CEO Announcement_@AHSN_YandH Congrats to Richard Stubbs from @CLAHRCYH #Collaboration #YH #Growth #Impact

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Stubbs as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Richard brings extensive national and regional experience as CEO having worked in a variety of NHS healthcare innovation roles over the last decade. Richard served as Interim Managing Director of the AHSN for the past 12 months, having originally joined in 2013 as the Commercial Director.

Professor Will Pope, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Chair, said: “I’m delighted that Richard has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN on a permanent basis. Richard has done an outstanding job throughout the last 12 months as interim MD and, under his leadership, we have had a very successful year. Our highlights have included our Mental Health Physical Health and Active Healthy Ageing programmes, the latter of which has seen our electronic Frailty Index included on the new NHS GP Core contract for 2017.  On behalf of myself and the board I wish him every success in his new appointment.”

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NHS Innovation Accelerator: Calls for applications open

A new search for the world’s best healthcare innovations to help improve patients’ lives has launched, focusing on key NHS priorities including mental health, primary care, and urgent and emergency care.

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative co-founded by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, hosted at UCLPartners and supported by all 15 Academic Health Science Networks, is now recruiting up to 12 Fellows representing high-impact, evidence-based innovations, sourced nationally and internationally, which address one or more of the following challenges:

  • Mental health: To ensure that people at risk of or experiencing mental health problems can rapidly access effective and convenient care and support.
  • Urgent and emergency care: To provide highly responsive, effective and personalised solutions for people with or at risk of developing urgent and emergency care needs.
  • Primary care: To support and strengthen primary care in its aim to ensure high levels of quality, satisfaction and timely access to diagnosis and treatment as close to home as possible.

The NIA aims to accelerate uptake and spread of high-impact innovations across England’s NHS. In its first 20 months, the accelerator has supported 25 Fellows to deliver uptake of innovations in 469 additional NHS organisations; with over £28 million raised in external funding, 51 jobs created, 14 awards won, and ten innovations selling internationally.

The third annual call, open until 26 July 2017, aims to recruit up to 12 new Fellows. These Fellows will be exceptional individuals with a passion and commitment for scaling innovation for greater patient benefit, and for sharing their learnings widely.

The call is open to local, national and international health and industry innovators, SMEs, clinicians and academics. Applicants have until midnight on 26 July 2017 to apply, with opportunities to sign up to face-to-face events and online webinars to receive additional support in the application process.

For more information and to apply, visit

To find out more about the Fellows and innovations currently supported by the NIA, visit

Healthcare innovators are invited to register expressions of interest for the new NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP).

The ITP was announced by NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the NHS Confederation Conference in June as part of NHS England’s commitment to the Five Year Forward View.

It aims to support the NHS in adopting innovation by removing financial or procurement barriers and creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit. This programme will be delivered in partnership with the AHSNs, sponsors, national and international experts.

Innovations (specifically medical devices, digital platforms and technologies) accepted on to the ITP will inform an innovation or technology theme, which will then be incentivised via financial or procurement support. This will enable the successful applicant’s innovation – along with any others that meet the same criteria – to be incentivised for use in the NHS.

Guidance on how to apply is available here

For the full press release click here

New Mental Health Report Launched 

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has authored a new report into the support Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) provide for NHS Trusts, patients, carers and families involved in mental health care.

The ‘Disruptive and Collaborative Mental Health Report’ is a national resource to help Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), patients and the general public to understand the exciting innovations taking place in mental health services and to demonstrate how these can be adopted and spread across service providers.

The report includes contributions from Geraldine Strathdee, former NHS England National Clinical Director and Marie Ash, health care professional and former service-user in suicide prevention.  The report also provides

  • Information on specific innovations already making a difference in mental health care that AHSNs and partner organisations are developing and supporting
  • A guide to what good innovations look like and how they should be co-produced and evidence based

To view the report click here

SBRI Healthcare Briefing Event: 26 July

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network and SBRI Healthcare are inviting individuals and organisations to learn more about the upcoming SBRI Healthcare funding competition “Cancer: Screening, Earlier Diagnosis & Faster Diagnosis,” which will open for applications at the end of July.

The free briefing event will take place on Wednesday 26 July from 10am to 1pm at Horizon, 2 Brewery Wharf, Kendall Street, Leeds LS10 1JR.

SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England funded initiative led by the Academic Health Science Networks to develop technology solutions for known healthcare challenges. The next funding round focuses on finding innovative solutions with the ability to transform screening, accelerated diagnosis and management of cancer

SBRI Healthcare welcome applications from companies with solutions that can enhance the screening, diagnosis or management of cancer. Successful applicants can receive up to £100,000 of funding for phase one (feasibility) and up to £1 million for phase two (development) for solutions that match the needs of the NHS. Further information can be found at

This briefing event will provide further details about the competition specification and application process and support available to companies across the region and the opportunity to present questions to the panel.

This will include representatives of SBRI Healthcare, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, the University of Leeds and the Leeds Centre for Personalised Medicine & Health.

Registration is from 10am for a 10.20am start with a networking lunch served from 12pm.

Click here to register for this free event


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