Region-wide health network celebrates successes in annual report

Posted on 14 July 2016 (Permalink)

The latest annual report from the WMAHSN has been published.

WMAHSN launched the report at its recent Celebration of Innovation Event, which saw 180 delegates gather at the University of Warwick to hear how the 56 healthcare innovations supported by WMAHSN this year are already having an impact on the local population.

The outcomes of almost 40 programmes across the WMAHSN’s priorities and enabling themes are covered, looking at the impacts of innovation in bringing about lasting improvements in healthcare, as well as having economic benefits. Particular areas of focus are drawn from NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, as well as the challenges presented by the local health economy, with innovative ways to reduce the burden of disease and demand on health and social care services.

The report also covers the WMAHSN’s standard membership scheme, with a range of support networks and services offered to every NHS organisation, academic institution, life sciences company and public and third sector body in the region. The WMAHSN’s enhanced membership scheme offers further benefits and services and is now available since its launch on 1 April 2016.

Also in the report are the myriad of initiatives which have been supported by WMAHSN throughout the year, including test beds, the West Midlands Genomics Medicine Centre and the regional Patient Safety Collaborative.

Professor Michael Sheppard, Chair of the WMAHSN, said: “While some of our programmes already enhance health outcomes and patient experience, others lay the foundations for longer term improvements. This year, almost 27,000 patients have benefited as a result of WMAHSN programmes. We have supported 396 West Midlands companies and we have helped the local NHS to realise nearly £16 million in savings – a remarkable achievement by what at the centre is a very small team.”

The annual report can be found on the WMAHSN website. A handy infographic summarising the report is also available.

If you would like a hard copy of the WMAHSN Annual Report 2015/16, please contact Sarah Millard on 0121 371 8058 or email