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#NHS70Innovations: celebrating 70 years of the NHS with a 70-day calendar of NHS innovations

NHS 70 innovations imageIn the run-up to the NHS 70th birthday celebrations on Thursday 5 July, the AHSN Network is teaming up with NHS Digital to showcase some of the latest healthcare innovations via an online calendar.

Behind every door is a new innovation already making a difference to patients, carers, staff and NHS organisations.

Explore the countdown calendar at and follow the #NHS70Innovations hashtag on social media.

The innovations featured include new technologies and devices, new ways of working and service improvements. Our care home hydration initiative was highlighted on day 5.

Most of these advances have been developed with the support of Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) – individually and collectively, including some born in our region.

Noel Gordon, chair of NHS Digital said: “The #NHS70innovations campaign is a great showcase for our inspirational clinical entrepreneurs, our vibrant small and medium NHS enterprises and the enthusiasm of patients and clinicians to adopt the best of our new, digital technologies.”

Mike Hannay, chair of the AHSN Network, said: “From its earliest days, the NHS has been at the forefront of medical advances to support diagnosis, treatment and care, and the AHSN Network is proud to support this work into the next 70 years.

“Many of the new healthcare innovations we’ve helped to develop are already being used to benefit both patients and NHS staff. England’s 15 AHSNs collaborate with industry, researchers and NHS organisations to find the very best new solutions that meet real needs, and our role is then to help spread these across the health service.

“Through the #NHS70Innovations campaign we are celebrating these innovations that are already having an impact both locally and nationally, empowering people to take more control of their own wellbeing and freeing up valuable clinician time to focus more on providing patient care.”