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Issue 90  |  03 March 2022
KSS Health and Social Care


Dr Claire Fuller, chief executive of Surrey Heartlands, is leading a wide-ranging national stocktake on how systems work with primary care and others to improve integration of patient care.

She is eager to hear as wide a range of views as possible about how to seize this opportunity to ensure integrated primary care is at the heart of ICSs: "I believe, as do my Integrated Care Boards CEO colleagues around the country, that the answers exist in pockets of fantastic best practice up and down the country and we need your help to identify them." 

Find out more and take part in the conversation

SASH launches new 'green plan' 

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust launches a new Green Plan in response to the NHS’s mission to reach Net Zero Carbon by 2040.

The NHS intends to be the world’s first net-zero carbon health service and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is determined to play its part. 

The Trust’s new Green Plan comes with commitment and strives to meet three key aims:

  1. Reduce our impact on the natural environment and deliver Net Zero Carbon care
  2. Support the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and communities by encouraging them to make healthy choices
  3. Invest in the future through forward thinking, sustainable decision making.
Find out more and read the Green Plan 

Addressing student mental health challenges

Representatives from across health services, higher education sector and students have come together to discuss ways to improve local students’ wellbeing and mental health.

The event on February 15 was organised by Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) working across Kent, Surrey, and Sussex, Wessex, and Oxfordshire and Thames Valley in partnership with NHS England/Improvement.

This work has become more pressing since the pandemic, which has had a greater impact on students compared to those from the wider society.

Find out more

Healthy Hearts Sussex - could you volunteer? 

Healthy Hearts Sussex offers people in Brighton and Hove free coaching, if they want to make changes to improve their health and wellbeing. The coaching is done through one-to-one sessions, with volunteers known as ‘Community Health Volunteers.’

Find out more about the initiative and how to volunteer. 

2022/23 MedTech Funding Mandate virtual launch event

NHS leaders across all professions are invited to learn more about the seven new MedTech Funding Mandate products that will be supported in 2022/23.

The online event is on Thursday 17 March, 13:15 - 15:00, and will provide an opportunity to find out more about the innovations, hear about how to procure the new products, the funding mechanism and learn about the savings and benefits.

Register here

HeartFlow – reducing time, costs and uncertainty

The latest Health Innovation Podcast hears how HeartFlow can analyse a CT scan of a heart within four hours, avoiding unnecessary procedures and helping clinicians to quickly identify the right treatment.

HeartFlow is supported by the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative’s MedTech Funding Mandate and AHSNs are helping to increase its use across the country.

Listen to the podcast

Working in partnership to harness the potential of digital technology

Following the announcement last year of a two-year collaboration agreement between NICE and the AHSN Network, Nicola Bent (Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Innovation Adoption at Wessex AHSN) talks about the shared ambition to address market access challenges for digital innovation.

A key element of this agreement is working more closely together to address market access challenges for digital innovations, navigating and breaking down the barriers to adoption and spread of innovation to support the system.

Read more 

Written medicine and health inequalities report

Written Medicine is a tool which supports medication labelling in languages other than English. This new report follows a round table discussion that was held to explore how the tool could be more widely deployed within pharmacy teams to ensure patients understand their medicines, and to support compliance with the General Pharmaceutical Council standards around patient-centred care and effective communication.

Language skills, in particular not speaking English at all or not having English as a first language, can be a key barrier to accessing healthcare and, importantly, to taking medicines well. The impact of not understanding medicines instructions is clear, not only in purely health terms but also in economic terms due to opportunities lost, poorer health outcomes and an unsatisfactory experience of healthcare for patients. 

Read the report 

Do you have an idea for a health tech product or service? In need of business support to test the validity of your business model?
The Health Innovation Programme is your opportunity to explore and develop your business plan with help from experienced mentors.
We’re running this fully-funded, hands-on programme In partnership with @SETsquared Partnership. It will help you better understand the UK health sector as a market and give you the opportunity to present your Business Model Canvas to healthcare experts.
The next programme takes place online on 20, 21, 23, 24 & 27 June 2022. Applications close at 9am on Monday 25 April.
Apply now:

AHSN Network Funding Newsletter

The latest edition of this comprehensive list of funding and grant news for start-ups, SMEs and health innovators was published last week. 

