The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) recognises that building and maintaining strong relationships and partnerships with core members and affiliates is fundamental to its success.

The region consists of numerous key participants and the Network is already working in partnership with a number of groups including the NIHR Clinical Research Network, Clinical Networks, the Local Education Training Board, NHS Innovations North, higher education providers and industry partners, to ensure the effective delivery of the agenda.

By developing and maintaining facilitative relationships with members, the Network will share knowledge and translate ideas into practice; use knowledge and experience of clinical staff to act as change agents to adopt and diffuse new practice across organisations and support the research community to develop knowledge.

To achieve real results, the Network also works in close collaboration with other AHSNs as well as with other national organisations, such as NICE, and additional partnerships will be developed where appropriate, for example, with the third sector, external support organisations, such as The North East Leadership Academy (NELA), and the private healthcare sector.