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Issue 102  |  1 September 2022

Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted for an AHSN Network Innovate Award!

Finalists include Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust in the Net Zero Innovation of the Year category for its open-source Context of Vehicle Emissions (COVE) tool, which gives accurate transport emissions and critical insights.

Hexitime CIC has been shortlisted in the Innovation Spread Award category. Hexitime is a collaboration platform and timebank for improving health and care services, and has been supported by KSS AHSN since 2018. You can learn more about Hexitime in this video.

Discover all the finalists here.

New Patient Safety Incident Response Framework launches

The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) has been published by NHS England as a major piece of guidance on how NHS organisations respond to patient safety incidents and ensure compassionate engagement with those affected.

The framework replaces the existing Serious Incident Framework and supports the key principles of a patient safety culture, focusing on understanding how incidents happen, rather than apportioning blame, allowing for more effective learning, and ultimately safer care for patients.

The transition will be supported in the region by the AHSN's Patient Safety Collaborative. A range of resources to support organisations with this process are available on the NHS England website. You can also register for their Implementing the new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework webinar, which is taking place on 5 September.

Join the KSS AHSN team

We are currently looking for two new members to join our team:

Head of Communications and EngagementThe closing date for final applications is Sunday 18 September 2022. However, we are operating a fluid recruitment timetable and encourage any interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Programme Manager - Patient Safety Collaborative Team: supporting the delivery of national patient safety improvement programmes. Closes 21 September.
To keep up to date on KSS AHSN career opportunities, visit our website.

Health and Social Care

South East Patient Safety Specialists conference

The AHSN’s Patient Safety Collaborative held its first conference bringing together Patient Safety Specialists from across the South East, with funding awarded from Q and the Health Foundation. Over 60 people attended the event in July, to meet, share experiences, and increase their collective understanding of the role and the scope of what can be achieved together.
Helen Davenport, Clinical Quality Director, NHS England South East, said:
“This was a terrific environment, where our Chief Nurse Acosia Nyanin discussed the importance of the Patient Safety Specialist role and how we must exercise our influence to support the entire patient safety agenda. Alice Parr reminded the specialists of the importance of ‘Our Circle of Influence’ and immersed us in the world of Civility Saves Lives.
“Helené Donnelly OBE, with great courage, relived her personal experience and brought the conference to an emotional standing ovation. We are truly grateful to you for bringing the voices of patients, families and staff to our conference. Tracey Herlihey from the national team, and Richard Young and Lucie Caroll from the Isle of Wight discussed the new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF), while Melanie Ottewill supported us with a better understanding of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch. Delegates certainly felt much less daunted.
“A big shout out to Ursula Clarke and her patient safety team for bringing welcome humour and kindness to the conference, and to Nuala Foley for sharing invaluable information about Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN that all Patient Safety Specialists can use. We will be using the feedback from the specialists to help plan our next conference.”

Learning event for cardiology and radiology teams

KSS AHSN is holding a South East regional event for cardiology and radiology teams, and commissioners, to explore the benefits of HeartFlow. This is an exciting new imaging tool, that allows for a visualisation of Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) from a CT scan, avoiding surgery for up to 1/3 of eligible cardiac patients.

The event will take place on 20 September, from 5.00-6.30pm, on MS Teams. Book here.

Could you be a Core20PLUS5 ambassador?

As part of the Core20PLUS5 approach, the National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme is seeking ambassadors to promote the importance of reducing healthcare inequalities.

The programme is a one-year voluntary opportunity for NHS staff with a record of improving healthcare inequalities. You will have opportunities to form a community of practice, increase your impact and influence, and develop your knowledge of and leadership in the healthcare inequalities improvement field.

The scheme aims to have two representatives who work for the NHS within every ICS. They are especially keen to hear from those working within the Kent and Medway and Surrey Heartlands areas to ensure good representation across the South East.

If you are interested, please visit the Future NHS page (login required) for further information and complete this short application form. Closing date 30 September.


Applications for the NHS Innovation Accelerator are now open!

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is an NHS England initiative supported by Academic Health Science Networks. It's latest call for fellows has just launched and is open to local, national and international healthcare innovations, supported by passionate individuals from any background, including SMEs, clinicians, charity/third sector and academics.

