RESEARCH NHS England has confirmed the East Midlands as one of 15 new Academic Health Science Networks.

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) is a new partnership with a focus on adopting and spreading innovation and best practice.

There are 87 partners in the East Midlands AHSN serving a population of 4.8 million, including NHS, universities and industry in the counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. EMAHSN will focus on key health issues in the East Midlands, including the care of frail older people and stroke rehabilitation. 

Peter Homa, chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and interim chair for the East Midlands AHSN, said: “The East Midlands starts from a position of great strength with our excellent track record of world-class expertise in research and innovative collaboration with our university and industry partners.

“By working ever closer together across each of these sectors and sharing our ideas for innovation, we will be able to act even faster to put these innovations and ideas into practice, to further improve the health, care and outcomes for our patients.”