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The formation of AHSNs is as much about wealth as it is about health,” says Dr David Parry, CEO of SEHTA

The government is spending around £750 million over the next five years to create regional AHSNs – what will this mean for your organisation or business?

The South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) announces that it is part of a Transition Board for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex proposal to create an Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), and also features in bids from Oxford, South London and Wessex. On the 6th of November, SEHTA is running a free event - with all four of the South East AHSNs represented - for individuals and organisations to find more about this significant development in health for the region and for the UK.

In the South East, SEHTA has worked closely to help develop the bid from Kent, Surrey and Sussex and has had interactions with teams developing bids from Oxford, Wessex (Southampton) and South London.

In June this year, the Department of Health requested expressions of interest from interested parties, including NHS trusts, academia, CCGs, local authorities and industry, to create AHSNs across the UK. The request follows publication of Innovation Health and Wealth in December 2011, a report launched by David Cameron that sets out a delivery agenda for spreading innovation at pace and scale throughout the National Health Service (NHS).

The goal of AHSNs will be to improve patient and population health outcomes by translating research into practice and developing and implementing integrated health care systems. SEHTA has been part of the team writing the bid to become the Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN, and has also worked with bid teams from Oxford, South London and Wessex.

“The formation of AHSNs is as much about wealth as it is about health,” says Dr David Parry, CEO of SEHTA. “Everyone recognises the need for improved healthcare, especially in the context of people living longer and long term conditions such as Dementia increasing, but for significant financial reasons the NHS cannot carry on as it has done in the past.

“There has to be a better way of structuring healthcare in this country so that it is more streamlined and joined up in its approach, providing better patient care and value for money. Equally, innovation in the sector needs to become a valuable asset which can be sold abroad and in turn will help to fund improved healthcare in this country.”

SEHTA formed part of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN bidding team because of its experience and expertise in bringing industry, academia and clinicians closer together. SEHTA has provided significant support to companies, universities and public and private health providers through publicly funded resources and programmes.

The strategic priorities of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN will be to:

• Implement high impact innovations, push technologies and reduce unwarranted clinical variation through the uptake of NICE guidance and implementation of examples of best practice across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

• Deliver a step change improvement in the initiation and delivery of clinical research on time and on target.

• Ensure consistent delivery of healthcare services across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, ensuring coherent and consistent evaluation of metrics and data.

• Harness the combined potential of academia, industry and the NHS to deliver the innovation, consequent better healthcare provision and improved wealth opportunities across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

To register for the free event in Leatherhead on the 6th of November, visit: www.sehta.co.uk

Editors notes:

For further press information, please contact:
Glen Goldsmith
2thefore
Tel: 01483 811234
Email: glen@2thefore.co.uk

SEHTAwww.sehta.co.uk

The South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) is a company limited by guarantee, owned by its 1300 members.

Its mission is to facilitate the profitable and sustainable growth of companies and service providers in health and social care and the health technologies sector – pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics and telecare/telehealth.

SEHTA drives collaboration and provides support services to members from
Academia, Business and Care/Clinicians to address UK and international market needs

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