Published: 23 May 2013

Surrey welcomes Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network

Partnership pledges to improve the health of millions of people in the South East.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) will encourage greater collaboration between academic institutions including the University of Surrey, the NHS and industry to boost research and innovation in health care.

By encouraging organisations to work together and develop strong relationships, the ASHN will enable faster adoption and spread of proven best practice, in line with the changing needs of the population.

Its goal is to improve the quality and consistency of care across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area, which has a population of around 4.3 million, and encourage all involved in the health care sector to work as one to create economic growth.

The network will help to make the best possible use of NHS resources by improving systems so that innovation spreads more quickly, ensuring the most advanced treatments, technologies and medicines are available to patients.

In total, 15 AHSNs have been licensed to operate and will cover the whole of England.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey, said: “I am delighted that the Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN, in which the University of Surrey is a leading partner, has received formal designation from NHS England. This underscores the University’s close collaboration with industry, the NHS and our academic partners. I look forward to supporting the AHSN in our shared ambition to ensure that the results of our high-quality teaching, research and enterprise activity are translated into real benefits for patients and the economy.”

To find out more, visit the Kent, Surrey and Sussex ASHN website.

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