Nev Young, Commercial Director at Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, said that by working with AAC and OLS, the AHSN Network is well placed to support new innovations.
“I have nothing but praise for the work of the AAC, which is tackling a really difficult problem and has built strong relationships with the OLS and industry,” he said.
“The AHSNs have an important role to play in that ecosystem, and we’re very pleased to be part of the delivery elements of some of the AAC work – particularly the MedTech Funding Mandate, which is a fantastically innovative approach to driving good quality technology into the NHS.”
One of the key services on offer through the AHSN Network’s Bridging the Gap service is Real World Evaluation (RWE), which explores the clinical, technical, practical and financial factors of a solution.
Nev explained that supporting innovators and the NHS to design small-scale roll outs that will provide the evidence needed for a solution to be adopted at pace and at a large scale is a key AHSN skill-set.
“Through RWE we’re able to help industry partners to present their evidence in a way that makes sense to the NHS, and we’re also able to help the NHS to be really clear about the problem they’re asking industry to solve,” he said.
“Although RWE can be the key that unlocks many doors, innovators face an ever-changing landscape, as priorities change, services adapt to meet patient needs and regulation is updated.
“As we move forward and healthcare evolves there will always be a new challenge. Bridging the Gap is a great forum for bringing people together to try and hammer out solutions, as well as identifying the future challenges.”