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Issue 95  |  12 May 2022
KSS Health and Social Care

SBRI success

Following his recent success in securing funding from SBRI Healthcare to help NHS Reset and Recovery, we caught up with Dr Julian Nesbitt, founder and CEO of the Dr Julian Platform, to find out more about the award and what it will mean to the company’s development.

Read our interview with Julian

KSS Respiratory Quality Improvement Award winners

Our Respiratory Programme held its spring Respiratory Collaborative on 10th May. The virtual event was co-chaired by clinical leads Julia Bott and Dr Jo Congleton, with a great line up of presentations as well as the annual KSS Respiratory Quality Improvement Awards.
Congratulations to this year’s winners, the Frimley Health Community Respiratory teams (Adult Integrated Respiratory team (AIR), FHFT North and FHFT Community Respiratory Team, FHFT South) for their Post COVID Classes, providing specialist input, ‘COVID safe’ face to face rehabilitation and promotion of self-management to support ongoing recovery from COVID 19 for patients following admission.
If you missed the event, you can catch up on the presentations via these links:

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

Collaborative approach to CVD

More than 400 people registered for last week’s South-East Lipids Management webinar, which was the first in a series of cardiovascular disease (CVD) education events run by Kent Surrey and Sussex, Wessex and Oxford AHSNs.

Jen Bayly, Principal Consultant, CVD Prevention, KSS AHSN, helped to organise the session and in this blog she reflects on the importance of the work and the next steps in the programme.

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

AHSN Network at Health Plus Care conference

Speakers from across the AHSN Network will feature at the Health Plus Care conference at ExCel in London on 18 and19 May 2022. Returning as a face-to-face event after a three year absence, the conference aims to provide opportunities for the NHS to come together to reflect, respond and reorganise following the challenges of the past two years.

The event will feature a variety of talks and sessions across three programmes:
•    The Healthcare Show
•    The Residential & Care Home Show
•    Digital Healthcare Show

It's a chance to hear speakers from across the AHSN Network on both days, covering a variety of topics including transformation, integrated care, digital healthcare and building a net zero NHS.

The event is free for UK care, healthcare and allied healthcare professionals. 

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

Supporting patient engagement with digital health

Health apps and digital tools have the potential to help alleviate some of the huge pressures the NHS faces from Covid-19, the backlog of care and rising demand. But introducing these tools into health care and supporting people to use them is never a quick fix, and they will not work for everyone.

This summary from the Nuffield Trust provides a set of lessons for ensuring digital health innovations are applied in optimal ways for the people using them. The findings are based on a large-scale evaluation of digital technologies being implemented in health and social care in East London.

Read the summary

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.

Building a business that's NHS ready - new bite sized workshops offer access to expertise

We know that running a health tech business is challenging. From managing your first set of business accounts to driving new growth for your company, from understanding how the NHS works to connecting with the right people, innovators working in health and social care face new challenges at every stage. At KSS AHSN we are here to share our expertise and experience to help you navigate this complex ecosystem. 

Our industry team is launching a new series of free, interactive, bite-sized workshops hosted by subject matter experts, to support start-ups, clinical entrepreneurs, and SMEs to manage and grow their business. Our first three bite-sized workshops are focused on the business fundamentals needed to drive and sustain the growth of your company and the key things to make you "NHS ready":

9 June, 10.30 – 12:00: "Understanding your accounts for non-business managers". Online workshop led by Hayley Ross, Financial Controller, KSS AHSN. Book here

4 July, 14:00 – 16: 30: “DTAC / Understanding your regulation requirements”. In person workshop led by Lyndon Johnson, CEO, 8Fold Governance, and Dr Alastair Kirby, Industry Navigator. KSS AHSN. Book here

10 August, 10:00 – 11:30: “Developing your value proposition for health and social care”. Online workshop led by Dr Alastair Kirby, Industry Navigator KSS AHSN. Book here

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

Innovator support day - videos published

Our Innovator Support Day was a pilot that brought 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. All the videos from the day have now been published and are a great chance to find out more about some of the incredible work they're doing and the impact they're making:

Healthcare task management featuring Infinity Health
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 

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

Professor Sally Kendall, ARC KSS Research Capacity Lead, introduces this year's Research Week which reflects 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.

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

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

NIHR innovation showcase 

17 June,  09.00 - 13.00 - online

This free-of-charge event will offer the opportunity to listen to some of today’s most disruptive innovations in the UK supported by NIHR i4i, NHS England and NHS Improvement Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare, NHS Cancer Programme and the NHS AI Lab, AAC and NIHR sponsored AI in Health and Care Award.

It will include networking with entrepreneurs, investors, the NIHR Innovations team and a number of stakeholders who catalyse and spread innovation in the healthcare and medtech ecosystem. 

Please save the date in your calendar and register your interest 

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 

People, technology, equality, experience: how technology-enabled remote monitoring is changing lives

29 June, 10.00 - 16.00 - online  

This Innovation Collaborative event aims to explore challenges and discuss the next steps towards empowering people from all walks of life to benefit from technology-enabled remote monitoring.

Find out more and register for a free place

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. An early-bird delegate offer to attend, with prices starting from £225+VAT for SEHTA members, is available until 30 June. 

Find out more and book

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

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