The Academic Health Sciences Networks (AHSNs) have been highlighted in the NHS Long-Term Plan. The AHSNs are pointed to as key bodies within the NHS, delivering proven innovations into service.
The Networks have been given a role for the future in working as part of all the other NHS structures – Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) – to help deliver innovative tools to clinicians and patients. In their press release, the AHSNs point to Virtual Clinics, trialled in London, which can be rolled out to prevent strokes in people with atrial fibrillation (AF).
The AHSNs say:
“AHSNs will also link ever more closely with other regional support, such as Rightcare and Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), to ensure adoption of innovation and service improvement are addressed in tandem.”