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

Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter. I trust that you all had a good summer and that you were able to enjoy the extraordinary weather. As the new season commences, we’re delighted to launch a major mental health challenge in the first of our innovation exchanges, which represent a new, structured way in which we seek tailored solutions from innovators to some of the most intractable health problems facing our population. We’ve also released three publications which showcase different aspects of the work that we do in partnership with our stakeholders and partners.
First of these is our Annual Impact Review, which looks back on what we and our stakeholders have achieved together over the last year. As we move into a new licence period with our commissioners NHS England, there is much that we can look back on with satisfaction, but ever more to do as we seek to harness the power of technology and innovation in improving the lives of our patients and our region’s population. 

We also launched two major reports at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester last week. Our Digital Pioneers report showcases the success of a number of entrepreneurial individuals who were supported by Eastern AHSN to make their primary or community care environments more responsive to technology, freeing up GP time and giving patients a better experience. We also released the The Impact and Opportunity Review and the SBRI Healthcare Annual Review, the NHS early-stage investment fund which is hosted by Eastern AHSN and managed by our friends at Health Enterprise East.  
The events and conference season is also picking up after the summer break, so I look forward to meeting and working with many of our readers over the coming months.
Challenging innovators to prevent suicide
More than 5,900 lives were lost through suicide in the UK in 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics, devastating families and having far-reaching consequences for wider communities.

The toll on the nation’s economy is also substantial with the associated cost of every suicide estimated to be £1.7million.

In the East of England, the suicide rate the same year was 9.5 per 100,000 population, according to Public Health England, though it can vary considerably from area to area.

In a bid to reduce suicide rates the Eastern AHSN is hosting an Innovation Exchange to find enterprising ways of tackling the challenges behind the statistics. If you are an innovator with a solution that could address these complex issues, or a regional stakeholder with an interest, we want to hear from you. The deadline for expressions of interest is 21 September.
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Digital communication tool shortlisted for HSJ award  
An innovative alternative to pagers trialled by the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious healthcare award. The trust is a contender for the national Health Service Journal Awards for ‘Using Technology to Improve Efficiency’ after testing a new app, which allows hospital and community staff to communicate in real time, sharing patient information and updates accurately and safely. 

Following Eastern AHSN's support, the company behind the tool, Medic Creations, ran a successful pilot at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, and is working on rolling it out to other hospitals. The team will present to a panel of judges before finding out if they have won at the awards ceremony in November.
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Eastern AHSN charts fresh year of achievement.
Eastern AHSN charts a fresh year of achievement in delivering the best innovations to improve the lives of patients in its newly-published Annual Impact Review

The report highlights the team’s successes in accelerating the adoption of proven healthcare technologies and spreading these innovations across the system, working with its partners in medtech, academia, business, the NHS and the wider public to improve people’s health.

It also focuses on future priorities, a new feature of which is working with the Office for Life Sciences. Eastern AHSN's mission is to develop innovation exchanges to address particular challenges, including tackling the complex issues surrounding mental health.
Read the full report >>
Supporting digital pioneers to make a real difference
A report has been published into Eastern AHSN’s Digital Pioneers programme which aims to drive innovation projects across the region.

Launched at Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018, The Revolution will be Customised: The Eastern AHSN’s Digital Pioneers, gives a detailed insight into the programme which focuses on investing in people as much as projects.

Eastern AHSN selected eight schemes for support in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation,
mobile access to care records and stroke assessment and over the past year brought digital pioneers into a network, supporting them with individual and team coaching through the Leadership Centre.
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SBRI Healthcare saves NHS £30m and benefits 1.2m patients 
SBRI Healthcare has announced that it has secured savings in excess of £30m for the NHS. These findings are part of a report by independent consultants PA Consulting, which was published at Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018.

SBRI Healthcare spearheads innovation creation within the NHS and has helped to grow the British economy by over £125m, including £14.6m from job creation, £6.4m from export sales and £104m of private investment. The innovative companies identified and funded by SBRI Healthcare are now delivering savings to the NHS by reducing the cost of delivering treatment and improving patient care.
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Read the Annual Review and The Impact and Opportunity Review 

In five years the national innovation pipeline has benefitted 1.2m patients, delivered 60 SBRI Healthcare-funded products to market and created or secured 1,050 jobs 
Help to raise standards for emergency laparotomy patients

A new collaborative aimed at raising standards of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy surgery and reducing mortality rates is set to be launched by Eastern AHSN.

