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Issue 94  |  28 April 2022
KSS Health and Social Care

AHSN Network launches innovation awards with NHS Confederation

New national awards to celebrate innovation in health and care have been launched by the AHSN Network, working in collaboration with NHS Confederation. The Innovate Awards are focused on celebrating excellence in innovation and transformation across the health and care system. There are 10 award categories as well as a 'winner of winners' award.

Anyone working in integrated care communities, including local authorities, care providers and other NHS health and care services, can enter. These awards represent a golden opportunity to tell the story of those who have collaborated and developed new initiatives against the backdrop of the pandemic.

The 10 award categories open for entry this year are:
•    Net Zero Innovation of the Year
•    The Diversity in Innovation Award
•    Excellence in Patient and Public Involvement in Transformation and Innovation
•    Innovation Spread Award
•    Best Workforce Innovation 
•    Innovation Helping Address Health Inequalities 
•    Outstanding Contribution to Population Health Through Innovation 
•    Innovative Health System of the Year
•    Outstanding Collaboration with Industry
•    Enabling Safer Systems of Care Through Innovation.

The final award – Innovation Champion of the Year – will be selected by the judges from across the other category winners. 

The closing date for submissions is midnight on 23 June and winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 29 September 2022. 

For more information and to enter, please visit the awards website

Job vacancy: opportunity to join award winning remote monitoring service 

Surrey and Borders NHS Partnership FT (SABP) is looking for a Business Solutions Manager to lead the expansion and development of the remote monitoring service, "Technology Integrated Health Management" (TIHM).

Working across healthcare systems in Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS), the post is an opportunity to: 
•    Help vulnerable people live at home independently for longer.
•    Support early discharge from acute hospitals into community settings.
•    Work as part of an integrated health and social care solution across Surrey Heartlands to support high risk patients in a community setting.
•    Support the embedding of TIHM within SABP and wider system remote monitoring strategy.

It will involve working with clinicians, business functions, Trust management staff, clinical and social care professionals, and service users across Surrey Heartlands ICS to define, create, develop, and manage high quality remote monitoring solutions to support physical, mental, and social health.

SABP welcomes all applications for the role, such as a secondment, as well as part time/hybrid models.

Read the job description 

To discuss the role, please contact Sally Heath, Director of Business and Innovation, SABP on 07393 244223. 

The closing date is 5 May and you can apply here

Huntington’s Disease: service model co-production

A project involving KSS AHSN has developed a new service model that aims to improve care and support for people with Huntington’s disease.

The collaborative project involving Surrey Heartlands, KSS AHSN, Roche Products Ltd. and the Huntington’s Disease Association aimed to build on existing services to develop a fit-for-purpose service model providing equitable care.

Find out more

SBRI cancer programme open to applications

Applications are now open for the SBRI cancer programme competition 2, which launched on 5 April. The competition is delivered in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement’s cancer programme. 

This £15million competition invites applications for funding to implement solutions in late-stage development into front-line settings to improve early detection and diagnosis of cancer.

The deadline for applications is 24 May 2022.

Find out more

Virtual wards eLearning programme 

NHS England and Health Education England have launched an eLearning programme on virtual wards, to support doctors, nurses and allied professionals in the use of technology to provide safe, acute-level care to patients at home.

Find out more

Size of the Prize for High Blood Pressure

UCLPartners has launched ‘Size of the Prize’ for hypertension to support the new national Blood Pressure Optimisation Programme. For every Integrated Care System (ICS) in England, Size of the Prize shows how we can be very ambitious about preventing heart attacks and strokes at scale.

Dr Matt Kearney gives an overview of the initiative in this blog. 

Integration and innovation

NHS Confederation has launched a new report that looks at how collaborations between providers at neighbourhood, place and system level are making a positive impact on patient care.

The report is the latest in its Integration and Innovation in Action series, and explores examples of provider collaboration at neighbourhood, place and system level. Based on interviews with leaders and clinicians, it also identifies a common set of principles that underpin partnership working – whatever the size or challenge.

