Industry roundtable discussions inform AHSN Network support offer

AHSN Network Industry Roundtable Lessons learned and lived experiences of industry during the pandemic – how these can help us reset health and care together


The AHSN Network is planning a series of “Bridging the gap” events this autumn aimed at providing support, information and advice for innovators across industry.

The plans have been developed following a roundtable discussion hosted by the AHSN Network to listen to the experiences and challenges faced by industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The roundtable, titled “Lessons learned and lived experiences of industry during the pandemic – how these can help us reset health and care together”, was primarily an opportunity to hear from industry.

The group discussed how the views and experiences of industry could be taken forward and inform the NHS Reset process as we move into “phase 3” of the response to the pandemic.

The discussions highlighted many ways that industry and the NHS achieved remarkable transformations in the way care and services are delivered for patients in recent months. Industry colleagues shared examples of the challenges and opportunities COVID-19 presented to health companies. NHS colleagues shared insights into the ‘staggering’ rate of uptake and advancements, particularly in the use of digital technologies, emphasising the need to maintain this momentum and the benefits these innovations can bring.

Participants also recognised some very real challenges that need to be urgently addressed. These included interruptions to non-COVID services that understandably went on hold during the pandemic, and ensuring they are restarted safely, efficiently and managing the consequences of delayed care. As the NHS goes into “phase 3” of its COVID response, including accelerating the return of non-COVID related services and planning for winter, the involvement of industry will be more important than ever to help deliver improved patient care and outcomes.

Organisations joining the AHSN Network in this virtual roundtable included:

  • Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
  •  British In Vitro Diagnostic Association (BIVDA)
  • Digital Health and Care Alliance (DHACA)
  • Association of British Health Industries (ABHI)
  • Health Foundation
  • Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC)
  • NHSX
  • Office for Life Sciences (OLS)
  • Spirit Health Group
  •  NHS Confederation

Read more and watch short films from the discussion online here

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