Of the 30,000 to 50,000 patients who undergo the procedure in the UK each year, almost 15% are reported to die within 30 days of surgery, rising to nearly a quarter of those aged over 80. It is a costly procedure too, with more than 25% of patients staying in hospital for over 20 days after surgery, costing the NHS over £200m a year.
Our Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative aims to raise standards of care and outcomes for patients having the surgery and we are looking for trusts who would like to join the initiative at our first event on October 18. In return, we can help with project management support and project implementation, including staff training.
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How to live better with hearing loss
Monthly workshops to help people living with hearing loss will be held in Cambridge until the end of the year, with new events being staged in the Soham and Huntingdon areas in 2019.

We are supporting Cambridgeshire Hearing Help to provide practical advice not just to the thousands of people with hearing loss in the county but to their families and friends too. The sessions include helpful information about hearing aids and other listening devices, ways to improve your hearing environment and where to get further support. 

The next event takes place on 20 September, 10.30-1pm, at the C3 Centre in Cambridge followed by three other sessions before the end of the year.
Keep track of future Living Well with Hearing Loss dates.
Patients, carers, clinicians and innovators from
Wave 1 Test Beds talk about the difference the  programme has made
to them
Positive impact of NHS Test Beds Wave 1 
A new video has been launched which captures some of the valuable learning from the NHS Test Beds Wave 1, highlighting the benefits to both patients and the health service. 

Since 2016, seven NHS Test Beds have been trialling innovative combinations of technology and pathway development with the aim of improving patient outcomes and experience at the same or lower cost than current practice.

Helen Oliver, AHSN Network Test Bed Programme Director and Senior Programme Director at Eastern AHSN, said: "It is clear to see that the Test Bed programme has made a real difference to the lives of those who have participated and in many cases has also supported clinicians to better manage patient care”.
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Primary Care Talks

Harnessing new technology
to detect Atrial Fibrillation

In the fifth podcast of the series our host, Dr Hasan Chowhan, discovers how new technology is being used to detect Atrial Fibrillation (AF). More than 400,000 people are living with undiagnosed and untreated AF in the UK, a condition that can lead to stroke. 
He talks to Caroline Prentice, a practice manager at Goldington Avenue Surgery in Bedford, and Emma Bowler, a practice nurse, about how they use a mobile device to detect AF at seven practices.

Don't miss chance to take the lead

If you are passionate about improving primary or dental care, the deadline to sharpen your skills at the next Primary Care Leadership Collaborative is fast approaching.
Applications are invited for the series of one-day programmes aimed at practice managers, nurses, GPs and dental practitioners, who are working together to improve health and health outcomes for communities. The closing date for applications is 13 September at 10am

Join debate to help shape
the next 10 years of NHS

NHS England has launched a national conversation to help shape the next decade of the NHS. Feedback, comments and suggestions are being invited by
30 September on a series of themes that will form the new Long Term Plan.

NHS staff, people working across public health and social care, healthcare companies, patients and carers are all encouraged to submit their views. The plan, being developed by a series of sub-groups and the AHSN Network, including Eastern AHSN, focuses on three key areas: mothers and children; staying healthy and ageing well. 
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Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office Annual Report 2017-18

This showcases the work undertaken by clinicians, researchers, the Research Delivery team and the Research Office in delivering a five-year strategy (2014-18) as adopted by Norfolk and Waveney CCGs. Read the full report
Upcoming events
Medical Director Masterclass
18 September, Newmarket
Be inspired at our next Medical Director Masterclass which features talks by Martin Frost, of CMR Surgical, and Jag Aluwalia, Director of Digital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The free session is organised by Eastern AHSN in partnership with HEE East of England Leadership Academy and the East of England Medical Directors Forum. To register your interest contact

East Accord NHS and Social Care Digital Leads Network 
19 September, Bar Hill
It’s the final call for key stakeholders and digital experts from the East of England to join this free event, supported by Eastern AHSN. If you could help improve patient experience and reduce inefficiencies in the health and care community, register by 12 September.

