Monthly news from Eastern AHSN - August 2018
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Welcome from Piers Ricketts, CEO

Summer is in full swing and we hope that many of you are taking a well-earned break.  In the meantime, the Academic Health Science Network's continue to support local health and care partners to adopt nationally identified innovations.  In the first four months of 2018, Eastern AHSN is pleased to report:
  • Patients discharged from four of our hospitals can now be electronically referred to community pharmacists for follow on support, improving medication safety.
  • A multi-agency approach, pan health care and police is now in place in Essex to support people at high risk of crisis behaviours, improving the care available and reducing inappropriate use of other services. 
  • Mobile atrial fibrillation (AF) diagnostic devices have been rolled out across the region, increasing detection of AF and supporting timely anticoagulation.
  • We have launched our first Innovation Exchange challenges statements focussed on suicide prevention.
Innovative mental health service launched in Essex
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
has launched a brand new and innovative mental health service, Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM). Working in partnership with Essex Police and the Eastern AHSN, the service helps support those who are struggling to manage crisis and high-risk behaviours.


Helping people live well with hearing loss

We're supporting a second Living Well with a Hearing Loss workshop organised by Cambridgeshire Hearing Help. The workshop is taking place in Cambridge on Saturday 11 August9.30am to 12 noon

A participant from the first workshop told us: “I wish I’d had someone to help and support me when I first got my hearing aids. Going out into the street was so loud and the noise was deafening and it really put me off using my hearing aids. Having been to the course today I am going to go back to the audiologist and try again to get the right solution for me.”

Read more about our programme to empower people with hearing loss concerns >>
'You are our 'change catalysts' 
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England thanked the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN Network) for the impact it is having in speeding up the adoption and spread of innovation in the health service.

Speaking at the AHSN Network reception at Confed 18, he said: “You are our ‘change catalysts’ – you know what needs to be done, you’ve got the fuel in the tank to get the job done for us and we are very optimistic that you stand a real chance of producing measurable impact."

Photo L-R: Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England; Mike Hannay, Chair of the AHSN Network; Tara Donnelly, Chief Executive of the Health Innovation Network; Ian Dodge, National Director of Strategy and Innovation, NHS England
Helping NHS sites have access to the latest healthcare innovations
Eastern AHSN can help NHS teams access and benefit from the latest NHS Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT) and the NHS Innovation and Technology Programme (ITP) innovations.

The ITP supports the NHS to adopt innovative market-ready medical devices, diagnostics, digital platforms and technologies by removing financial or procurement barriers. This year, innovations that been have shown to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care have been selected. They include a medical device which improves colorectal examination for patients undergoing bowel cancer tests and an advanced image analysis software that creates a 3D model of the coronary arteries.

Spotlight on the AHSN Network’s impact and future plans
THE AHSN Network has published a new guide detailing the impact to date of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), as well as outlining future plans.

A Guide to the AHSN Network 2018 >>

People encouraged to 'Go Digital' in new NHS short films
The first three in a series of nine new films about digital health innovations in the NHS have been launched as part of #NHS70DigitalWeek. Produced by the AHSN Network and NHS England, the films show some of the latest ways the NHS is using digital technology to empower people to take control of their health and care.


Watch NHS 70 Innovation - The Digital Age
Primary Care Talks

Proactive Primary Care

In the fourth podcast of the series, Dr Chowhan meets St Albans GP and consultant Dr Steve Laitner to delve into some of Steve’s innovative approaches to delivering more proactive primary care. Steve uses population management techniques to help create a more tailored approach that caters better for each individual patient’s needs.

Listen and learn more about the projects >>


We need your innovations that can help prevent suicides

Though suicide rates in the UK have been falling over recent years, behind every statistic there is an individual story that impacts upon our region's families and communities. Eastern AHSN is hosting an innovation exchange looking at ways in which we can use innovative solutions to address some of the challenges associated with suicide prevention. We are interested in hearing from innovators who have solutions that may apply to this area and regional stakeholders interested in attending future events on this topic or participating in pilot work.

Read more >> 
Innovation profile

SBRI Healthcare competition call 

SBRI Healthcare is inviting companies to bid for funding to develop solutions for specific health needs. The focus areas are; Improving Outcomes in Musculoskeletal Disorders and Dentistry, Oral health and Oral Cancers. The deadline for applications is midday on 22 August 2018. For further information contact SBRI Healthcare on 01223 928040 or email:

Play short video on attendees talking about the support they receive from SBRI at the SBRI Healthcare Alumni Conference
SBRI Healthcare announces over £1,000,000 funding
SBRI Healthcare will be supporting 12 organisations to develop new technologies to support positive mental health treatment and to extend surgical capability and efficiency.

Seven organisations will be sharing £700k of investment, companies that have all demonstrated the potential of their innovations to help alleviate the current pressures on mental health services and support positive mental health.

Five organisations will be sharing £405k of investments. Under the overall theme of technology in surgery, these innovations were sought in two categories; pre-operative simulation, and assisting surgical procedures .


Top awards for three SBRI Healthcare backed companies

Three organisations that where supported by SBRI Healthcare have been given top awards. 

Owlstone Medical won the MacRobert Award 2018  from the Royal Academy of Engineering for its Breath Biopsy platform. The platform captures breath samples and analyses them opening-up the potential for earlier diagnosis and precision medicine across cancer, inflammatory disease and infectious disease.

Isansys Lifecare Ltd  has won the Best Use of Technology award at the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2018 for its innovative vital signs monitoring platform for improved patient outcomes and better care.

Inotec AMD has won the Frost & Sullivan's Global Chronic Wound Care Management Product Leadership award for its NATROX oxygen wound therapy. NATROX oxygen wound therapy is a small portable device to heal chronic wounds and has been proven to be effective in the home care environment.

Congratulations to you all. 

Calling all ambitious technology start-ups

The Cambridge Wireless (CW) community has opened its 'Discovering Start-Ups' Competition. This year it is looking for innovative technologies and services that are ‘Connecting the Digital World”. The competition provides access to the UK’s technology investment community and last year’s judges included Google, BT, Deloitte and Samsung. Deadline for entries is Monday 6 August.


Opportunities to join the Q Community

Q connects people across the UK who have health and care improvement expertise. It is being led by The Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement.

The Q community is made up of a diverse range of people including those at the front line of health and social care, patient leaders, managers, commissioners, researcher, policy makers and others. Those interested in joining Q will need to demonstrate knowledge and experience of using different approaches and methodologies to improve the quality of health and care and reflect on how you might benefit and contribute to the community.

Upcoming events
Patient Safety Collaborative Learning Event:
The Deteriorating Patient: Recognition, Response and Conversation   

2 October, Cambridge
Hear about good practice, network with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas and strengthen connections. Come along and share your good news or lessons learnt on recognition and response to deterioration such as SBARD, Safety Huddles and NEWS2 implementation. Sign up for 2 October event.

NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018

5-6 September, Manchester
The Academic Health Science Network and SBRI Healthcare will be exhibiting at the Manchester conference. If you're attending the conference, why not come and say hello.

Heart Rhythm Congress 2018
7-10 October, Birmingham
This event brings together innovators and entrepreneurs for informative and inspirational talks, expert guidance on funding opportunities and how to make the most of them, plus excellent networking opportunities.
In the media
Frances Dewhurst of Cambridgeshire Hearing Help discusses the Living Well with a Hearing Loss workshops (supported by Eastern AHSN) on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
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