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Issue 78  |  2 September 2021
KSS Health and Social Care

Join the KSS AHSN team

We’re looking for Industry and Technology Navigators to join our team.

If you're passionate about innovation, digital transformation, and working with innovators and the commercial sector in health and care then this could be for you!

Deadline to apply is 6 September. Apply now! 

Tackling exclusion and addressing inequalities

The next issue of our Innovate magazine will be published shortly and will focus on digital exclusion, digital transformation and the "levelling up" agenda.

It includes an interview with social entrepreneur and life-long digital enthusiast David Barker who has recently launched Techcentre Training, a social enterprise offering accredited online courses to support people to get back into work. 

This short video gives a sneak preview of one of the Innovate articles and features David describing how technology is changing society and why it's so important to solve the lack of access to digital technology and data to avoid people getting left behind. 

Sign up here to get Innovate 19 delivered to your inbox.

Health Education England South East delivery plan

Health Education England has set out its plan for the next year to recruit, educate and train the current and future workforce across the South East region.

The delivery plan aligned to the NHS People Plan will ensure that across the region there are the right numbers of staff with the right skills, values and behaviours in the right place. The plan covers tailored support for each of the region’s six ICS and also supports key NHS Long Term Priorities such as growing and upskilling the cancer and diagnostics workforce.

Read more

Genomics in practice: health and social care survey

To understand how genomics is being used by medical professionals, and help inform future training and education plans, the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) is seeking views from the medical community.

The online survey, Genomics in your Practice, is now open to all medical professionals working in the UK and will be available until Monday 20 September. It should take around 15 to 25 minutes to complete. 

We would like to encourage as many medical professionals as possible to share their views and help us build a picture of what the current use of genomics is across the specialties, what tests clinicians are using, and what their learning needs are.

Find out more about the survey.

HSJ Awards 2021

The HSJ has released the shortlist for its 2021 awards, with 205 finalists selected according to a criteria of ambition, visionary spirit and a demonstrable positive impact on staff experience and patient care.

We're delighted to see so many organisations from across our region in the running, and look forward to celebrating your success after the awards ceremony in November. 

Until then, congratulations to all those shortlisted from across the region:
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust
  • Dr Ashwani Peshen, Margate GP and Thanet Clinical Leader, Kent and Medway CCG
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust
  • Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership
  • Medway and Swale Integrated Care Partnership
  • Frimley Health and Care ICS
  • Frimley Health FT
  • Sussex Health and Care Partnership
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership FT
  • Surrey Heartlands ICS
  • South East Region, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Margate, Mocketts Wood and Coastal and Rural Excellence PCNs
  • Kent Community Health FT
  • Care for the Carers
  • Dartford and Gravesham Trust
  See the full list of finalists here. 

AHSN Network launches Health Innovation Podcast: How a heart attack saved a young mum’s life

In the first episode of the AHSN Network’s new Health Innovation Podcast, a fit and healthy 34-year-old mum discusses how she had a heart attack while pregnant due to a genetic condition.

One of the causes of heart attack and stroke is a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), which creates an abnormal level of cholesterol in the blood. Ciara Wannop didn’t know she had the condition until she had a heart attack while 26 weeks’ pregnant. She feels lucky to have had an early warning of a potentially life-limiting condition.

In this podcast, Ciara is joined by Dr Youssef Beaini, from the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), who is the clinical lead of a national programme to help reduce heart disease.

Listen to the Health Innovation Podcast now on Audioboom, Spotify and Apple podcasts.

AHSN Network and partners shortlisted for HSJ award

The Academic Health Science Network, NHS England and NHS Improvement Personalised Care Group, National Patient Safety Team and NHS Digital have been shortlisted for a prestigious national HSJ Award.

The combined team was nominated for its COVID Oximetry @home work, which supported partners across the region with the rapid roll out of pulse oximeters, in primary and secondary care pathways, for COVID-positive patients during the winter and spring of 2020-21. The work is shortlisted in the 'Patient Safety' category.

The work helped monitor patients' oxygen saturation levels, catch 'silent hypoxia' early and helped safely discharge COVID patients from hospital. 

What good looks like

NHSX has published guidelines for digitised healthcare to support ICSs and individual health and care organisations to transform services for patients. 

