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Wessex Academic Health Science Network takes over from the Wessex HIEC

The Wessex Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC) programme has now formally ended following the establishment of the Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).  

The Wessex AHSN will now take on the role of supporting the development and spread of innovation across the Wessex area in concert with other regionally based AHSNs across England.

The Faculty has been instrumental in establishing the new AHSN, taking responsibility for drafting the original ‘Prospectus' and playing a major role in setting up the new organisation. The HIEC website platform ‘WIRES' has also been transferred to the AHSN. The AHSN will become a separate ‘Company Limited by Guarantee' based on the University Science Park at Chilworth (see www.wessexahsn.org). A new management team for the AHSN is now in place led by Martin Stephens.

Chris Hawker has been working to establish the Centre for Implementation Science (CIS) in the Faculty as a core part of the AHSN as well as continuing to support the AHSN development. The CIS will also work alongside the NIHR Wessex CLARHC, ensuring the AHSN makes use of the Faculty's experience and research knowledge in successful innovation.

HIEC staff Kevin Brooks and Katherine Barbour have moved from the Faculty to work with the AHSN, while Sara Moseley has taken a post with a national consultancy organisation.

Caroline Powell has been appointed to lead the Centre for Implementation Science, She will also be a full member of the AHSN Management Team. The CIS will be based in Building 67 alongside the new NIHR Wessex CLARHC office in the level 2 extension.

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