About NHIP

** This animation was created in 2022. The Academic Health Science Network (AHSC) has since changed its name to Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria (HI NENE)**

NHIP Vision

We aim to become the most integrated and innovative Academic Health Science Partnership in the world, working with innovators to discover, develop and deliver new solutions in healthcare, improving the population’s health for North East and North Cumbria citizens.

The Partners work collaboratively to translate world-class research and innovation into real world benefit, improving the population’s health and generating economic growth for the North East and North Cumbria region.

Academic Health Science Centres are designated by NHS England and NHS Improvement and the National Institute for Health Research for demonstrating excellence in health research, health education and patient care.

Our Strategic Priorities

Research & Translation

Building on excellent science, our research and innovation will translate discovery into real world benefit, reducing inequalities and improving health outcomes.

Economic Growth

We translate innovation into practice to develop and commercialise products to stimulate economic growth and support population health and wellbeing.

People & Culture

By building a culture of collaboration, and keeping citizens at the heart of our agenda, we are building a more resilient and skilled future-facing workforce and maximising local economic opportunities.


Professor David Burn

“The health challenges faced by our region make the AHSC particularly important. The centre will catalyse work in making a significant improvement to the health, wealth and wellbeing of a population of 3.2 million people.

“We are stronger if we work together and the collaborative efforts taking place to do our best to protect people against coronavirus is a prime example of this.”


Dame Jackie Daniel

“This is an exciting opportunity for Newcastle Hospitals, which further cements our close links with the local authority, Newcastle University and other partners.

"Research and collaboration between organisations plays a huge part in providing the best possible, high quality care for patients and improving health and wellbeing. We need to work together to look at early discoveries and take them all the way through to ground-breaking care and treatment.”


Dr Nicola Hutchinson

“We look forward to playing a key role in translating research outputs into patient benefit and economic growth for the region, by supporting the evaluation, adoption and dissemination of innovation at pace and scale.”


James Duncan

"We have a huge opportunity in working together across the Newcastle Health Innovation Partners, to actively use our expertise, knowledge and experience in the fields of innovation and research to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. By working together we can be more than the sum of our parts and we are delighted to be at the heart of this work."


Pam Smith

"I believe strongly that by working in partnership we can maximise the leverage and impact of our collective knowledge, skills and ambition to achieve the very best outcomes for the people of this region.”

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