Wessex Academic Health Science Network

The Wessex Academic Health Science Network aims to deliver life-long health benefits through system-wide collaboration, accelerating the emergence of new technologies, services and wealth, whilst facilitating rapid knowledge exchange and uptake into education and training.

The Network covers a population of three million across 10 Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Wessex AHSN aligns with the footprints of nine local authorities, bringing together 12 NHS Trusts and five Universities.

With well established joint working across our geography based on patient flows, clinical networks, educational and research arrangements, the Wessex AHSN is also engaging with local and UK-wide industry, building on its partners’ established links.

Find out more at wessexahsn.org, 023 8059 7845, wessexhiec@soton.ac.uk


Our vision is to bring discovery and innovation into the Wessex health system so that the population has better health and benefits from a thriving health innovation sector. This will be driven through a focus on tackling key local health issues over individuals’ whole life course and across entire patient pathways.

The Network aims to:

  • Ensure that people across our region can expect the same, high quality of care regardless of location or provider through collaborative service improvement and innovation programmes
  • Rapidly translate research into practice, promote adoption and spread of innovation – including timely implementation of NICE technology appraisals – through efficient knowledge exchange
  • Work with the NIHR research networks to support delivery of clinical trials to time and to target, by facilitating research initiation and supporting patient participation
  • Use information systems to support quality and care delivery improvements, improving access, understanding the impacts of our interventions and identifying emergent issues
  • Provide an open door to health and university expertise for industry, to enable the design, development and investment in new services and technologies
  • Work with our regional Local Education and Training Board (LETB) to ensure education and training programmes draw on emergent best practice, and foster an innovative, improvement–focused workforce in long-term support of our goals.