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Issue 91  |  17 March 2022
KSS Health and Social Care

Join the KSS AHSN team

We've just launched our latest campaign to recruit Programme Managers for our Industry and Technology Navigator, and Workforce and Wound Care, Programmes. 

You can see the full details of all vacancies here while this Q&A with Jill Owens, one of our Programme Managers, gives more insight into the Industry and Technology Navigator role

Online Patient Survey on Medicines Information 

We’re working together with a multinational Pharmaceutical Company to better understand how people feel about product information and labelling. 

If you're 18+, live in the UK and taking prescription medicine please complete our survey before 30th March. You can find out more about the project here.

Co-producing health info resources

During COVID NIHR ARC Kent Surrey and Sussex funded a rapid response research project that focussed on co-producing culturally-sensitive COVID-19 resources, aimed at older members of the Nepalese and Hindi communities.

In this blog Rebecca Sharp, Implementation Manager, reflects on the process, lessons learned, and considers the benefits of a co-production approach. 

Read the blog

Safer care starts with supporting our workforce

For Patient Safety Awareness Week, led by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, the latest blog from The AHSN Network discusses why supporting our staff and their mental and physical wellbeing has never been more important. Patient Safety Director, Cheryl Crocker, reminds us how promoting safer care needs to start with a healthy, positive workforce.

Read more.

Have your say on the future of innovation education within the NHS

The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) is conducting a review to understand how to support health and care employees and organisations increase successful adoption of innovation. Please help shape the future of innovation by completing and sharing the Learning Provider Survey with your organisation or with anyone who is involved in providing or developing innovation training. We would also like to hear from all staff on what they would like from a future education offer through our Innovation Staff Survey (Surveys close on 23rd March). 

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 

Can we improve perinatal mental health?

In the latest Health Innovation podcast from the AHSN Network 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 talks about their pre and post-natal fitness programme, and Alison Baum presents Baby Buddy, an app to support parents provided by Best Beginnings. 

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:

NICE news for AposHealth

Congratulations to AposHealth, whose flagship solution, Apos®, recently received a significant distinction in Europe in a Medtech Innovation Briefing (MIB) published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). We wish them every success in their journey, and looking forward to supporting them further along the way. 
Find out more  

AHSN Network Funding Newsletter

The 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 

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

Quality of Life at Work for the Adult Social Care workforce report

Social care is delivered by around 18,200 independent providers and many of its workforce are low-paid and under-valued. Turn-over within the sector is high and recruitment challenging, even for those with professional registration, such as social workers. Understanding and supporting people’s quality of life at work is paramount if we want to retain skilled staff and ensure the best outcomes for those they care for.  

The research team asked what matters most for care workers’ quality of life at work, how it was supported by employers and what staff would find helpful in the future. These findings are summarised in this report, along with recommendations for actions. 

Social Care is one of the core themes for ARC KSS which has a number of research projects to support both Social Care and Social Work, as well as the implementation of research findings.  As part of the support, there are a number of Communities of Experience developing, for example Homecare or Domiciliary Care, Informal or Family Carers and also the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.  

If you are interested in hearing more about any of these, or more generally the work of the ARC in the social care sector then please get in touch with Becky Sharp, Social Care Implementation Lead, ARC KSS. 

Read the report

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. 

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

VCSE Community of Experience
21 March, 13:00 - 14.30 - online 

The Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey Sussex (ARC KSS) is pleased to be hosting a Community of Experience for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

This initial meeting will focus on the CAVEAT research project which is led by a team of researchers from across Kent Surrey and Sussex.  CAVEAT aims to co-develop and test a set of guidelines and resources (a 'toolkit') to support VCSE organisations in collecting data and demonstrating their activity and impact.  This is primarily aimed at those organisations providing services to support the well-being of older people living at home.  

Find out more and register 

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

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

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