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


About the Innovation Agency

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

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

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 goals

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.

  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.

economic growth
and create jobs in the
health and life sciences

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

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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, CCGs, 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.

We have offices in Daresbury, Liverpool and Preston and our teams collaborate to deliver transformations and improvements in healthcare.

Our values


Think, help, listen.

Building relationships.

Tenacity in face of adversity.

Engaging all voices
Reaching out to diverse groups and communities.

Doing things differently.

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