Monthly news from Eastern AHSN - May 2019
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It’s been a significant couple of months for Eastern AHSN. We have held a number of major events which showcased our work in making connections between the worlds of clinical science, industry and the NHS in order to transform the lives of patients and their families.  
Our Cancer Innovation Exchange showcase event on 19 March brought an impressive range of innovators together with NHS professionals, patients and their families in the search for the next innovations to enable early detection and treatment of various types of cancer.
The feedback we’ve had from those who joined us on the day in Stansted has been very encouraging. In the words of our host, former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull: “An event like this is hugely important, bringing people together to network and exchange ideas. It’s like growing seeds.”
We are now working on selecting a small number of innovations showcased at the event which we can put into testing in the real world in hope that they can be adopted at scale in our region and subsequently on a national basis.
In April, our Future Tech Roadshows explored how health innovations in digital and AI technology can drive improved patient care and efficiencies for the NHS. These events proved to be valuable forums for industry experts and healthcare professionals from across the region and we are planning to host more. 
This month we were lucky to host Dr Mark Britnell, Chairman and Senior Partner for the Global Health Practice at KPMG, as he lucidly framed the significant crisis in the healthcare workforce now present throughout the world and 10 potential solutions that we could adopt.
Finally, we welcome our new Human Factors Advisor Richard Goorney, who brings a space-age perspective to his role. Read his ergonomics blog about how NASA could have avoided having to cancel its first all-female spacewalk.
Innovators showcase at 
Eastern AHSN's cancer innovation exchange

Innovators, health and care stakeholders, cancer patients and their families came together at Eastern AHSN’s latest innovation exchange to find solutions to support early cancer diagnosis and
Our host was former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, who was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer 16 months ago. He took part in a panel discussion with consultant breast surgeon Liz O’Riordan, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and Jasmin Julia Gupta, founder of Cancer Hair Care.
On the day, Julia launched her charity's new range of knitted dolls designed to help children who are undergoing cancer treatment understand hair loss through play.
Fifteen innovators showcased their solutions to over 120 delegates and Eastern AHSN is now working to build partnerships formed on the day to support innovators with pilots or trial projects in the region. Find out more about the event on our website

Solving the global workforce crisis in healthcare

Eastern AHSN hosted a fascinating talk by Dr Mark Britnell, Global Chairman and Senior Partner for Health at KPMG, to an audience of local NHS leaders and university colleagues.
Mark, pictured right with Eastern AHSN Chief Executive Piers Ricketts, is one of the world’s foremost global experts on healthcare systems. He has worked in the NHS for over 20 years before taking up his role at KPMG, initially running the UK healthcare practice and then on a global basis. He was also a member of the World Economic Forum Health Council and has worked in 77 countries in the last 10 years. This experience has given him unique insights into what he regards as the most wicked issue facing the world’s healthcare systems, namely a huge shortage of qualified healthcare professionals.
Mark’s talk contained unique perspectives on productivity, the role of governments, patients as carers and the need for professionals to operate at the top of their licence. Mark also emphasised that – whatever technology will bring us – the kind heart of a human is the essence of care.
He then took questions from the audience as part of a panel where he was joined by Dr Steve Dunn, Chief Executive of West Suffolk Hospital, and Dr Jag Ahluwalia, former Director of Digital and Medical Director at Cambridge University Hospitals and now our own Chief Clinical Officer, pictured above.  Steve shared some insights on some of the creative solutions being implemented by his team, whilst Jag gave a clinical and medical perspective. 
Mark’s latest book, Human: Solving the global workforce crisis in healthcare highlights how the workforce crisis is currently being felt across some of the world’s leading health systems, and some of the solutions which he believes need to be adopted in order to realise the ambition of universal healthcare.

If only NASA had followed my top five human factors tips...

Humans make errors. It’s in our nature. But by understanding our abilities and limitations and applying these to the design of a workplace, system or process, you can make them more effective, safe and efficient as possible. 
Our new Human Factors Advisor Richard Goorney explains how NASA had to rethink its plan for the first all-female spacewalk because it didn’t consider human factors fully. Read his blog to find out more about ergonomics and how he could help your healthcare teams to improve safety and comfort in their workplace.
Roadshows look to healthcare technologies of the future 

How might artificial intelligence improve medical imaging? What is blockchain and how might we use it?
These are just some of the key questions that were addressed at our Future Tech Roadshows across the region. Eastern AHSN brought together interested NHS employees with academics, industry experts and regional business leaders to explore how disruptive tech innovations might transform the way we deliver health and care. 
To find out more about interactive roadshows planned for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Suffolk and North East Essex STPs, please email

Innovative health website takes honours at the double

An Eastern AHSN supported website, which has attracted over 100,000 page views since its launch, has been lauded in two national healthcare awards. was designed as the ‘go to’ resource for health information about children and young people. It offers 250,000 residents 24-hour advice on topics such as health pregnancy, cyberbullying and online grooming, to support them in managing their own health and wellbeing. 
The Norfolk Children and Young People’s Services’ site was highly 

commended as digital innovation of the year in the National Leading Healthcare Awards.
The team's community engagement campaign was also highly commended in the National Self Care Awards.
Find out more about this project and other self-care schemes Eastern AHSN supports in the region.
Crossing the Atlantic for a global view of cancer screening 

In the first of our international Primary Care Talks, Dr Mark Ebell discusses his global research into cancer screening. The physician, author, professor and fellow podcast host compares the UK and US primary care systems with Dr Hasan Chowhan. Listen here>>

Upcoming events

Digital Health and Care Congress 2019
22-23 May, London 
The King’s Fund Digital Health and Care Congress brings together leading NHS and social care professionals who are interested in how data and technology can improve patient health and wellbeing and the quality and efficiency of services. Full details>>

Primary Care Cardiology Upskilling
28 May, Peterborough 
Dr Yassir Javaid, recently named Pulse GP of the Year for his work in reducing stroke emergency admissions in the East Midlands, is the keynote speaker at this skills-based workshop. The Improving Medical Practice in Anticoagulation Therapy event is funded by Bayer. If you are a member of the medical profession and would like to attend, please email

Bridging the Gap 3
4 June, London
Health technology innovators and companies interested in accessing the NHS to improve patient care, and who have a product or service that is ready for scaling up, can learn about the wide range of support on offer from the AHSN Network.

Arrythmia Alliance Cardiac Update meeting
12 June, Cambridge
Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Dr Claire Martin chairs this event for healthcare professionals involved in the management and treatment of arrhythmias. Eastern AHSN Senior Programme Manager and AF lead Dr Amanda Buttery will give an overview of what's happening in the region.
More details>>

Medical Director Masterclass
2 July, Newmarket
Former Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, Professor Sir Chris Ham is the speaker at our next
 medical directors masterclass. Find out more on our website. To register your interest, please contact

Heart Rhythm Congress
6-9 October, Birmingham
The UK's largest annual heart rhythm event is calling for abstract submissions, including posters and oral communications, by 31 May. Selected abstracts will be published in the peer-reviewed EP Europace journal. 
 Find out more>>

We are an expanding company offering a range of new job opportunities. If you are interested in applying for any of our roles, please take a closer look: 

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