Monday, 11 February 2013

NHS Open for Business ?

East Midlands AHSN

There will soon be a new "kid on the Block", with the aim of opening the NHS for business!

I thought readers may well be interested to hear of these new organisation that will make the NHS much more user friendly for business - be it research, trials, or marketing!
So here’s a “heads up” on the forthcoming launch of one - the East Midlands AHSN.

EMAHSN’s vision is “The transformation of patient access, experience and outcomes...through innovation and enterprise working” ( provides a general overview). Working with Industry, and facilitating such, is central to their approach.  They aim to be a one stop shop for industry interaction with the NHS in EM, for all purposes: be that adoption of new products, user testing / product development, clinical trials, or clinical research; or indeed assisting NHS derived innovations to be commercialised and the promotion of clinical needs  to industry to expedite the development of new interventions.  The organisation will become ‘live’ April 2013.

A specialist industry support unit will facilitate the one-stop-shop for industry, assisted by a web-portal, and a small seed funding activity will help new innovative ideas get started.  A series of events to highlight the NHS’ clinical “Priority Needs” and enabling networking between industry and clinicians is being planned, and regular Networking events will follow, as will attendance at Biotech/Pharma/MedTech sector events.

personally, I'm proud to be involvement as the Commercial Adviser for this industry facing component, and as such I would be delighted to provide more information on request ?