

GM AHSN's support for SMEs is highlighted in a new report about the transformational contribution being made by the country’s 15 AHSNs.

Spreading innovation to improve patient care

GM AHSN is providing funding to enable a local SME to engage with Fracture Liaison Services across the area in order to speed up the adoption of an innovative approach to identify patients at risk...

Improving Medicines Safety launch event

40 NHS Teams joined ourselves and Haelo this week for the launch of our Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Medicines Safety, as part of Greater Manchester AHSN's Patient Safety Collaborative.

Manchester-based SME wins SBRI funding

Congratulations to Blueberry Therapeutics, which has won SBRI funding to progress its smart wound dressing technology through feasibility studies.

Improving Medicines Safety Breakthrough Series Collaborative

Medicines are central to healthcare. They are the most common therapeutic intervention and they save lives. Ensuring medicines are delivered safety, however, is complex and in Greater Manchester 9%...

Mobilise the NHS - Day 2

Our second Mobilise the NHS, held today (April 22nd), was a great success! Read highlights of the day to see the innovative app solutions which clinicians and SMEs designed, as well as our award...

Strategic Procurement Manager vacancy

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN) is looking to recruit a Strategic Procurement Project Manager to support the delivery of the Wealth and Industry program by...

Tackling kidney disease

A productive meeting was held recently with renowned kidney health epidemiologist Paul Roderick and Southampton CLAHRC joining colleagues in Manchester.

The Q Initiative

The Health Foundation is launching a new programme to recruit 150-250 fellows to lead a  new initiative focussing on improving healthcare quality. GM AHSN is leading the process to...

Local NHS groups invited to become new tech test beds

A new initiative was launched yesterday seeking NHS groups to put themselves forward to partner up with top innovators from around the world to trial new technologies.

Medicines Optimisation Roadshow

We held a great event today about Medicines Optimisation - read our live record here

Datawell Industry Event

View our slides introducing Datawell for our industry event.

Building an innovation pipeline for nutrition and hydration

Jane Macdonald's latest blog is available to read here  supporting nutrition and hydration week.

Excellence in Supply Awards

We are jointly sponsoring this year's NHS North West Procurement Development Excellence in Supply Awards, along with North West Coast Academic Health Science Network.

Global MedTech and healthcare investment officers tour Manchester

Over 20 overseas officials from embassies and consulates across the globe spent almost two days in Manchester last week as part of a Medical Devices and Healthcare Briefing Tour organised by the UK...

Interested in participating in an Innovation Partnership?

Find out more  here  about our search to identify a company or companies to participate in an Innovation Partnership to support our Datawell Exchange programme. 

Mobilise the NHS

Mobilise the NHS brings together NHS clinical staff and small digital companies to jointly design mobile phone applications that solve clinical and care problems.

Medicines Optimisation Roadshow

We're looking forward to running a medicines optimisation roadshow, in conjunction with NHS England and ABPI, one of 15 events taking place across the UK.

Supporting innovation

Two awards of £40,000 each have been made to GM AHSN businesses as part of its recent unmet needs call around nutrition and hydration.

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