We connect, entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and big business with those working in the health and care system, voluntary sector and public health.
Funded by NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Government’s Office for Life Sciences, Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) are the innovation arm of the NHS.
If you have a product or service ready for use in the NHS or you need some support to scale up, we can help ‘bridge the gap’. We help companies through the healthcare maze, saving them time and money, and help them understand how the system works.
The ‘Bridging the Gap’ team provides workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and unique networking opportunities to support you to navigate the healthcare landscape. We can help in the following areas:
We connect, entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and big business with those working in the health and care system, voluntary sector and public health. Helping companies navigate organisational complexity, opening doors to new markets and improving services for patients.
The health system is complex, and it can be difficult to know where to get the help. We offer support and advice to companies and innovators to develop a successful product or service launch.
We can direct you to a range of local and national funding opportunities offering investment at all stages of product and service development – from early stages through to testing and commercialisation.
AHSNs work with the NHS and government to run a range of national programmes that can provide routes to market for companies.
‘Bridging the Gap’ identify, test and spread new and better ways to save money and improve services for patients by connecting health and social care, industry, researchers and the voluntary sector. There is a challenge for health and social care staff to see what technologies are available. Similarly, there’s a challenge for product and technology developers (industry) to know what’s needed.