24 May 2024

New 5-year licence period

Richard Stubbs

The Health Innovation Network – formerly known as The Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) – has announced it has started its new 5-year licence period under a new name.

The Network, which acts as the innovation arm of the NHS, comprises 15 health innovation networks across England working collaboratively, both nationally and locally, to deliver spread and adoption of innovative technologies and transformational improvements for the benefit of patients, citizens, and the NHS.

The new licence, the third commission the Network has received since its inception in 2013, signals a continued focus on both increasing the uptake of innovation in the NHS and using it to create economic growth through innovator support.

As part of the new licence period, the Network also welcomes Richard Stubbs, CEO of Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber, as Chair of the Network. Stubbs, who also retains his local leadership role, has a wealth of experience in helping to shape the future of the NHS and stimulate economic growth in regional, national, and international roles. A vocal proponent of tackling health inequalities, some of his recent work has included the importance of diversity within health innovation and the potential to create better population health outcomes by levelling up regional economic growth.