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NHS Confederation and the AHSN Network have a longstanding history of collaboration. These awards build on that partnership by showcasing the best initiatives, celebrating innovation in health and social care, and focusing on highlighting the delivery of positive transformation and change. 

NHS Confederation

The NHS Confederation is the membership organisation that brings together, supports and speaks for the whole healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Integration and partnership working are the driving force of healthcare. We promote collaboration and partnership working as the key to improving population health, delivering high-quality care and reducing health inequalities.

This is our central focus. We support integration across our membership, connecting different parts of the health and care system to share learning and develop solutions to shared challenges.

The members we represent employ over 1.5 million staff, care for more than 1 million patients a day and control £150 billion of public expenditure.

We support our members in three main ways:

  • We represent organisations and sectors, to ensure local organisations and systems work in the best interests of service users, citizens and staff.
  • We connect the whole healthcare system, to boost system working and develop solutions to shared challenges.
  • We support leaders to develop and hone their leadership skills, equipping leaders with tools, ideas and insights and connecting them with a community of leaders.

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The AHSN Network, which is the collective voice of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), exists to transform the way the NHS in England identifies, adopts, and spreads innovation.

The AHSN Network is a core partner in NHS England’s Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), which it supports to accelerate the uptake of ground-breaking treatments and technologies that can transform care. 

Commissioned by NHS England as well as the Office of Life Sciences, AHSNs connect industry, academia and health and care services to drive forward innovation.

We operate simultaneously as a single national network, and as fifteen locally embedded and integrated organisations with strong partnerships at place and ICS level. 

Each AHSN covers a distinct geography and tailors its offer to suit the needs of its local health and care systems. However nationally, AHSNs work together as a connected ‘network of networks’ to deliver transformation at scale.

As a Network, the AHSNs benefit from collective knowledge and expertise, and as individual organisations they understand the needs of local health systems and respond to local priorities.

Find out more about the AHSN Network and the 15 AHSNs.