Nicola Bent

Chief Executive

Nicola joined Health Innovation Wessex in April 2020 from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), where she was Deputy Director of Health and Social Care and Programme Director for System Engagement.

Nicola is a registered pharmacist, who has over 20 years’ experience in health and social care, working in senior roles at national, regional and local level on implementation, quality improvement, strategy and transformational change, medicines optimisation and patient safety, and cross sector partnership working.


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Currently working on...

Covid Oximetry

Covid Oximetry - both within primary and secondary care - is an enhanced package of remote monitoring (of symptoms and oxy... Find out more >

CVD - Cardiovascular Disease

Meeting the need for improved prevention and management across Wessex - the NHS Long Term Plan states that the b... Find out more >

FeNO - Fractional exhaled nitric oxide - for the diagnosis and management of Asthma

Our Goals - The AHSNs (now renamed Health Innovation Networks) worked to support the spread of FeNO testing and to i... Find out more >

Healthy Ageing

What was the Healthy Ageing Programme? The Healthy Ageing Programme ran between 2007-2023 and built on Health Innovat... Find out more >

Lipid Management

From 2021 the 15 AHSN’s will focus on enabling the NHS to optimise lipid management in people at increased cardiovascular ... Find out more >

Medicines Optimisation

Health Innovation Wessex (HIW) is the national lead for the Health Innovation Network's Medicines Optimisation (MO) Progra... Find out more >

Mental Health

Experiencing poor mental health can cause distress and major disruption to an individual, their family, and friends.&nbs... Find out more >

National Programmes

The programmes we deliver comprise national commissions from NHS England (including supporting the Accelerated Access Coll... Find out more >

Nationally Prioritised Innovations

A key role of Health Innovation Wessex is supporting the spread and adoption of innovation. The aim of the Nationally Prio... Find out more >

Patient Safety Collaborative

Work to improve patient safety is delivered by the Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative, one of 15 Patient Safety Collabor... Find out more >

Primary and Community Care Programme

There is no shortage of innovation in the NHS, but too often innovations do not have the reach or impact that would be exp... Find out more >