Evidencing the value of the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEASHN)

Professor Pam Moule of the Centre for Health and Clinical Research is working with Dr Wendy Phillips located in the Bristol Business School, in a collaborative project led by Cardiff University, with Bath University and the University of Bristol.

The project is evidencing the value of the Academic Health Sciences Network and is supported by two newly appointed PhD students, Jackie Barker, based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and Udonna Ukeke based in the Faculty of Business and Law. Both doctoral students are focussing on different areas of AHSN activity, including patient and public involvement and the diffusion of innovation networks in the healthcare sector.

The project, led by Cardiff University, with teams from Bath University, University of Bristol and UWE, aims to  design and implement a framework and methodology to evidence the value of the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN).

Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) are inter-organisation networks which engage with systems of healthcare supply, research and innovation. They are governed by NHS licences, members and stakeholders. In broad terms, AHSNs operate to support; equality and diversity, sustainability, ethics, patient and public involvement and patient safety. Evidencing their value should relate to progress and achievement in these areas. AHSN licence objectives are to evidence impact on:

  • needs of patients and local populations
  • speed of adoption, spread of pace and scale of innovation
  • culture of partnership and collaboration
  • wealth creation (in particular SMEs in the region)

The study will be a longitudinal 5 years ‘whole network’ study based on evidencing outcomes and impact. It will involve a multi-method approach and triangulation of primary and secondary qualitative and quantitative data. Structured around case studies, Doctoral students in UWE will be particularly focussing on patient and public involvement and the diffusion of innovation networks in the healthcare sector. They will be supervised by Professor Pam Moule (HAS) and Dr Wendy Phillips (FBL).

 

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