Who are we?

We are the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, covering Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria, with around 4.1 million residents.  Our footprint includes 22 NHS providers, 20 CCGs, nine universities and a large number of life science industry partners.

Our core purpose is to spread innovation, improve health, generate economic growth

  • We are catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale - improving health, generating economic growth and helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies.

  • We connect regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry - responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration.

  • We create the right environment for relevant industries to work with the health and social care system.

These are our Innovation Agency values

  • Do things differently

  • Enable partners to think creatively

  • Be courageous in making changes

  • Co-create, co-design, co-produce

  • Team working


Our five goals

We have a business plan which focusses on five goals, which are the result of consultation with our partners and key stakeholders about the needs of our region matched with our capabilities and complementing other organisations. The full business plan can be found here.

the Innovation Agency map


Vanguard House

Daresbury Sci Tech



WA4 4AB 

Tel: 01772 520263 or 01772 520262

Email: info@innovationagencynwc.nhs.uk