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NHS Innovations North team delivers innovation on behalf of the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, and is hosted by RTC North Ltd.

Academic Health and Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC)

The AHSNs are still a relatively new addition on the NHS landscape. The AHSN covers a broad spectrum of activity, supporting initiatives that promote the uptake of innovation to drive growth and job creation in our local economy.  The AHSN is committed to working with industry partners and the third sectors as well as involving patients and the public, to help improve both the health and economic prosperity of the region.

As the driving force behind the identification, adoption and dissemination of innovative healthcare, the AHSN has created The Innovation Pathway to facilitate the commercialisation of emerging innovation, technologies and research.  The Innovation Pathway provides assistance across the entire innovation lifecycle.  It captures the capability of AHSN partners and delivers a brokerage between the NHS, other healthcare organisations and industry to help turn ideas into reality and opportunity into commercial success.

Visit the AHSN website here for further information or email

RTC North Limited

RTC North is an independent company delivering initiatives and services to support economic growth.  Established in 1989, RTC North works with businesses to help them grow by unlocking the potential of new ideas and taking new products to new markets.

RTC North has particular expertise in the health sector, supporting health innovation through its creation and development.  Ideally placed to deliver new product and business growth services all in one place, RTC North has an expert team of skilled professionals with decades of experience of working closely with the NHS.

The NHS Innovations North service is hosted by RTC North, alongside other growth projects such as Design Network North and Enterprise Europe Network.

Visit the RTC North website for further information.

Health Innovations Alliance (HIA)

The HIA is a partnership of 7 innovation hubs throughout England.  Together, the partners build upon the individual expertise, resources and unique specialities to create a powerful national route to market.

The HIA has leveraged over £20 million of investment and delivered significant improvements across a range of sectors including Quality of Care, Patient Safety, Care in the Community, Product Innovation, Preventative Healthcare, Productivity and Cost Savings.

Visit the HIA website for further information.