We are pleased to announce the appointment of Pete Carpenter as our new Director of Programmes.

This is a new position being established within Health Innovation West of England (formerly the West of England AHSN), as the organisation receives confirmation of a new five-year licence from NHS England to 2028. Pete will lead an integrated team responsible for delivering a broad portfolio of programmes spanning all stages of the healthcare innovation pipeline, from discovery and development to deployment aligned to both national and local priorities.

Pete is as an experienced executive director with over 20 years’ experience working in transformation, innovation and operational delivery within health and social care systems. He has worked at Board level in Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN for several years.

Before joining the AHSN Network, Pete worked in various operational and innovation-focused roles. These include leading the improvement team at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; acute and community-based operational management; addiction, sexual health and prison healthcare services; procurement and contracting; commissioning; transformation; and training.

Pete has also lectured at Surrey University for many years on innovation adoption and quality improvement approaches, as a subject matter expert.

Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive of Health Innovation West of England, said: “We are delighted to welcome Pete Carpenter to our leadership team. Pete brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the AHSN Network, as well as significant experience as a director working in the complex innovation ecosystem of the NHS.

“Pete is committed to delivering impact through partnership and collaborative working and is passionate about quality improvement and the spread of innovation into practice.”

Pete Carpenter said: “I am excited to start in the role of Director of Programmes and really look forward to understanding local system priorities and how we can support delivery of these, as well as continuing to deliver impact as an AHSN as we move into our new licence period.

“There will be lots to do and I am eager to get cracking, as well as have some fun along the way. Whilst currently based in Sussex, my wife and I have been secretly plotting a move westward and so this is the first step in that longer term plan. My immediate tasks will be to meet with colleagues across the systems and constituent organisations, to listen and shape our delivery to best respond to our stakeholder needs and priorities.”

Pete starts his new role on Monday 18 September 2023.

Health Innovation West of England is part of a national network of organisations established by NHS England in 2013 to support the spread and adoption of proven innovation in health and care services. Find out more about the national here.

Health Innovation West of England brings together the local health service community, industry, higher education, research bodies, patients and the wider public to work in partnership. Its geography covers Gloucestershire; Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire; and Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. Find out more about us and who we work with here.

Posted on September 7, 2023

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