WMAHSN celebrates successes in annual report

28 July 2017

The latest annual report from WMAHSN has been published.

The WMAHSN launched the report at its recent Celebration of Innovation Event and Awards, which saw more than 400 people gather at the Hilton Metropole at Birmingham’s NEC to see how the 40 plus programmes supported by WMAHSN this year are having an impact on the local population.

The report examines the impacts the programmes are bringing about in health improvement, adoption and spread, innovation and economic benefit. 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 impact of WMAHSN’s membership scheme, and how the range of membership support networks and services has brought added benefits for the 14 NHS and academic premium members, covering 71,664 staff. The results of the second AHSN annual stakeholder survey are also explored, which showed that three-quarters of respondents would recommend working with the WMAHSN.

This year, the WMAHSN has produced two version of its annual report, a print version and an interactive digital version with animated graphics and videos. A video rundown of the year is also available.

Dr Christopher Parker, Managing Director of the WMAHSN, said: “Our prime purpose continues to be improving health outcomes and generating wealth by driving the adoption of proven innovations at scale and pace. Our long-term vision was that West Midlands AHSN becomes pivotal to the generation of a healthier region in which there is access to quality, person-centred care, and this is now happening.

“While some of our programmes already enhance health outcomes and patient experience, others have laid the foundations for longer term improvements. This year, more than 27,000 people have benefitted from screening activity as a result of projects conducted by or with our AHSN’s involvement, while nearly a further 15,000 people have gained from health interventions. In addition, we have trained over 4,000 staff, and in all 294 West Midlands sites have implemented our innovations. Industry has benefited from our input, too, with 1200 plus companies supported by the West Midlands AHSN this year and the local economy has seen £15.6m investment leveraged for the region.

“All this work is made all the more remarkable by the fact that, despite expansion this year, the West Midlands AHSN core team remains relatively small. The staff should be proud of their many achievements across the board.”

If you would like a hard copy of the WMAHSN Annual Report 2016/17, please contact Sarah Millard on 0121 371 8058 or email sarah.millard@wmahsn.org

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