There are three key areas of work within the guidance - What good looks like, which defines the digital transformation capabilities needed for effective, safe and efficient care; Who pays for what, which identifies the barriers faced by the system when it comes to investment in digital technology, and proposes actions to overcome these barriers in 2021 to 2022 and beyond; and Unified Tech Fund, which seeks to simplify and consolidate the process for accessing technology funding. 

Find out more

Latest funding news

The AHSN Network has published its latest funding newsletter, which contains a wealth of funding and grant news for start-ups, SMEs and health innovators. 

Read more

Business planning for healthcare innovators 

Along with a product or service which benefits health and social care, innovators need to ensure there's a sustainable business behind it. This ensures growth for the company and provides the health and care system with the certainty it needs when designing and commissioning care for patients and citizens.

But business planning often gets set aside as engaging with clinicians and commissioners, product development and securing funding takes over. 

The KSS AHSN industry team is offering this bite sized workshop to support innovators and SMEs with their thinking around their long-term strategy and business planning. The focus will be on helping participants to plan their commercial offering alongside the growth of the business, putting their vision and sustainability at the heart of their planning.

We will keep the number of places at the workshop low to allow for participant interaction and to help each company. Whilst this is open to all companies, those with less of a background in business may find it most useful. The workshop takes place on 15 September from 10am to 11.30am.

You can book a place here or if you have any questions please get in touch  

SBRI Healthcare launch two new competitions 

SBRI Healthcare, in partnership with the AHSN Network, have launched two new competitions focused on ‘Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People’ and ‘NHS Reset and Recovery’. 

1. Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People
Demand for specialist Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services has continued to increase in recent years, leading to long waiting times and insufficient support, challenges particularly exacerbated in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, low-income families, and other marginalised groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bids are invited for funding to develop innovative solutions to tackle three specific challenges:
  • Mental health service and support improvements
  • Mental health service access
  • Support for disadvantaged, marginalised, or Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Further details are available on the SBRI website.

2. NHS Reset and Recovery from the pandemic and consider new ways of working
Recognising the need to support NHS services to reset and recover from the pandemic, the programme seeks to address this immediate challenge. 

Bids are invited for bid for funding to further develop innovative solutions in the following areas:
  • Reducing the NHS workforce pressure
  • Increasing NHS effectiveness.
Further details are available on the SBRI website.

Meet the innovator

We've recently started working with Leo Cancer Care, and so are delighted to see them feature in the latest AHSN Network 'Meet the Innovator' interview. 

The company has developed 'the more human way to treat cancer', built on research from across the globe showing the benefits of upright patient positioning.

In this article Stephen Towe, CEO, discusses the company’s goals, inspirations, hopes for the future and why you should never wear a tie in California.

Meet Leo Cancer Care 

Innovator recording days 

Getting your message across can be difficult whatever stage your company is at. Video can be an effective additional tool that helps you work through the story you want to tell, present it effectively and provide valuable content for digital platforms.

Our partners at Centric Health Media are running two "Innovator Recording Days", on September 15 and 16 in London, which offer the chance to record high quality content to stream across popular platforms and formats.

If you’re a health technology provider with a product or solution that can assist the NHS and wider health and social care organisations, please get in touch to find out more about the innovator recording days: 
email or call Ben Webber at Centric on 07507 952552. 

COVID and quality of life for those with dementia

The Living well with Dementia team at ARC KSS is pleased to share key findings and messages for two studies that explored the impact of COVID 19 on the Quality of life of people with dementia and their carers during 2020. These findings provide insights into the challenges people faced, and factors that supported their wellbeing, with messages that last beyond COVID 19.

The findings will be of interest to everyone involved in supporting people with dementia, including health and social care commissioners; services providing care to people with dementia, including care homes; the voluntary and community sector; people living with dementia and their carers; general practitioners and people working as social prescribers or in dementia support roles. A more detailed publication will follow in the next few months.

Read the findings here. If you have any questions please contact:

Invitation for expressions of interest for NIHR CRN KSS: Lead for Social Care Research

The Clinical Research Research Network Kent Surrey Sussex is seeking to appoint a research focused individual/s to drive forward the social care research agenda within the region. This is a new position reflecting the strategic prioritisation of social care research.
The role would ideally suit individual/s working in academia with current social practitioner experience or social practitioners with demonstrable research experience. This is a part time role, with funding to support approximately half a day per week of a senior position. Depending on the experience, there may be an opportunity to negotiate hours.
Working with the deputy clinical director and research delivery manager, the Social Care Research leadership role is both high profile and pivotal to the success of the Network. The successful applicant(s) would be expected to be an ambassador for Social Care research within the NIHR.

