Health Innovation Network

The Health Innovation Network is a new partnership across South London that will drive lasting improvements in patient care by sharing innovations across the health system and capitalising on teaching and research strengths.

The creation of Academic Health Science Networks were announced in December 2011 in the government’s Innovation, Health and Wealth report, as a way to ‘align education, clinical research, informatics, innovation, training and education and healthcare delivery’ at a local level.

In October 2012, the Health Innovation Network submitted a bid to the Department of Health to develop a new partnership across South London.

As well as St George’s, South London Health Innovation Network members include King’s Health Partners, The Royal Marsden, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and The Royal Hospital for Neurodisability as well as a number of local authorities, hospices, community providers, GP practices and academic institutions.

The four main objectives of the Health Innovation Network will be to:

1. bring academic and scientific rigour to service improvement;

2. focus on key public health issues in south London;

3. deliver lasting improvements on a wide scale across the whole of South London;

4. generate wealth for the local economy and improvements to patient care at the same cost or reduced investment.