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Issue 101  |  18 August 2022

Bid for Better

The Bid for Better programme, through Royal Surrey Charity, was set up to turn employee’s lightbulb ideas into a reality. So far over £230,000 has been committed from Royal Surrey Charity and University of Surrey to fund 13 innovative ideas, with these ideas ranging from co-designing a cancer wellbeing toolkit to help patients adapt to cancer, to researching the link between nutritional status and surgical outcomes and investigating the impact of light on patient deconditioning during inpatient stays.

The Surrey Heartlands Health Tech Accelerator (HTA) and Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) has been supporting the project and have provided over 25 drop-in sessions to give advice to staff on their ideas and reviewed over 50 applications as a member of the judging panel.

Jenny Partridge, who has had been involved in Bid for Better on behalf of Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network said:
“Working as a judge on the Bid for Better programme was a fascinating experience… It was a bit like being on Dragons Den with the innovators given 5 minutes to pitch their idea followed by questions from the panel.  I was most impressed with the quality of the ideas being presented and the enthusiasm of the clinicians and their colleagues who really wanted to make a difference to patients.”
Find out more. 

Join the KSS AHSN team

We are currently looking for two new members to join our team:

Programme Coordinator - Industry and Technology Navigation Team (closing date 24/8)
Programme Manager - Health and Care Technology Navigator (closing date 24/8)
To keep up to date on KSS AHSN career opportunities, visit our website.

SCAS Governor recruitment 

Would you like to make a difference to your local ambulance service?
The South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) are looking for people to become Governors across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the rest of England and Wales.  As a public governor you can play a key role in shaping the future of their services. Nominations run from 26 Sept – 17 Oct and elections run from 16 November – 7 December. 
Find out more by visiting or emailing


Net Zero: NHS Clinical Innovation Competition 

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) will be launching another funding competition for innovators in collaboration with the AHSN Network, the AAC and Greener NHS on Wednesday 24 August.
This competition focuses on innovations that will help to transform carbon intensive areas of clinical care and complex care pathways to help the NHS meet its net zero ambitions.
Find out more on the competition webpage.

Practical innovators course

The deadline to join Oxford AHSN's latest cohort for the free practical course supporting NHS innovators has moved to 31 August. 
Since it was established in 2016, more than 300 NHS staff have taken part in the ‘Adopting innovation and managing change in healthcare settings’ programme. 
The course helps identify and introduce new ways of improving patient care, and focuses on system change and service integration. Teaching sessions are delivered online and the time commitment is approximately one day per month for a year (two modules, each comprising six study days). The next cohort starts in October.

Find out more here.

NHS Digital Industry Day    

21 September  10.00 - 15:00  techUK office, London

NHS Digital, in partnership with techUK, are hosting an industry day (Wednesday 21 September, 10am – 3pm) that specifically focuses on the platforms areas of the organisation. If you are a supplier who accesses or consumes NHS Digital products and services, or your products integrate with platforms, such as PDS, API catalogue, Identity services (smart cards), please join us at the techUK office - 10 St Bride St, London EC4A 4AD.
Register here. 

Environmental Sustainability in Health Workshop    

20 October 10:00 online

Taking place on Thursday 20 October 2022 at 10am, the Environmental Sustainability in Health workshop aims to educate innovators on the growing importance of the climate crisis, and what they need to know over the coming years. It will look at how climate change is impacting the NHS, and how the NHS is impacting our climate, and breakdown the NHS’s approach to sustainability and sustainable procurement over the next decade. Additionally, a variety of resources will be provided to support innovators on their sustainability journey. Des Holden (KSS Chief Executive) is chairing a session on Health and Social Care priorities: Inequalities and sustainability and Amelia James (KSS Oxon Sustainability Lead) is one of the panellists.
SETsquared will be hosting the webinar in partnership with Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network and Oxford Academic Health Science Network.
Book your space here. 

ARC KSS Autumn Symposium: Spotlight on Research    

29 September  10.00 - 12.00 - online

Are you interested in current ARC KSS projects? Do you want to learn more about the research journey?

Join the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex, virtually, for the Autumn Research Symposium.

This event will provide an opportunity to engage directly with researchers from St Barnabas Hospice, University of Surrey, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and many more.

Chaired by Professor Stephen Peckham, Director of ARC KSS, you are invited to find out more about the impact applied research is making into changing practice and improving health and care across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Book your space here.

Bridging the Gap   

22 September  09:00 - 16:30 - The Spine, Liverpool

The next in the AHSN Network’s Bridging the Gap series brings together innovators from the SME sector and the key decision-makers in the health and care system who can support them.

The event is free to attend and features keynote speakers, panel discussions and one-to-one sessions. It aims to help healthtech companies better understand how the AHSN Network and regional partners can support them in scaling up products and services that have already had an impact on the system.

The Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, is hosting the event on behalf of the AHSN Network. For more details and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Neuroscience Bootcamp  

6 & 7 Sept  08.45 - 13.00 Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent

A two-day Neuroscience bootcamp will be taking place at Discovery Park on 6 and 7 September 2022. 
At the bootcamp you will learn how to translate your idea into a viable commercial opportunity (licensing, partnering or spin-out). They are particularly keen to hear from (but not limited to) academic projects located in the Kent and South East region.

They would also accept applications to join from early-stage start-ups in the exciting space. Register here.

SEHTA 2022 International MedTech Expo and Conference

13 October - London  

Register today for South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) 2022 International MedTech Expo and Conference, on Thursday 13 October 2022 in London. Find out more and book.

We hope you enjoyed Collaborate. If you have a story you’d like to share, please get in touch.

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