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Issue 80  |  30 September 2021
KSS Health and Social Care

Breaking the cycle

KSS AHSN and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey Sussex (ARC KSS) are among the contributors to a new report investigating investment in eating disorder research in the UK.

The ‘Breaking the Cycle’ report compiled by Beat – the eating disorder charity – on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eating Disorders sets out the findings and recommendations from the APPG’s inquiry into research funding, conducted from December 2020 to Spring 2021.

The report sets out actions for research funders (including government), universities, the NHS, academics and others to help achieve the much-needed advances in knowledge that research can deliver.

Find out more

Awards succes

Congratulations to Surrey Heartlands CCG for its success in the Digital Health Partnership Award.

As one of the 14 Phase 1 winners Surrey Heartlands CCG will be extending its hypertension remote monitoring service to all poorly controlled patients, as well as  developing digital pathways for patients with CVD and other long term conditions so that patients can use a single digital health technology to manage multiple long term conditions.

The awards were launched by the Innovation Development Team, part of the Chief Digital Officer Directorate, to help NHS organisations in England to bid for funding to accelerate the adoption of digital health technologies to support patients with long term conditions focusing on supporting people at home.

The Award brings together partners critical to the scaling of digital health technology. These include technology partners, patient activation and adoption and outcomes, benefits realisation.

Read more about the awards

SEHTA 2021 International MedTech Expo & Conference

As a Gold Sponsor of the event, we have received an allocation of 20 free tickets for NHS colleagues to attend SEHTA’s 2021 International MedTech Expo & Conference on Friday 8 October at Hilton’s London Tower Bridge Hotel.

If you would like to know more please visit, and to take up this offer please email and she will be able to register you for free

SEHTA hope that by holding their event in October, the UK will be in a much better position to allow them to run this as an attended event and their digital health platform is now open for all attendees to start making those valuable connections again via their 1:1 partnering portal. 


Overprescribing review

Led by Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England Dr Keith Ridge CBE, the government-commissioned review into overprescribing found 10% of the volume of prescription items dispensed through primary care in England are either inappropriate for that patients’ circumstances and wishes, or could be better served with alternative treatments.

The review sets out a series of practical and cultural changes to make sure patients get the most appropriate treatment for their needs while also ensuring clinicians’ time is well spent and taxpayer money is used wisely. 

Read the review

How a new test is improving asthma care

It’s suspected that 30 per cent of 5.4 million patients currently diagnosed with asthma in the UK have been misdiagnosed. 

The latest Health Innovation podcast from the AHSN Network hears about a programme to improve the diagnosis and management of asthma within primary care, through the spread of a breathing test called FeNO. 

Host Dr Phil Jennings talks to severe asthma sufferer Emma Thompson and Carol Stonham, a Senior Nurse Practitioner and the Executive Chair of the Primary Care Respiratory Society.

You can listen to the Health Innovation podcast on Audioboom or any major podcast channel. 

Measuring business contribution to health 

Business for Health (B4H) and the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) are engaging the business community to design a Business Index to measure business contribution to health and promote the role of business in creating a healthier nation - recognising that health is the foundation for wellbeing and economic growth.
Building on CBI’s report, Seize the Moment: How Can Business Transform the UK Economy, B4H and the CBI are working together to provide practical ‘how to’ information to help businesses improve their contribution to population health and get ‘Health’ into ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) frameworks to guide innovation and investment in sustainable health.
Read more

Explore genomics in midwifery 

Genomics is fundamental to midwifery practice. It allows midwives to predict and prepare for situations in pregnancy to better protect and care for the parent and child.

To help midwives recognise the significance of genomics in their practice, the Genomics Ed-ucation Programme (GEP) has created a new resource in the Genomics in Healthcare series: Genomics in Midwifery. The webpage brings together tips and tools to support midwives at any point of their career and at any stage of their genomics learning journey.

The resource brings together a variety of learning opportunities, including an introductory animation highlighting the importance of genomics in midwifery practice, a pregnancy touchpoint walkthrough with good practice tips and a case study that explores why early information about family history can have such a big impact on care.

View the resource

Digital Clinical Safety Strategy launched 

NHSX has published the NHS's first ever Digital Clinical Safety Strategy. 

Safe digital health technologies are critical to COVID-19 recovery efforts. Building on the NHS patient safety strategy, the Digital Clinical Safety Strategy has been developed with NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Digital, frontline staff and patient bodies. 

It sets out two clear aims.

  • To improve the safety of digital technologies in health and care, now and in the future. 
  • To identify and promote the use of digital technologies as solutions to patient safety challenges.
Read the strategy

Feedback on digital transformation

NHSX would like your feedback on what you think of the contribution they have made to digitally transforming the NHS and social care in the past three months. They’d like to hear from you if you work in health technology and digital services across the NHS and social care, or are a leader or manager in clinical and non clinical roles. The research is conducted independently and fully anonymous, it’s open until 7 October 2021.

