We are in the process of changing our name to Health Innovation North East North Cumbria (HI NENC), in the interim you will see references to both AHSN NENC and HI NENC


Please find below a range of blogs on healthcare innovation.

Support to achieve QOF lipid targets: Primary care lipid optimisation in secondary prevention

27th September 2023

In this blog, GPSI of Cardiology, Professor Ahmet Fuat, takes us through the 23/24 QOF lipid targets and provides practical advice about how GP practices can achieve them. This year World Heart Day falls on Friday, 29th September with a…

Evaluation resources developed for innovators

13th September 2023

Dr Sean Gill

The evaluation hexagons of HI NENC’s Innovation Pathway are the ones that get me most excited. I joined the Academic Health Science Network North East North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), now Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria (HI NENC), in…

Tackling cardiovascular disease inequalities in the North East and North Cumbria

21st June 2023 - By Professor Julia Newton

As reported by the Kings Fund in 2022, Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes 1 in 4 deaths in England, and is a leading cause of morbidity, disability and health inequalities. However, CVD is largely preventable, which is why the NHS Long…

Using lived experience

22nd May 2023

Dr Angela Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist explains why someone with lived experience of trauma can help others. The term lived experience refers to that personal wisdom gained by first hand involvement. To be expert at using this, someone needs to…

The Life of a Market Researcher

16th May 2023

Market research is an integral part of the journey for innovations, and a key part of the Innovation Pathway. We sat down with our Market Researcher, Nick Harrison, to talk to him about his role, what he does for innovators,…

The positive impact of working together

11th May 2023

This month, our Chief Executive Nicola Hutchinson, reflects on the ways in which the AHSN NENC supports collaborative working between partners and the positive impact of this on our region.

Support to manage your practice hypertension targets

5th May 2023

To mark World Hypertension Day on Wednesday 17th May, we caught up with Dr Raj Bethapudi, who discusses the vital role of supporting GP practices to manage their hypertension targets. Dr Bethapudi is a partner at The Galleries Medical Practice…

Our Carbon Reduction Plan Q&A

27th April 2023

Across the country, AHSNs are supporting innovators from industry and the NHS to achieve net zero targets. Aligned to this work, at the AHSN NENC, we have developed our own internal sustainability strategy that includes a Carbon Reduction Plan. We…

Asthma care, clean air and the environment

20th April 2023

When a respiratory condition is not well controlled, it has a negative impact on an individual’s health, and the environment. Inhalers are a key treatment for many respiratory conditions, however emissions from inhalers account for approximately 3% of the NHS…

Celebrating innovation in healthcare across the region

6th April 2023

After a busy month at the AHSN NENC, our Chief Executive, Nicola Hutchinson, reflects on the innovation we have recently supported and celebrated across the region. As always, I am proud to see what continues to be achieved as a…

Complexity theory and building a network

25th March 2023

Trauma Informed Care expert Angela Kennedy who is TICA lead here at the AHSN NENC shares her thoughts on complexity theory and building a network this week on the blog. When we work towards changing culture and practice, those of…

Design thinking in Healthcare – Top Tips and Learnings

3rd March 2023

In her last blog, Digital Transformation Programme Manager, Sarah Rendall, introduced our new Design Sprints in Healthcare project, and how its working in practice to support NHS teams to create solutions to current challenges and redesign existing processes. In this…

Design Sprints in Healthcare – how design thinking can help our NHS

24th February 2023

At the AHSN NENC, we often hear about problems and unmet needs in the healthcare system. In an NHS stretched for resource, healthcare teams tell us that there isn’t always time to take a step back to assess how and…

February is #HeartMonth – do you know your risk of FH?

22nd February 2023

As February is Heart Month, our Medical Director, Professor Julia Newton, is raising awareness of how we can keep our hearts healthy and explains the importance of testing for the genetic condition Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH). People with FH are at…

Digital regulation – what does it mean for primary care? Find out at our webinar next month

17th February 2023

Regulation can be a complex topic to navigate, but it’s important that digital health technology meets NHS requirements for clinical safety, data protection, accessibility, and much more. In this blog, Rachael Forbister, Digital Transformation Programme Manager at the AHSN NENC,…