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NISW supporting NHS Innovators in the SW peninsula: NISW & SWAHSN announcement

1st April 2016

In 2013, SW AHSN commenced working in the innovation arena in response to an NHS England imperative to increase the pace and scale of innovation and its adoption in the NHS.  In taking on this role, it was envisaged that SW AHSN would work, with a South West perspective, in tandem with the established NHS Innovations South West (NISW).  NISW was established in 2006 to develop the innovation skills capacity of organisations, and facilitate the identification, creation, and commercialisation of innovations, firstly within the NHS in the South West of England, secondly throughout the NHS nationally and, lastly, throughout healthcare services globally.   

Dr Alan McLeod, initially a core team member of NISW, moved in 2013 to SW AHSN to drive the NHS innovation support activity on behalf of the new organisation.  Under Alan's direction over the past 3 years, SW AHSN has established an excellent foundation of support for innovation across the NHS in the South West Peninsula.  This includes the establishment of the SW IP database which captures and tracks the status of innovations from NHS organisations, a SW Peninsula regional IP framework, intellectual property advice and commercialisation guidance for numerous inventions and innovations. 

After 3 years of operation, the national AHSN remit has recently been refocused more sharply on the spread and adoption of innovation. However, the drive for NISW activities continues to focus on offering commercial support to NHS organisations by providing a service to develop innovation skills, identify, protect and develop innovative healthcare solutions and accompanying intellectual property, sourced from within the NHS. 

As a result of this shift in SW AHSN focus, and bearing in mind the existing capability and strategic position of NISW it has been agreed by both organisations that effective 1 April, 2016 the NHS Innovation support programme activities previously undertaken by SW AHSN will revert back to NISW.  To support this strategic move,  Alan will be seconded from the SW AHSN to NISW, reporting to the CEO, for a period of 12 months from 1 April, 2016 to continue his excellent work in this area and enable a smooth transition of services and support for existing SW AHSN members to the NISW by the end of the year.  A few SW AHSN members are ahead of the process with existing service agreements with NISW, which will remain unchanged as other members make the transition to secure NISW support going forward on a funded basis. 

If you have any questions about the change of service described above please contact Dr Rosie Benneyworth, Managing Director of SW AHSN on rosie.benneyworth@swahns.comor Mike McMillan, CEO of NISW on mike.mcmillan@nisw.co.uk



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