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The challenges we face

Companies, especially SMEs, can face significant challenges to introduce their new and innovative products into the NHS. The complexity of public procurement, patient safety and a risk averse culture across multiple organisations can be daunting. The Innovation Nexus aims to provide a single source of resource that can help companies, particularly SMEs, understand the steps that need to be taken to support their business planning and engage with the NHS more easily, thus progressing the adoption of their innovation at pace and with fewer unanticipated obstacles.

a fully funded intensive support programme for life science SMEs working in Greater Manchester

How can the Innovation Nexus help me?

Speak directly to a GM AHSN advisor with NHS expertise

Help with navigating NHS procurement

Information about funding and investment

Help with setting up a trial of your innovation

Information on science parks and office locations

Connect you with relevant organisations


Free industry support from NHS experts

If you are a business with an innovative product or service that you believe has the potential to benefit the healthcare market, the Innovation Nexus can give you access a network of specialist advice and support.

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Our support for SMEs and focus on increasing NHS procurement spend on SMEs is featured in the HSJ

One of the core objectives of AHSNs is the creation of wealth through the spread of new products and services, which at Greater Manchester AHSN, we are addressing in part with a programme of support for local SMEs.

The AHSN has set itself ambitious targets, for job creation and investment as well as procurement spending; by 2018 when its five year licence ends, it intends to be able to demonstrate there has been a 10 per cent increase in NHS procurement spend with local SMEs. To do this, it requires a baseline of current procurement spending with local SMEs, against which future measurements can be compared.

So GM AHSN commissioned North West Procurement Development to conduct a review of NHS provider procurement in its footprint (Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and east Cheshire).

In establishing this baseline, it has provided its NHS members with invaluable insight on their procurement data and performance when it comes to spend with SMEs. Read the article here