Take the survey

Transforming surgery for the future

As a bronze sponsor of the Green Surgery Challenge 2021, the AHSN Network is pleased to share that the Judging and Awards Ceremony will be held November 4th, 12:00-14:30.

Five teams that are catalysing cultural change within the surgical community will showcase their Green Surgery Challenge projects, highlighting the environmental, social, and economic impact made. A panel of distinguished judges will provide feedback on the project's innovation, impact and transferability.

At the event, delegates will have the opportunity to network and join one of five breakout panel sessions where each of the teams will lead a discussion on a theme in sustainable surgery relating to their project. 

Register to attend the judging and awards ceremony

Alzheimer’s Society Accelerator Programme opens for applications

The Alzheimer’s Society Accelerator Programme is investing in innovations to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. The programme offers investment up to the value of £100,000 and bespoke innovation support for a 12-month partnership. 

The programme is inviting engineers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs to apply. It is looking for applications from teams or individuals at any stage of the product development journey, from a great idea that needs testing through to proven products that need a push to maximise their reach. 
Applications must be submitted by midday on Friday 29 October 2021.

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

Meet the innovator: Adrian Flowerday, Docobo

Meet Adrian Flowerday, CEO of Docobo, a company which develops and deploys remote patient monitoring and demand analytic solutions which are used across the NHS and further afield in care homes, primary care settings, patients’ own homes and in hospitals to transform out of hospital care. The company is celebrating 20 years in digital healthcare in 2021 -happy birthday to you!

Meet Adrian Flowerday 


Adrian at the HETT Show,
September 2021

Call for new NIA Fellows opens

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) - an NHS England and NHS Improvement initiative supported by England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), hosted at UCLPartners - has launched the call for its 2022 cohort of Fellows.

The national accelerator is open to local, national and international health and social care innovations supported by passionate individuals from any background, including SMEs, clinicians, charity/third sector and academics.

Find out more

Resources for innovators

Our colleagues in the AHSN Network Innovation Exchange have put together a new 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

Applications invited for latest SBRI 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.

Innovate and Grow with the University of Surrey

A new film from the Business Enterprise  Team at the University of Surrey features four of its high-tech, high-growth companies and summarises how they have benefitted from collaborating with Surrey researchers as part of the SETsquared Scale-Up and the SPRINT (Space Research and Innovation Network for Technology) Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) programmes.

On November 3 the University will be hosting an online event “Innovate UK Funding Opportunities and How to Succeed”. This will provide an introduction to the Innovate UK funding landscape, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), and give an overview of the support on offer from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Innovate UK Edge, SETsquared Scale-Up programme, and the Business Enterprise Programmes team.

Find out more


Supporting early career researchers

NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex (CRN KSS), Research Design Service South East (RDS SE) and Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) have launched a new online learning platform for early career researchers (ECRs). It is designed to prepare ECRs to undertake research within health and social care settings.

The learning resources cover three levels:

  1. Understanding research
  2. Getting involved in research
  3. Developing your own research

People can join the pathway at any stage depending on the individual’s level of expertise and knowledge. They should also be able to step off at any stage if they want to follow an academic pathway.

Find out more

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  

MedTech Expo and Conference

8 October 2021 

This medtech 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

Working with patients, carers and the public: How to get it right

18 October 2021

Involving patients and the public in designing health and care services, research and education is essential. However, health and care staff can find it challenging to do this in a way that works well for all. Patients and the public may also find that they are not sure about the most effective way to get their views across.

This online webinar will explore why working together is so important and ways to make it most effective.

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 

Innovate UK - funding opportunities and how to succeed 

3 November 2021 - online

Find out about the current Innovate UK funding landscape, forthcoming opportunities and how to prepare a successful grant application.

About this event
Are you a University of Surrey academic interested in collaborating with business to further your research and generate real world impact?
Are you an business interested in gaining access to the University of Surrey’s academic expertise, cutting-edge research facilities and top-class students?

If the answer to either question is yes, you are invited to register to attend the University of Surrey’s free online event.

Digital Hospitals Conference 2021: Achieving digital excellence 

3 November 2021 - Manchester

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the rapid adoption of digital technology in the NHS and significant changes in the delivery of services more widely – to free up space and capacity in acute hospitals, enable remote working and reduce the risk of infection transmission in NHS settings.

Our Conference 2021: Achieving digital excellence will provide NHS Tech leaders with a refreshing platform to meet and engage with peers and providers in person. As an attendee, you can expect to hear from 8 high-level guest speakers sharing policy and practical insight alongside actively deploying innovation and technology, or just innovative technology.

Find out more 

Business case workshop

16 November 2021 - online

The KSS AHSN industry engagement team is running this online to support innovators/SMEs with how to approach writing, or contributing to, business cases.

The focus will be on helping participants understand the purpose of a business case, HM Treasury frameworks for what public sector business cases need to cover, and the components of a good business case. 

Find out more and register

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

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