Monthly news from Eastern AHSN - June 2018
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Celebrating our relicensing

As you may be aware, the Board of NHS England approved the relicensing of all 15 Academic Health Science Networks for a further five years on 24 May. This is a significant endorsement of all the work that Eastern and the national network have delivered over the last five years. As you will see from the link below, the academic health science national network is now considered to be the key player in supporting the NHS to adopt innovative products and services more quickly. We at Eastern will continue to support and package the best innovations coming out of our region. We will work with our colleagues at other AHSNs to roll them across the country as much as possible, helping to reduce pressure on health services and - even more importantly - helping to empower patients and the public in their own care. The key difference from the previous licence period is that we now have specific targets to deliver the national programmes being rolled out by all AHSNs. My task is to lead our excellent team to make sure that we deliver.

Piers Ricketts, Chief Executive

Read more about the NHS innovation arm relicensing >>

Read the new guide showcasing the impact of England's 15 AHSNs >>
Innovation profile

Heart rhythm checks at Addenbrookes Hospital

Eastern AHSN is supporting the national roll-out of mobile ECG devices to improve detection of atrial fibrillation (AF). We're providing them to health services across the eastern region to save lives with a 30 second test. This month we worked with the Stroke Team at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to help 55 visitors to Addenbrookes Hospital check their heart rhythm. Raising awareness for stroke and World Heart Rhythm Week, our AF programme manager Amanda Buttery shared heart health and stroke prevention advice on local TV - watch the film clip below.

Read Amanda's AF blog >>
Play the interview with programme manager Amanda Buttery which appeared on BBC Look East and watch a live demonstration of the mobile ECG heart rhythm test at Addenbrookes Hospital with its Stroke Team.

Helping people live well with hearing loss

We're supporting a Living Well with Hearing Loss workshop organised by Cambridgeshire Hearing Help. The workshop is taking place in Cambridge on Saturday 30 June, 9am to 12 noon. The informal workshop is aimed at people who may not feel they are ready for a hearing aid yet but need advice and support to cope with possible hearing loss. It will provide an opportunity to discuss solutions for coping with challenging situations supported by facilitators sharing their personal experience and insight.

Read more about our programme to empower people with hearing loss concerns >>

Bright ideas to help shape future mental health services

A new short film showcases young people’s ideas for improving mental health services, developed at our Mental Health Hackathon  earlier this year. Their creative solutions include apps to improve the lives of young people living with mental health conditions, increasing education of mental health within the school curriculum and a website that provides one-to-one communication between service users and medical professionals.

Play the Mental Health Hackathon film and hear inspirational ideas on how to innovate mental health services.

NHS Readiness: Help for health innovators

This summer we are running another event aimed at healthcare companies and innovators who need advice and support to introduce their transformative healthcare products to the NHS. Our NHS Readiness series is free to attend and has helped over 300 companies and is supported by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), Local Enterprise Partnerships, research and NHS finance and procurement experts. Sign up to benefit from one-to-one tailored advice sessions to help you develop your business plan and hear more about NHS commissioning and procurement.

Read more about these events and book online >>
Play to find out more about the support offered at NHS Readiness events

CoachBot shortlisted for Training Journal Award

Congratulations to Saberr whose digital team coaching tool,CoachBot, has been shortlisted for a Training Journal Award 2018.  CoachBot was introduced to the NHS by Eastern AHSN working with Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).  

Q Lab Essays

The Q Improvement Lab - an initiative from the Health Foundation and NHS Improvement - has launched the Lab Essays: an online collection of essays capturing the learning and insights from a collaborative 12-month project exploring what it would take to make peer support more widely available

Read more on the Q Lab Essays website >>

New toolkit to standardise mortality reviews

The Royal College of Physicians and Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) - Yorkshire and Humber and West England have launched a new toolkit designed to help acute hospitals learn from retrospective mortality reviews. It is aimed at supporting organisations in standardising mortality reviews and translating their findings into quality improvement initiatives by using a methodology called the Structured Judgement Review (SJR).

Read more on the AHSN website >>

Rolling out PReCept

Eastern AHSN will be advertising for a Regional Clinical Neonatal Lead to support the roll out of an exciting programme to prevent cerebral palsy in preterm labour (PReCept) across trusts in the eastern region. Research shows that giving magnesium sulphate to pregnant women at risk of a pre-term birth can help prevent cerebral palsy. The programme is commissioned by NHS England and will be adopted and spread across all the Academic Health Science Networks. The Clinical Neonatal Lead vacancy will be advertised on our website soon.

Please email for more information on the PReCept programme and how it can make a real difference to the outcomes of families and their children.

Invitation to tender for Evaluation Services

We're inviting potential suppliers to tender for the evaluation services for the East of England Sustainability Transformation Programme (STP) Organisational Development Programme. The evaluation will look at support and system impact. Deadline 22 June 2018.
Read more here >>

NHS70: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.


New Strength in Places Fund announced

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the new Strength in Places Fund  to build on local research and innovation strengths and tackle local productivity challenges. This fund takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding to support significant regional growth. Bids must be based on a local partnership and can be lead by either research institutions or businesses.
Read more on UKRI website >>

TEDxNHS event 'Shaping Our Legacy'

TEDxNHS is a London event (or via a livestream) on 21 August 2018, run voluntarily by the NHS, for the NHS. TEDxNHS is bringing people together to share their infectious stories, untold stories and evolutionary ideas to a national stage; inspiring us to think differently, dream bigger, and design better, for the population we serve. 

Register for your ticket here >>

Upcoming events
NHS Readiness: Help for health innovation journeys 
17 July, Cambridge
Learn how to get your product into the NHS with leading experts from Eastern AHSN, SBRI Healthcare, National Institute of Health Research, Innovate UK and Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority. Sign up for 17 July.

Medical Director masterclasses 
17 July, and 18 September, Newmarket
Eastern AHSN and East of England Leadership Academy, Health Education England are collaborating with the East of England Medical Directors Forum to facilitate a series of free masterclasses for Medical Directors. Sign up for 17 July and 18 September

Measurement for improvement masterclass
28 June, Cambridge
This free one day masterclass for health professionals will summarise and bring to life what measurement for improvement looks like, how it can be applied and what it means for you and your projects. Register your interest for 21 June and 28 June

Innovation in health and care: overcoming the barriers to
adoption and spread

26 June, The King's Fund, London
This one-day conference will showcase a number of different case studies that demonstrate the transformative power of simple, low cost innovations in improving health and care services and the dramatic difference these can make to people’s lives.

Cambridge Wireless International Conference 2018: Thinking beyond the hype
4 July, Cambridge
The annual technology networking event focussing on seven technology areas will challenge, inform and inspire delegates to think beyond the hype. Asking the question, where do the genuine opportunities for business growth lie, now and in the future?
In the media
Celebrating 70 years of the NHS on the The One Show, Head of NHS England Simon Stevens demonstrated a mobile ECG device from the national rollout live with Sue Perkins.
Watch the One Show episode >>

Cambridgeshire residents invited to check their heart rhythm for National Stroke Awareness Month and World Heart Rhythm Week.
Read the article from Cambridge Network >>
Watch the That's Cambridge news video >>
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