NHS Readiness: Learn how to develop your clinical evidence
25 September, Cambridge

Healthcare innovators will find out how to develop their clinical evidence to get their product into the NHS in a session headed up by experts from NICE, the National Institute for Health Research, the NHS and NAMSA, a leading contract research organisation. Topics include whether a clinical trial is needed, the dos and don'ts, and the National Institute of Health Research Design service and how it helps SMEs develop funding submissions.

If you can't make this event, there will be other opportunities later in our series. Register your interest via Eventbrite.

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

2 October, Cambridge
Reducing the risk of patients coming to harm by improving recognition, response and communication is the focus of our next Patient Safety Collaborative. Share your good news or lessons learned on subjects such as SBARD, Safety Huddles and NEWS2 implementation. Register your interest at Eventbrite.

East of England Public Health England Conference 2018:
Public Health in a post-Brexit World

30 October, Stansted

Spotlighting future challenges, the forum will explore how health professionals can be better equipped to overcome barriers after Brexit. It is also an opportunity to network, learn, contribute to and celebrate innovative work already underway in the region. The final deadline for submissions is midnight 14 September. Read more

MedTech FUTURES Conference
31 October, Cambridge 

Hosted by science writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry, this Health Enterprise East event will include keynote addresses from clinical entrepreneurs and senior leaders within the NHS and industry speakers from emerging tech areas such as AI, robotics and 3D printing. 

Primary Care Cardiology Upskilling  
24 November, Newmarket 
Eastern ASHN is hosting this free training event that has been designed for GPs and pharmacists and is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners. The session will be led by Dr Yassir Javaid, Cardiovascular Lead for East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network. He will be joined by Mr Ketan Kavia, a clinical pharmacist with a specialist interest in anticoagulation for stroke prevention.
Book a place.
Eastern AHSN is a key player in improving health and economic growth through the adoption and spread of innovative products and services into the NHS. If you think you have what it takes to help us drive our mission forward, and are enthusiastic about engaging with businesses, clinicians, NHS managers, charities, local authorities, patients and many more people besides, take a look at our job opportunities 
Commercial Director
The Commercial Director will join as a key member of the Senior Management Team, reporting directly to the CEO. The key role will be to drive value for Eastern AHSN, its customers and partners by building a range of deep partnerships with the commercial sector, academia and industry.

We are therefore looking for a commercial, financially-literate individual with a background in healthcare and/or life sciences with both the relationship skills to build a wide range of partnerships of mutual benefit and the analytical background to develop the objectives for each arrangement.
Find out more information or contact Helen Childs on 020 7529 1093 quoting ref 67903.
Closing date for applications: 12 September, 2018
67903 Candidate Brief Commercial Director.pdf 

Human Factors Adviser
We are seeking a qualified and experienced Human Factors Adviser who will be a lead specialist advising the Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) and other associated collaborative healthcare partners on Ergonomics and Human Factors, working across both the Eastern and East Midlands PSCs.

Salary: £42,414 – £49,969 (equivalent to A4C Band 8a)
Closing date: 14 September, 2018
Planned interview date: 9 October 2018
Please email a covering letter and your CV to
Job description and job specification

Regional Pharmacy Clinical Lead 
Interested in the role of innovation in improving medication safety? Want to be a part of a national programme preventing AF-related strokes?
We are seeking a Regional Pharmacy Clinical Lead for two of our programmes – medicines optimisation (MO) and atrial fibrillation (AF). 
Salary: Seconded position commensurate with clinical salary scale
Hours: Part-time (15 hours p/w), fixed term position
Closing date: 28 September, 2018
Job Description and Specification
Questions and CVs should be directed to

Emergency Laparotomy CollaborativeRegional Clinical Lead 
We are supporting local adoption of the evidence-based Emergency Laparotomy Quality Improvement Care bundle (ELQuiC) and are seeking a regional lead who will work with acute trusts in the region to support the objectives of the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative.
The post holder will be a clinical champion, from a surgical or anaesthetic background, who can act as ambassador for the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative both in and beyond the region.  
Salary: Commensurate with clinical salary scale
Hours: 0.5/1PA per week (until March 2020)
Closing date: 30 September, 2018
Please email a covering letter and your CV to
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