This week we had our interview with the AHSN Licensing Panel which was chaired by Sir Alan Langlands, CE of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. It included Peter Ellingworth CE ABHI; Dr Russell Hamilton, NIHR; Sir Ian Carruthers; Carol Blount ABPI; Sir John Bell Govt Life Science Champion.
As you know, this represents a defining moment on our journey. Our presentation to the panel was developed around the key points, which give shape and coherence to our vision for the AHSN.
Our approach to the panel was based on ten points about what we will do and how we will do it.
1. We are a whole system AHSN, inclusive and multi-disciplined, influential and using the levers at our disposal to facilitate, incentivise and achieve improvement.
2. Our focus is on applied research, spread and adoption.
3. There is momentum and commitment across the network, from all sectors, right across the counties.
4. Industry is engaged and will soon be even better engaged through our operating model which will re-engineer the interface between industry and potential business partners.
5. We will invest in pump priming to increase research capacity and capability.
6. Our initial priorities are already agreed – dementia and emergency care.
7. Dementia work is underway, with key players mobilised.
8. We are building on the strengths of the Enhancing Quality programme.
9. We are also building on the strengths of existing industry collaborations and experience, such as Deltex and the 3 Million Lives Pathfinder.
10. WE will contribute on the national stage – in areas such as BNP, intraoperative fluid management, and the Dementia Challenge fund.
Next week I expect to be able to share more about our plans for our first hundred days and details of how you can help us shape the network through to 2018.