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NHS Chief backs role of Academic Health Science Networks

New NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has backed Academic Health Science Networks to promote science, research and the rapid spread of useful improvement.

Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference he said: “…AHSNs have such an important role. If we get our act together, what the NHS potentially has to offer – that many other health systems don’t – is a unique combination of biomedical research, population-orientated primary and specialist care serving diverse patient groups, longitudinal data (to allow matching of phenotypes wit genotypes), an aligned financing system, and a rigorous focus on value creation.”

Read the full speech here (reference to AHSNs in section 3)