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

Health Network North

What is Health Network North?

Health Network North is a membership-based Network, which helps its members to gain insight, and increase engagement, within a rapidly growing and vibrant, yet sometimes difficult to navigate, healthcare economy in the region.


Sign up to become a member of Health Network North

Aim of the Network

The aim of the Network is to stimulate innovation and increase economic growth through the uptake of more products within the NHS, as well as the number of products co-created with the NHS, providing valuable support via themed events and brokering.

Who is the Network for?

The Network is for member organisations, SMEs, local authorities, the voluntary sector and charities, NHS Foundation Trusts, and other healthcare organisations.

The Network will offer:

  • Access to bespoke support services available under the Innovation Pathway;
    • Provide support with product development, diversification and commercialisation;
    • Provide support with intellectual property and market research;
    • Innovation evaluation and peer review;
    • Provide support for adoption and embedding of innovations.
  • Work closely with healthcare professionals to recognise unmet health needs and bring together the NHS and local industry to co-create innovative solutions to address unmet health needs.
  • Access to dedicated learning and networking events.
  • Networking opportunities and facilitate discussions between members to enable them to benefit from the experiences of others as well as encouraging collaborations for mutual benefit.
  • Regular updates on market developments and funding opportunities.

What are the benefits of being a part of the Network?

  • Access to dedicated events and workshops providing opportunities for networking and specialist training on topics such as procurement, intellectual property, and clinical trials.
  • Access to experts in innovation and commercialism.
  • Facilitating introductions to key NHS organisations and Industry partners.
  • Up to date information regarding the latest regional health sector news and funding opportunities

For more information contact: [email protected]

What is the cost of being a member of Health Network North?

Membership of Health Network North is free of charge to all companies and health and care staff.


“The health care system can be a notoriously difficult landscape to access for industry. Health Network North was created to help remove some of the barriers faced by the business community to enable an environment where the NHS and industry can co-create innovative solutions to unmet health needs.

“Since the inception of Health Network North, we have supported scores of SMEs on product development through to commercialisation.

We’ve also developed an extensive events programme which provides a platform for SMEs and NHS innovation leads across the North East and North Cumbria to share knowledge and explore collaboration opportunities.”

Dr Nicola Hutchinson, CEO, AHSN NENC


“At the Innovation SuperNetwork we’re proud to part-fund, through our ERDF project, the work of Health Network North as a regional Innovation Cluster. It acts as a critical link between innovative regional businesses and the NHS to bring sustainable solutions into the health service. As one of five Clusters, Health Network North has access to innovation expertise in a range of sectors and is well placed to bring about collaborative, dynamic and disruptive innovation to tackle currently unmet healthcare needs within the NHS. This is exemplified by its agile response to the Covid-19 pandemic, when it leveraged its position and relationships to quickly and effectively source appropriate support and supplies into the health service, including PPE”.

Estelle Blanks – CEO, Innovation SuperNetwork



For more information about Health Network North please email: [email protected]