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

#Key lessons in making your innovation a success

Alastair Kirby, an Industry and Technology Navigator at KSS AHSN, has been writing about the key lessons that can support the successful adoption of innovations across government. 

In this blog he considers a range of points, including why it's so important to understand the landscape you're working in, and the power of seeing potential customers and users as innovation partners. 

Read the blog here

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 

ARC KSS project funding call for Expressions of Interest - KSS priorities for care

The Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey, and Sussex (ARC KSS) is seeking to commission projects that respond to and address key priorities for health and care provision across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

Projects are expected to start by October 2022, for a duration no longer than 24 months and should meet a range of criteria, including: 

  • address a clear priority for health and care providers or commissioners in the KSS region, as evidenced through meaningful engagement by provider organisations and the public. 
  • involve health and care organisations, focusing on strong evidence to support practice through collaboration across health and care settings and/or academia. 
  • contribute to a public need and creative solutions for how best to direct limited resources toward priorities for Kent, Surrey and Sussex populations for improved/efficient care that are needed now.

Expressions of interest will accepted up to 5pm on April 14.

Full details are available here

Pincer training 

Various dates to the end of March 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 3 - Review progress, problem solving and lessons learnt, runs from March 3 to March 30. 

Falls pathways: How can we prevent the revolving door?

10 March 2022, 12.00 - 13.00 - online 

This event will take you through the story of a person who has fallen, showing what happens if there is a quick response, and what happens if there isn’t and the fallen person experiences a long lie. It will then discuss how these consequences can be prevented with a proper system in place to give an appropriate and timely response.

This free webinar, complete with a live Q&A, will be hosted by Felgains and we'll include two guest speakers:
• Louise Balson, falls and frailty lead at South Western Ambulance Service (SWAST)
• Amy Hassan, Head of Dorset UCR and formerly an Occupational Therapist in ED

Unable to make this date and time? Feel free to register anyway to receive the recording afterwards!

Find out more and book 

Health and care systems as a marketplace – UK and Canadian perspectives

10 March 2022, 17.00 - 18.30 - online 

This webinar for innovators focuses on how health and care services are procured and delivered in UK and Canada. Delegates will gain an understanding of how to scale up and offer products to overseas markets. Attendees will also be signposted to further resources to help with next steps.

The free event is aimed at healthy ageing innovators based in the UK or Canada who have an established product or service and are looking to diversify into new (international) markets.

This 90-minute webinar including a Q&A session is being jointly hosted by the AHSN Network and the Canadian AGE-WELL network as part of a three-year international Innovation Exchange programme.

Find out more and book 

Greener NHS - what suppliers need to know

16 March 2022, 12.00 - 13.30 - online 

The NHS is moving to net zero, this mean reducing emissions and waste. If you are a supplier to the NHS then from April 2022 will have to demonstrate that your products and processes also aim towards net zero

To find out more, join the ‘Greener NHS; what suppliers need to know’ webinar hosted by the AHSN network. Hear from experts on the Greener NHS policies and what is expected of suppliers, how NHS Supply Chain are implementing the policies, and a case study from a UK manufacturer who has been through the system.

Find out more and book 

Spring Symposium: Spotlight on Research 

22 March 2022, 10.00 - 12.00 - online 

This event will provide an opportunity to engage directly with ARC KSS Public Community Involvement and Engagement team, research teams from the universities of Kent, Surrey and Sussex and clinicians from East Kent University Hospitals Trust.

Find out more and book

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 

Polypharmacy: Getting the balance right
24 March and 6 April 2022, 12.00 - 13.30 - online 

To consider how best to understand and utilise available medicines data, the AHSN Network and NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) are hosting webinars on 24 March and 6 April for nominated AHSN polypharmacy and clinical leads; ICS medicines optimisation leads and Primary Care Network (PCN) teams, including GPs and pharmacists.

As part of the new national polypharmacy programme, the webinar will 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.

Find out more and reserve your space

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

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