For the 2023 intake, the NIA is seeking innovations that align with the NHS Core20PLUS5 manifesto while addressing key theme areas of elective recovery and operational challenges post-pandemic.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate how their innovation actively alleviates health inequalities in practice. Applications close on 28 October 2022. Visit the NIA website to learn more about the application criteria and process, find dates for informational webinars, and access the online application portal.

If you would like to discuss a potential application, you can also contact us at

Net Zero: NHS Clinical Innovation Competition 

The latest funding competition from the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) is open for innovators who can help to transform carbon intensive areas of clinical care and complex care pathways, and help the NHS meet its net zero ambitions.

The competition is a collaboration between the Accelerated Access Collaborative, the AHSN Network, and Greener NHS, and will provide up to a £1m in funding. Specifically, innovations should address the following challenges:

  • Decarbonising surgical pathways.
  • Reducing waste in surgery and critical care.
  • Providing personalised care that supports the NHS to reach net zero.
  • Developing tools to support the workforce to move to a greener NHS.
The deadline is 5 October and the winners will be announced early next year. To apply and for more details, visit the SBRI Healthcare competition page.

A Q&A session will be held for interested competitors on 8 September 2022, 2pm. Register here.

Neuroscience Bootcamp  

6 & 7 Sept  08.45 - 13.00 Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent

A two-day Neuroscience bootcamp will be taking place at Discovery Park on 6 and 7 September 2022.

At the bootcamp you will learn how to translate your idea into a viable commercial opportunity (licensing, partnering or spin-out). They are particularly keen to hear from (but not limited to) academic projects located in the Kent and South East region.

They would also accept applications to join from early-stage start-ups in the exciting space. Register here.

NHS Digital Industry Day    

21 September  10.00 - 15:00  techUK office, London

NHS Digital, in partnership with techUK, are hosting an industry day (Wednesday 21 September, 10am – 3pm) that specifically focuses on the platforms areas of the organisation. If you are a supplier who accesses or consumes NHS Digital products and services, or your products integrate with platforms, such as PDS, API catalogue, Identity services (smart cards), please join us at the techUK office - 10 St Bride St, London EC4A 4AD. Register here.

Bridging the Gap   

22 September  09:00 - 16:30 - The Spine, Liverpool

The next in the AHSN Network’s Bridging the Gap series brings together innovators from the SME sector and the key decision-makers in the health and care system who can support them.

The event is free to attend and features keynote speakers, panel discussions and one-to-one sessions. It aims to help healthtech companies better understand how the AHSN Network and regional partners can support them in scaling up products and services that have already had an impact on the system.

The Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, is hosting the event on behalf of the AHSN Network. For more details and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

ARC KSS Autumn Symposium: Spotlight on Research    

29 September  10.00 - 12.00 - online

Are you interested in current ARC KSS projects? Do you want to learn more about the research journey?

Join the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex, virtually, for the Autumn Research Symposium.

This event will provide an opportunity to engage directly with researchers from St Barnabas Hospice, University of Surrey, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and many more.

Chaired by Professor Stephen Peckham, Director of ARC KSS, you are invited to find out more about the impact applied research is making into changing practice and improving health and care across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Book your space here.

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. Find out more and book.

Environmental Sustainability in Health Workshop    

20 October 10:00 online

Taking place on Thursday 20 October 2022 at 10am, the Environmental Sustainability in Health workshop aims to educate innovators on the growing importance of the climate crisis, and what they need to know over the coming years. It will look at how climate change is impacting the NHS, and how the NHS is impacting our climate, and breakdown the NHS’s approach to sustainability and sustainable procurement over the next decade.

Additionally, a variety of resources will be provided to support innovators on their sustainability journey. Des Holden (KSS Chief Executive) is chairing a session on Health and Social Care priorities: Inequalities and sustainability and Amelia James (KSS Oxon Sustainability Lead) is one of the panellists.
SETsquared will be hosting the webinar in partnership with Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network and Oxford Academic Health Science Network.
Book your space here. 

We hope you enjoyed Collaborate. If you have a story you’d like to share, please get in touch.

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