About us

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) is one of 15 AHSNs across England. The AHSN Network was established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale - improving health and generating economic growth.

We work in partnership with NHS trusts, SMEs, care homes and universities to spread innovations at scale and pace, ensuring that new healthcare and life sciences tools are available wherever they can make a difference. By enabling the healthcare system to take advantage of innovations that can help to save time, money and lives, the WMAHSN is working to bring the West Midlands the future of health and social care, today.

Our mission statement

WMAHSN leads, catalyses and drives co-operation, collaboration and productivity between academia, industry, health and care providers and commissioners, and citizens, accelerating the adoption of innovation to generate continuous improvement in the regions health and wealth.

Our values

The West Midlands AHSN maintains a shared purpose and shared endeavour across its members and partners; it will at all times be honest, transparent, inclusive and innovative.

Our methods

In order to achieve our aims, we:

  • Bring together our members - NHS commissioners, providers of NHS services, industry, academia, the third sector and patients, carers and the public - to identify healthcare innovations and successfully spread them at scale and pace throughout the West Midlands and beyond
  • Bring about collaborations - between education, training, research, informatics and healthcare delivery
  • Work with all who have a stake in health provision across the region - to build on the West Midlands’ growing reputation for adopting cutting edge technology to transform healthcare. Our vision is for the West Midlands to have a worldwide reputation for delivering healthcare through digital technology that is proven to offer improved outcomes, creates wealth and is sustainable
  • Offer networks where information can be shared and relationships built, successes shared and celebrated and solutions to healthcare challenges are identified
  • Provide an innovation pipeline - bringing new ideas together with industry expertise and investment, as well as access to leading centres of applied health research.