Monthly news from Eastern AHSN - August 2019
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We are in celebratory mood this month as we launch our 2018/19 impact review, which looks back over the last year to share some positive and heart-warming stories about our work with innovators and patients.
Many of these stories have been written by those we have worked with, emphasising that we work in real partnerships with clinicians, innovators and patients across our technology-rich region.
I am proud of what we have all achieved as a team and I hope you find this an engaging read. I believe that it is a real testament to how we are living up to our ambitions to turn great ideas into positive health impact.
Read these inspiring stories here.
Last month we launched our first Scale-up Academy, an intensive two-day workshop giving smaller companies specialist mentor access and peer to peer support with the ambition of increasing the impact of their proven health solutions in the NHS. Such was the success of this Cambridge pilot that we’re planning a future collaboration in partnership with Oxford AHSN.
Next month we head to Manchester for the Health and Care Innovation Expo, joining colleagues from across the AHSN Network and the NHS to discuss the biggest issues and opportunities in healthcare today and in the future. It will be a personal honour for me to represent the network as its new chair at the event. If you are attending, come to our workshop with the ABPI on cross-sector working and visit the AHSN Network area to discuss the work we are doing to make change happen.
Best wishes,

Making a real impact in our region

Eastern AHSN has published its latest impact review, highlighting our biggest successes of 2018/19, told largely through the stories of the people we have worked with.
The headline figures are that over 23,000 people benefitted from our programmes and we gave around 1,900 hours of support to innovators - but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
Stories include reducing potentially life-threatening medication errors after patients are discharged from hospital, driving the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation and reducing the risk of babies developing cerebral palsy.
The impact review lets you read about the people behind these figures, our partners and our communities.
Please view the interactive digital version here or email to request a printed copy or find out more about any of the projects highlighted in the review.

THe AHSN Network at NHS Expo
The AHSN Network has a strong presence at the NHS England Health and Care Innovation Expo next month. If you are attending, do drop by and visit the AHSN zone and talk to leaders from across the Network as well as innovators we support.
This year we have launched the AHSN Fringe - a series of workshops about how we’re driving the spread and adoption of proven healthcare innovation. The team here at Eastern AHSN is leading on a workshop alongside the ABPI (Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry) and NHS partners focused on convening organisations and individuals across sectors to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan together. It will also provide some practical guidance to simplify choosing the appropriate route for cross-sector working and a new joint working toolkit. Read more details in the events section below.

Supporting innovators to scale up their healthcare solutions

Scaling up an innovation that delivers positive health impact for patients can be challenging for small companies who lack the extensive resources of a large corporate.
To support industry partners in developing strategies for commercialising their innovations and growing their business, Eastern AHSN hosted its first Scale-Up Academy in collaboration with Cartezia.
Senior leaders from healthtech specialists Cambridge Respiratory Innovations (CRiL) and Medic Creations benefitted from peer to peer mentoring support on how to apply the Scale-Up integrated framework. It covered the complete journey from concept creation to full commercialisation, helping each company diagnose their current status, where they wish to be in the future and how to address gaps to efficiently develop and scale their respective innovations across parts of the NHS. This included Jeremy Walsh, CEO of CRiL, whose N-Tidal device helps people suffering with respiratory illness, and Sandeep Bansal, CEO of Medic Creations. Sandeep’s innovative app, Medic Bleep, has been cited by Health Secretary Matt Hancock as a digital alternative to non-emergency hospital pagers.
Following the success of the July pilot programme at the Bradfield Centre in Cambridge, Eastern AHSN is planning a second workshop in partnership with the commercial team from the Oxford AHSN. 

Aseptika's digital technology
clinches innovation award

Aseptika has taken the honours for its ground-breaking technology which helps patients to manage their long-term respiratory conditions.
The St Ives-based company won the Digital or Artificial Intelligence Innovation Award of the Year at the Meridian Awards for its Active8rlives app. 
The technology is central to the Eastern AHSN-supported Active+ programme of education and training for patients who are recovering from a heart attack or heart surgery. As part of a pilot study, patients tracked their health and wellbeing during supervised exercise sessions at three Cambridgeshire leisure centres. Healthcare professionals were then able to review the data remotely to identify any signs of patient deterioration and respond more quickly than they would in a traditional healthcare setting. Eastern AHSN is planning to extend the programme to other parts of the county.

NHS FutureTech Roadshow: Suffolk & North East Essex

10 October 2019, 9.30am - 12.30pm at IP-City Centre in Ipswich

How can virtual reality help to improve outcomes for patients? Our next FutureTech Roadshow brings together the NHS workforce with academics, industry experts and regional business leaders to explore how disruptive tech innovations might transform the way we deliver health and care.
The interactive event is aimed at anyone with an interest in understanding the innovation and future tech landscape working in healthcare in Suffolk and North East Essex.
Speakers include Kate Walker, Head of Digital Strategy and Transformation, Suffolk and North East Essex STP, who will focus on some of the local challenges and Dr Peter Bannister, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology, on the importance of early engagement between clinicians and technical experts.
Book your place here 

Moodwise launch aims to improve emotional wellbeing  
Moodwise is a new online resource for 16 to
25-year-olds in Suffolk, specifically designed to improve young people’s emotional wellbeing. 
The new website has been launched by Suffolk’s Public Health and Children and Young People’s teams and funded by Eastern AHSN following our suicide prevention innovation exchange. The site asks users about important topics - depression, anxiety, stress, anger and loneliness – and uses their answers to suggest useful sources of NHS-approved help and support. To visit the site, go to

Upcoming events

2-6 September, Cambridge

Innovators get the chance to turn their ground-breaking AI ideas into solutions for improving mental health and healthy ageing in the NHS. After five intensive days, with support from healthcare and industry experts, they will pitch their innovations to the NHS, programme partners and sponsors, including Eastern AHSN for the opportunity of investment and further opportunities. Find out more here 

NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019: A new ambition for cross-sector working: How together the NHS and pharmaceutical industry can help deliver the long-term plan (ABPI sponsored)
4 September, 12:30pm-1:15pm, AHSN Fringe, NHS Expo, Manchester    

Join our Fringe session with the ABPI to explore our new ambition for cross-sector working. How can the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry deliver the long-term plan together? Read more on the AHSN Fringe site.

Brexit Basics: Deal or no Deal
6 September, St Ives

Worried about rules and regulations post Brexit? Need advice and support to meet any challenges your business may face? Leading representatives from your local growth hub, Health and Safety Executive, Small Business Commissioner and more will share their know how on a range of issues including workforce, business expansion and products. Register here 

How the NHS Evaluates and Purchases Digital Solutions
30 September, Peterborough

Healthcare experts share their know how with innovators looking to deliver their transformative technology into the NHS. Specialists from NHS England and NHS Digital will explain what the healthcare system looks for before adopting a new technology and how to develop your business case.
Register for our event
This is the next of our popular NHS Readiness series - find out more about them and the range of industry support we offer at 

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