Find out more 

NICE Lipid Management Pathway 

The clinical pathway for lipid management has now been updated to include bempedoic acid to primary prevention and Inclisiran into the secondary prevention pathway. This pathway unifies multiple NICE guidance and technology appraisals into a single document to support clinical decision making on lipid management, supporting the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambitions for cardiovascular disease prevention and to improve patient outcomes.

The pathway can be found here.

Innovator support day - video premieres

Our first Innovator Support Day last month was a pilot that aimed to bring together a small number of companies that we’ve been supporting to share experiences and knowledge, with a particular focus on addressing health inequalities.

We were also joined by our colleagues at Centric Health Media who recorded short interviews with each of the innovators.
The first videos from the day have now been published and are a great chance to find out more about some of the incredible work that the innovators are doing and the impact they're making:

Making healthcare one language featuring CardMedic
More accessible ear and hearing healthcare featuring Tympa Health
Driving early intervention for children's speech and langauge therapy featuring Kids Speech Labs
Using safe AI to improve NHS lung cancer care featuring Behold.AI
Reducing health inequalities and digital exclusion featuring Cenigma
Total surgery solution featuring Definition Health 

To find out more about how KSS AHSN can support your business or innovation drop us an email at 

SimEPR: embedding digital skills in clinical training

Electronic systems are increasingly common in health and care settings but practical medical education continues to use paper-based methods. To combat this 'digital gap' SimEPR is a new technology that creates an educational experience more representative of current clinical practice.

As well as aligning training with modern clinical practice, SimEPR additionally equips the future workforce with the skills to safely and confidently use electronic patient records. This supports optimal patient outcomes by reducing the incidence of electronic system-related clinical errors.

SimEPR has been piloted at four medical simulation centers with overwhelmingly positive feedback from students:
•    86% of trainees reported SimEPR created a more realistic training experience.
•    82% of trainees reported SimEPR helped augment their clinical learning.
•    86% would recommend their department continues to use SimEPR for future simulation training sessions.

KSS AHSN has been supporting SimEPR and its founder Dr Arron Thind, providing the commercial and market insight needed to transform the technology from a prototype with an evidence base to an operational product.

Dr Charlotte Roberts, Senior Programme Manager, KSS AHSN, said:
“Some of the best innovative solutions come from people within the health and social care system who can see and understand the challenges in front of them, and want to work with others to co-create the best solution that benefits patients and the workforce.” 

Read more 

Mental health competition

The NIHR Trauma MIC is running a competition as part of its new Mental Health (PTSD) workstream. The competition invites applications for medical devices/ technologies addressing the prevention and/ or management of the psychological impact of traumatic physical injury.

Any medical device-based solution for any psychological impact of traumatic physical injury will be considered. Up to three projects will be awarded in-kind support to the value of £15,000. Applications are encouraged from SME’s and individuals working for either HEIs or NHS Trusts.

Find out more

AHSN Network Funding Newsletter

We bring you the very latest edition of this comprehensive list of funding and grant news for start-ups, SMEs and health innovators has just been published. 

Click here to access a range of funding opportunities

Health Technology Regulatory and Innovation Programme Application Guide

If you are an SME working in HealthTech, you can apply for up to £30,000 of funding for use with regulatory affairs providers, to help you navigate regulatory pathways.

On behalf of Innovate UK, CPI and ABHI have developed the Health Technology Regulatory and Innovation Programme to support small and medium-sized (SME) businesses to navigate the complex and ever-changing HealthTech regulatory landscape.

The programme will support SMEs that rely on external expertise to commercialise new products, or re-register existing products in-line with new regulatory requirements.

If you’re interested in applying KSS AHSN can help connect you with a regulatory expert for the application. Email Alastair Kirby for more information.

Applications close on 31st May 2022 - find out more

Supporting industry to work with the NHS

Our latest animation explains how we can help bridge the gap between industry and the NHS. 

It talks about the importance of having a clear value proposition, the need to generate evidence, and how the AHSNs can support innovators - with products and services that match NHS priorities - through these stages and on to national adoption.

You can watch the video here or contact our industry engagement team for more information. 