Please find attached an advert and job description for more information.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Becky Dilley, Research Delivery Manager, CRN KSS, or 07870 482781.

Applicants should send expressions of interest in the form of a two page short CV and covering letter by email to: by 5.00pm on Thursday 16 September 2021. 

Individual Development Awards

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) has launched its second round of Individual Development Awards (IDAs), to help support individuals to build their research careers across the region.

All Awards need to closely align with one or more of the ARC KSS research themes and will be allocated to applicants that can demonstrate a clear path in their career development, as well as evidence of how this award will help them towards their research goals.

In return, ARC KSS will provide a bespoke programme of support to successful applicants, including academic and/ or a health or social care professional mentor.

Find out more  

NHS Ocean Virtual Launch 

16 September 2021 | 13:00 - 15:30

Join the NHS Ocean Launch event, jointly delivered by NHS Ocean and the University of Exeter, to learn about the impacts of the healthcare sector on both the ocean and human health. Hear first-hand accounts from individuals and communities involved in positive action to help conserve and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits and sustainable interactions with the Ocean. Engage with others in NHS Ocean to enable positive and sustainable change.

Find out more

AHSN Network Environmental Sustainability Community of Interest

28 September 2021 | 10:30 - 12:00

The AHSN Network Environmental Sustainability Community of Interest's second sharing and learning online event to support the NHS Net Zero agenda will focus on the carbon impact of anaesthetic gases. 

Find out more and book a place

CRN KSS Dementia Research Event 

28 September 2021 | 10:00 - 15:30

This event will be focused on topics of interest in dementia research and offers an opportunity to network with fellow professionals and colleagues interested in dementia research.

Topics will include: Sleep and Dementia, Prof Derk-Jan Dijk; Technology and Dementia, Prof Ramin Nilforooshan; Neuroimaging Markers for Diagnosis of AD, Dr Orson Wedgwood; Self-harm and suicide in older people, Dr Josie Jenkins; My role as a Research Nurse in Dementia Research, Natalie Portwine; and The Process of Applying for Grants - My Experiences and Obstacles, Dr Nicolas Farina

Find out more and book a place

HETT show

28 and 29 September 2021 

Healthcare Excellence Through Technology (HETT) has published its agenda for its event at the Excel, London and registration is also now open. 

Find out more

MedTech Expo and Conference

8 October 2021 

This expo and conference organised by South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) aims to help delegates:
•    Make sense of the complexities of health and social care delivery, and the challenges of accessing the NHS
•    Find funding opportunities 
•    Access overseas markets, in particular the USA and Europe
•    Identify current clinical challenges in the NHS.

KSS AHSN is sponsoring the session 'Accelerating innovation in the NHS: adoption and spread' which features our Medical Director, Dr Des Holden, and Prof Anoop Chauhan,  Director of Research & Innovation, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.

Find out more

'Tech for Change' Spread Academy

13-15 October 2021

COVID-19 has forced the rapid adoption of technology and in many cases, driven efficiencies, opened up new ways of organising and connecting communities and improved patient experiences.

It’s time to capture those brilliant innovations and help you spread and scale your idea so that more people can benefit.

SW AHSN's ‘Tech for Change’ Spread Academy is specifically designed to support teams who’ve developed technical innovations to solve problems in community, health and care settings.

The three-day immersive training will equip you and your team with the skills and strategies needed to spread your new ideas and innovations.

Find out more

Utilising data: priorities for data-sharing, delivering efficiencies and driving research and innovation

20 October 2021

Our Medical Director, Des Holden, is a keynote speaker at this online conference "Utilising data within health and social care - priorities for data-sharing, delivering efficiencies and driving research and innovation".

This conference will examine the applications of data in health and social care and discuss the measures that can be taken to scale up use, develop best practice guidelines, and support adoption across all levels of the health system. The event aims to improve understanding around data, address barriers to its use in health and social care, and develop a new approach to data-sharing following the use of data through the pandemic.

Find out more 

We hope you enjoyed Collaborate, if you’ve got anything you’d like to share please get in touch.

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