The Innovation Agency formerly the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN) is the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, covering Cheshire, Merseyside, South Cumbria and Lancashire.
The organisation is one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks in England, set up by NHS England to spread innovation, improve health and generate economic growth.
They work with key stakeholders including local businesses, 25 NHS trusts, 15 CCGs, nine universities and patients and public representatives and voluntary organisations. They describe themselves as:
- catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale – improving health, generating economic growth and helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies
- connecting regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry – responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration
- creating the right environment for relevant industries to work with the health and social care system.