Cracking the innovation nut: Diffusing healthcare innovation at pace and scale

01 / 06 / 2015

While the UK has a strong track record of innovations that have changed the face of medicine and healthcare globally, the NHS has a less positive record of adopting innovation and best practice at pace and scale. AHSNs were established in the summer of 2013 by NHS England to help address the challenge of diffusion.

This briefing outlines some of the lessons that AHSNs have learned in their first 18–24 months of operation with regards to diffusing innovation and best practice at pace and scale. It includes examples of how AHSNs are working with the NHS, industry and others to overcome the challenges and gives recommendations to enable progress in this area.

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