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Business Development Support

We help innovators take the next step to having their ideas widely adopted. This help in building an evidence base, advice on business practices or making introductions to commissioners. To do this we form close links between industry, academia and the NHS through our extensive network across the region. The focus of our work with you is to accelerate the generation and adoption of new innovations to deliver leading-edge healthcare in the West of England and beyond.

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Support from the AHSN Network

There are 15 AHSNs across the UK, all providing support to help you develop your innovation. Here you can find out how we at the West of England AHSN can help you develop, as well as what the wider network has to offer.

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Business Development Resources

We've pulled together a library of resources to help anyone developing their business in the health & life science sector. You can use all of the resources below free of charge to help your business move forward, or you can contact us if you'd like further support with any of the resources on this page

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Adoption Readiness Tool

Our adoption readiness tool is a checklist of questions for you to consider and self-assess yourself against as to whether you're ready to be procured by the NHS. The tool will help you to identify and understand your innovation's maturity level for uptake and adoption by NHS organisations and providers.

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Business Development Support Programmes

Business Development Programmes are a great way to build your confidence and knowledge from an early stage idea right through to getting your product to market. These programmes provide a variety of support to help you solve any issues which may occur while developing your innovation.

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Market Access: Resources and key steps explained

There are a number of key steps of the product development process when developing an innovation for healthcare and assessing if it’s ready to be put out to the market. To help you realise what the next step is, we’ve structured the below resources in the form of frequently asked questions from innovators and SMEs.

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NHS resources

Whether you work in the NHS with an idea, or you just want to know more about working with the NHS, the resources on this page will answer some of the most common questions about bringing ideas into the NHS.

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Healthcare Regulation Support

The regulations around products in the health sector and the NHS can often be confusing to understand or navigate. We've developed a library of guidance and information around these regulations to help you make sense of them meaning you can move forward with your innovation with confidence.

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Real World Evaluation

Evaluation. Validation. Pilot. Feasibility study.  Whatever you call it, we offer 3 levels of Evaluation Support for your business development, from ‘Getting started Evaluation resources’ to a range of Evaluation Partners.

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