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Issue 88  |  3 February 2022
KSS Health and Social Care

New appointments at KSS AHSN

We are delighted to announce that Des Holden has been appointed as KSS AHSN’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Des has been acting Managing Director for the past year and played a vital role in leading the organisation through internal and system support challenges of COVID-19, while developing a plan for post-pandemic growth.

The change comes following Guy Boersma’s decision to step down as Managing Director and accept a new role as KSS AHSN’s Strategy Development Director.

This position, which is very much in line with Guy’s career development ambitions, will see him seeking out and developing potential and early-stage strategic collaborations with a range of regional and national partners.

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New guidelines for online therpeutic intervention

A team of researchers at the University of Sussex have launched a set of guidelines to help practitioners provide better support to parents and children accessing mental health services online.

The Guidelines for Using Online Therapeutic Intervention follows a research project, “Zoom or Room” - Online v in-person therapy? funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration, Kent Surrey and Sussex and supported by Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network that took place last year and looked at the effectiveness and guidance for in-person versus online intervention session.

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HEE Roadmap

Health Education England (HEE) have commissioned Unity Insights to develop a roadmap of AI-driven technologies and interactive dashboard, exploring the use and impact of AI in the NHS. The report examines the effects on workforce groups, clinical pathways, point of care, and their respective transitioning requirements.

The report and its respective dashboard allow the reader to understand the landscape of AI and data-driven technologies that currently exist within the healthcare system, the taxonomies they sit within, their spread and adoption, and their potential impact on workforce.

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Supporting people at the end of life

The Academic Health Science Network (AHSN Network) and Health Education England have published a report focusing on how patients and families are supported around the time of death, and examples of good practice from healthcare organisations across England.

The project took a novel approach by employing two Patient Safety Fellows to gather evidence and learning. They engaged with over 200 staff from over 40 healthcare organisations to understand what was working well, and where there were gaps in bereavement support.

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Can we improve perinatal mental health: New Health Innovation Podcast

In this episode, our host Dr Hasan Chowhan talks to Dr Sushma Sundaresh, a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist in Bromley to investigate how mental health issues can affect new parents, with a particular focus on the importance of addressing health inequalities.

Wendy Powell from MUTU System also joins to tell us about their pre and post-natal fitness programme, and Alison Baum tells us about Baby Buddy, an app to support parents provided by Best Beginnings.

Listen to the Health Innovation Podcast on Audioboom or any major podcast channel.


Meet the Innovator: S12 Solutions

Meet Amy Manning, founder of S12 Solutions, an app and website, which together help mental health professionals efficiently complete Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) processes.

Developed to replace the outdated paper processes used to organise MHA assessment teams, the innovations aim to minimise delays to assessments, reduce distress and risk for the person waiting, and reduce pressures for health and social care professionals in the mental health crisis care system.

Read what Amy has to say about becoming the person doing things differently, the support that she has received from AHSNs, including KSS AHSN, and her advice for budding innovators.

Meet Amy

Innovation call - Supporting General Practice

General practice is under significant pressure due to a growing workload caused by a number of factors including high and rising patient demand, pandemic response, and a shortage of GPs and other clinical staff. In addition to their list of daily patient consultations, GPs have many time-consuming tasks that must be completed each day.

Two areas of work in particular have been identified which could be automated in some form to save GP time: processing pathology results and managing clinical correspondence.

KSS AHSN is making an exploratory call to industry and would like to hear from innovators who are developing or have developed solutions in these two areas.

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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

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ARC KSS pre-announcement:  open funding call for research and evidence projects

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) has pre-announced its open funding call for research and evidence projects.

The funding call is open to all staff that work within an ARC KSS member organisation and projects must meet a range of criteria, including: 

  • Address a clear priority for health and care providers or commissioners in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region, as evidenced through meaningful engagement by provider organisations and the public.  
  • Contribute to a public need and how best to direct limited resources toward priorities for Kent, Surrey and Sussex populations. They will produce evidence to support creative solutions for improved and efficient care that are needed now.
  • Clearly contribute to one of the ARC KSS themes
The full call details will be released on 1 March 2022 on the ARC KSS website and initial expressions of interest should be submitted by 14 April.

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Migrant Health Community of Experience

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS)  is holding a Community of Experience on February 10 (2pm-4pm) focussing on female migrants and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC). 

The event will be an opportunity for  local authorities, health and voluntary and community organisations to hear from those with lived experiences, understand current services and ongoing research into the health of migrants and further discuss how to improve outcomes for  migrants, including UASC, across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The event agenda will cover: 
  • Hearing from the voices of lived experiences 
  • Mapping of Kent, Surrey and Sussex UASC services and data
  • Research into the mental health of female migrants and how to improve access to support (Patrick Nyikavaranda)
  • Examples of services
  • An opportunity to share practice and collaborate with key partners to identify key issues, challenges and potential research opportunities
Find out more and register

ARC KSS hosts Homecare Community of Experience

The Social Care and Public Health themes at NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) hosted a Homecare Community of Experience to discussthe significant workforce pressures that continue to challenge the Social Care sector. 

Dr Stephen Allan, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Kent, shared findings from the RESSCW project, funded by the Health Foundation Efficiency Research Programme.  This work aims to support social care providers, commissioners, regulators and policy-makers  to understand organisational and individual drivers of staff retention and sustainability of the social care sector.  

Reducing the environmental impact of asthma inhalers

8 February 2022, 10.30 - 12:00 - online 

The AHSN Network is hosting a series of sharing and learning events that aim to share best practice innovations and initiatives to support the delivery of a net zero NHS.

The next event focusing on reducing the environmental impact of asthma inhalers will take place online on Tuesday 8 February 10:30 to 12:00.

The event is open to anyone working in the NHS with an interest in environmental sustainability but will be of particular interest to those working in primary care, respiratory clinicians, pharmacists interested in respiratory and NHS sustainability leads.

Register to attend 

Pincer training 

Various dates from 8 February 2022 - online 

KSS AHSN has released a series of training dates for the Pharmacist-led INformation technology intervention for reducing Clinically important ERrors (PINCER) system. 

Action Learning Set 2 - Review results and generate an action plan, runs from February 8 to March 1 
Action Learning Set 3 - Review progress, problem solving and lessons learnt, runs from March 3 to March 30. 

Dementia Research Conference 2022 

23 and 24 February - online 

Two days of fascinating talks on the latest in dementia research hosted by Prof. Naji Tabet, Centre for Dementia Studies at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. 

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RCN Clinical Research Nursing Conference 2022 

24 March 2022, 9.00 - 16.30 - online 

This dedicated event for Clinical Research Nurses will look to the future of clinical research nursing, with speakers from across the UK sharing and celebrating achievements and best practice, with networking opportunities, patient perspectives and exploring current topics for the research nursing workforce. 

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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