Introducing the Innovation Agency


Meet our Chief Executive Dr Phil Jennings, describing the role of the Innovation Agency

We are the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North West Coast, one of England’s 15 AHSNs in the AHSN Network acting as the innovation arm of the NHS.

We are commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences to deliver programmes, support and innovations for adoption and spread in our region.

We support the discovery, development and deployment of innovative solutions through the North West Coast Innovation Pipeline.

We lead on National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NPSIPs) in our region as well as programmes selected by the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative.

We are funded by ERDF to deliver our business support offering.

Our Coaching Academy delivers a variety of learning experiences aimed at building a healthy culture for developing, spreading and adopting innovations.


Our goals


Increase the spread and adoption of innovation through collaboration

We connect regional networks of our partners across all sectors: NHS, academia, local authorities, the third sector, businesses and the public.

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Develop cultures that promote equity and allow innovation to thrive

Our Coaching Academy delivers coaching and leads innovator communities to support a culture of innovation and improvement.


Stimulate economic growth and create jobs in the health and life sciences sector

We deliver support to small and medium-sized businesses whose healthcare products have the potential to achieve improvements. 

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Our goals 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.

We understand the needs of our health systems and are well placed to broker innovative solutions, while collaborating across England to take what works best and quickly spread it nationally, responding to the diverse needs of patients and our population through partnerships and collaboration.

Our work is overseen by a Board of partners who help to shape our plans, provide insight into the needs of the region and act as our ambassadors for innovation.

Our region


Our region covers Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria, with around 4.1 million residents.  We work with two integrated care systems, NHS providers, universities and a large number of life science companies and small to medium size businesses, as well as networks of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations.

Our teams collaborate with our partners to deliver transformations and improvements in healthcare.

Our values





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