We’ve changed our name!

Health Innovation East is the new name for Eastern AHSN from 1 October 2023.

Published: 11th October 2023

Welcome to Health Innovation East. 

As of 1 October, Eastern AHSN became Health Innovation East. 

To better reflect their role as the innovation arm of the NHS, in May 2023 the government and NHS England announced their intention to relicense England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) as Health Innovation Networks – with Eastern AHSN becoming Health Innovation East.  

Health Innovation East may have a new name, but our people and our purpose remain the same. We will continue to work with our partners to accelerate innovations into much-needed healthcare solutions. 

Piers Ricketts, Chief Executive: 

“As Health Innovation East, we will continue to work closely with our friends and partners in the NHS across the East of England, our six universities and with the extraordinary variety of life sciences, healthcare and tech companies to be found across the East of England.  The last few years have given us a fantastic platform to build on, and I look forward to further conversations on how we can support our partners to work for the benefit of patients and the NHS in the coming year.”

The 15 AHSNs were established by NHS England in 2013 to support the adoption and spread of all types of innovation within the NHS. 2023 marks 10 years since the AHSNs were created to transform the way the NHS identifies, adopts and spreads innovation. 

National AHSN initiatives have benefitted more than 2.3 million patients and generated more than £1.8 billion of investment for the UK economy since 2018 – our second five-year licence period.  

Within our third license period and under our new name, we will continue to build our impact with a focus on fostering a culture of innovation and tackling health inequalities to address the needs of our region. 

To find out more about our name change and what this means for you, read our FAQs 

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