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The Diabetes Digital Coach test bed project is led by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), which is one of 15 AHSNs across England, established by NHS England to spread innovation at pace and scale.

The role of each AHSN is to deliver positive healthcare outcomes locally and nationally by driving the development and adoption of new innovations and making a meaningful contribution to the economy.

As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, AHSNs are catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients.

Membership of the West of England AHSN is made up of all the organisations comprising the regional health service community in our area (the seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), six acute trusts, six community health service providers, and two mental health trusts), along with three of the region’s universities (Bath, Bristol and UWE).

The West of England AHSN is delivering a broad range of patient safety, improvement and innovation initiatives involving and supporting our member organisations. Many of these are engaging with colleagues in CCGs and primary care, providing excellent foundations for the forthcoming roll-out of the Diabetes Digital Coach platform in terms of building on existing relationships.