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‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ reinforces role of AHSNs to foster innovation

NHS England has today (31 March 2017) published ‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ which sets out how the NHS will deliver practical improvements while transforming the way that care is delivered to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives.

Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) will play a key role in supporting delivery of the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) during 2018/19, which is also when AHSNs will start a new licence period.

The document makes reference to the roles that AHSNs will play in helping to create the sustainable NHS of the future. In particular it recognises the support they give to Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), with challenges such as demand moderation, quality and safety improvement and accelerating the deployment of new technology. AHSN partnerships with test beds, vanguard sites and primary care will be crucial as the health and care system evolves and moves towards greater sustainability with new models of care.