People, places and potential

Pathfinder, the online South West AHSN innovation exchange for transforming lives in health and social care.

SW AHSN and Office of Life Sciences
AHSN Network and NHS

Innovation and scale

The South West AHSN team works closely with innovators, service providers and commissioners to bring innovation to the communities in Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

With teams of connected and knowledgeable people in health and care focussing on adoption of innovation and large scale change. We understand the complexities of system and support innovation that transforms lives.

AHSN Innovation Pathway diagram

With unique expertise and cross-sector connections across health and care. We identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to support early stage innovation as well as develop approaches for adoption and scale for proven innovations.


2.2 million people living in urban and rural areas

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of the population are over 65 years old
member organisations working with the South West AHSN
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ecosystems and strategic projects supporting innovation
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Academic Health Science Networks

There are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale – improving health and generating economic growth. Each AHSN works across a distinct geography serving a different population in each region whilst working locally, nationally and internationally with leaders in innovation. 


Feedback we have been given

“A huge thank you for your generous time today… it was incredibly helpful giving me a clearer sense of direction, particularly in the short term.”


Inspiring strategic partners working in the South West

We work together on strategic projects with a range of organisations and individuals, find out more.
University Hospitals Plymouth
Northern Devon Healthcare
Royal Cornwall Hospital
Taunton and Somerset
Yeovil Hospital
Torbay and South Devon
Royal Devon and Exeter
University of Plymouth
University of Exeter
Billions Institute
Design Council