Resources for innovators

Our colleagues in the AHSN Network Innovation Exchange have put together a package of some of the key resources for innovators that are available through the AHSN Network.

The guides, tips and toolkits cover topics such as:
  • Business case development
  • Market readiness
  • Evidence
  • Adoption and spread

Find out more 

Research Week 

Professor Sally Kendall, Capacity Lead at NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex, has announced the programme for this year's Research Week. The sessions reflect equality, diversity and inclusion in all its forms and how it is important for applied research, researchers across all professions and disciplines and engaging with the public.

The week includes a line-up of learning and development events, research insight talks and presentations aimed primarily at early career researchers, PhD students and independent researchers and has been designed to help bring people together across academia, health and social care. 

All events are free, with virtual events taking place 20-22 June and an in person all day symposium on 23 June at the University of Sussex. 

Find out more

Funded scholarship opportunities 

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex is looking for students who are enthusiastic about applied health and social care research and can become part of the research communities within ARC KSS and the University of Kent.

Find out more

Implementing the latest NICE approved Lipid Management Pathway

5 May 10:00 - 13:00 - online

This webinar has been organised by the South East Academic Health Science Networks (KSS, Oxford and Wessex) and is open to all Multi-Disciplinary Health Care Professionals/clinicians and programme managers working within these regions with an interest or role in lipid management.

It's the first in a series of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) education sessions that will be delivered across the South East region throughout 2022/23. It will provide an overview of the AHSN Network national lipids optimisation programme, which aims to work closely with NHS Trusts and primary & secondary care services to improve the management of cholesterol, increase the detection of those with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia and optimise the use of all medicines for patients on the cholesterol management pathway.

Find out more and register

Child health technology (CHT2022) conference

11 and 12 May - online

Featuring the latest technologies from across the world, the conference will welcome inspirational talks from leaders in the field, seminars on key themes and interviews with key opinion leaders and child heath technology experts. 

CHT2022 will also host technology demonstrations, lively interactive debates, and Q&A sessions.

Find out more and register

Polypharmacy: Getting the balance right  
24 May - online

Following the success of the previous two polypharmacy events, a further webinar has been organised to demonstrate how polypharmacy prescribing comparators help us understand variation in prescribing of multiple medicines and identify patients more likely to be exposed to the risk of taking multiple, or combinations of, medicines. Hosted by the AHSN Network and NHS Business Services Authority (BSA), the webinar will take place on Tuesday 24 May for nominated AHSN polypharmacy and clinical leads; ICS medicines optimisation leads and Primary Care Network (PCN) teams, including GPs and pharmacists.

Find out more and reserve your space.

PPE innovation forum 

Various dates and locations to the end of June 2022 

A series of events across England for front-line health and care staff to share their views and experience to inform the development of the next generation of PPE. They aim to create a forum for dialogue, learning and innovation to support the development of new PPE and cleaning/decontamination products.

These events are led by CleanAIR in partnerships with the NHS. 

The event for the South East is in Brighton on 28 June. Find out more

A practical guide to Human Factors in Healthcare 

17 June,  10.00 - 17.00 - online

Aimed at Clinicians and Managers, this national virtual conference will provide a practical guide to human factors in healthcare, and how a human factors approach can improve patient care, quality, process and safety.

Find out more 

NIHR Fellowship event 

29 June, 10.00 - 13.00 - online  

NIHR Research Design Service South East's Fellowship Event is open to anyone across Kent, Surrey and Sussex who is considering applying for one of the NIHR fellowships.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding of the various NIHR Fellowship opportunities amongst clinicians, practitioners and researchers.

Speak to your RDS SE Research Adviser or email for more details, or book your place via Eventbrite 

SEHTA 2022 International MedTech Expo and Conference

13 October - London  

Register today for South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) 2022 International MedTech Expo & Conference, which takes place on Thursday 13 Oct 2022 in London.

Early-bird delegate offer to attend with prices starting from ONLY £225+VAT for SEHTA Members available until 30th June. Hurry thou as only 70 places are available at this price!

For more information and to book - 

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

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