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Issue 98  |  08 July 2022
KSS Health and Social Care
Our 'Next level' event on 8 June brought together representatives from across the health and care system in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, together with industry partners, with guest Matt Whitty, CEO of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, and colleagues from NHS England.

Watch the film to hear highlights from day and find the session summaries and resources here.

Sussex partners join forces to improve young people's mental health 

Around 90 people from in and around Sussex came together at an event held on 16 June to pledge their support and help develop ambitions around community-based emotional wellbeing and mental health youth interventions for 16-25 year olds.
Representatives for the education, voluntary, community sector, children’s social care, local authorities, Integrated Care System, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as well as young people themselves, attended at the Sussex Youth Mental Health ‘call to action’ Summit, in Brighton, to find ways to change and help reform mental health and wellbeing services for young people.
The event, co-ordinated by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN), NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) and was co-facilitated by young people from Varndean School in Brighton.
In support of the event, Member of Parliament for Chichester and Minister of State for Care and Mental Health, Gillian Keegan MP, gave the opening address by video message to all attendees thanking them for dedication to improving mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people across Sussex.

Read the full story here

Parliamentary reception for Harry's HAT

Harry’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust held their first parliamentary reception at the House of Commons on 15 June, which was attended by over 130 people.

It is estimated that 1 in 770 babies will develop hydrocephalus each year. It remains a life-threatening condition which, if left untreated, can cause brain damage or even death.

The reception was to raise awareness of the charity and stress the importance of head circumference measurement in infants. Early detection can help improve the outcome, as the child is able to access specialist medical care more quickly. 

KSS AHSN has been supporting the charity, researching NHS pathway issues across the patch and helping with key messages.

Information about the ‘Get-a-head’ campaign can be found here. 

FeNo Collaborative Shared Learning 

KSS AHSN recently presented at the June FeNO Learning Collaborative with Zoey Eades, a practice nurse from Medway South Primary Care Network, who leads on FeNO.

Programme manager Hinal Patel and Zoey spoke about the challenges faced and the story so far, including some case studies. They also talked about their plans to extend the service within the PCN.

Listen to the recording here

Join the KSS AHSN team

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

Medical Director
The Medical Director contributes to the leadership, strategic direction, performance management and governance of the AHSN. They are responsible for clinical leadership and oversight across our portfolio of work and focused on the adoption and spread of innovation, to improve health equity.

The role is full-time with part-time / job-share applications welcomed and encouraged. KSS AHSN works on a hybrid basis. 

Find out more about this role

Research and Innovation Fellow
This full-time role will provide greater support from the research and innovation community to our three Integrated Care System (ICS) partners, as they aim to fulfil their role of improving the health and wellbeing of the local population and future generations. They will also help the research and innovation community to align future work to ICS priorities, helping to broker relevant new research and innovation activities.

Find out more about this role
To keep up to date on KSS AHSN career opportunities, visit our website.


NHS Innovation Accelerator themes announced

This year, the NHS Innovtation Accelerator (NIA) is seeking innovations that address elective recovery and NHS operational challenges post pandemic, with particular interest in:

  • Maternity
  • Mental health / severe mental illness
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory disease
  • Hypertension / cardiovascular disease
  • Urgent and emergency care

Recruitment opens on 1 September 2022 and is open to applicants from any background, including SMEs, clinical entrepreneurs and academia, with innovations of any type that solve a problem for the NHS.
To be successful, innovations should be:

  • In use in at lease one site, in the NHS or elsewhere.
  • Supported by an evidence base and able to demonstrate better patient and/or staff outcomes.
  • Ready to spread across the NHS.
  • Led by an applicant who is open to learning and sharing insights.
  • Aligned with one of this year’s call themes.

Further information and how to apply

Training for digital transformation

SimEPR offers a digital solution that allows practical clinical training to more accurately reflect the digital transformations in healthcare that are being driven by the NHS Long Term Plan.
Its ability to combine digital skills with practical clinical training not only offers enhanced learning outcomes, but also helps equip our future NHS workforce with the skills to safely and confidently use electronic patient records. In turn, this will optimise patient outcomes by reducing the incidence of electronic system-related clinical errors.
Find out more about SimEPR by downloading this case study.

AHSN Network Funding newsletter

We bring you the very 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


Research funding opportunities in Children's and Young People Mental Health  

NIHR ARC KSS has released details of three grants available for researchers, under their Individual Development Awards. 

  • Embedded Researchers in Practice: To conduct an applied project benefitting practice around children and young people’s mental health. Closes 31 August, 5pm.

  • Investment in Future Leaders Awards: To support research leadership skills through conducting a small-scale applied health or social care project. Up to £15,000 (with an expectation of £5,000 co-funding from involved organisations) up to 12 months. There is additional funding for six children’s and young people’s mental health projects, and eight other projects aligned to ARC KSS themes. Closes 30 September, 5pm.

  • Springboard Awards: £5,000 over six months, to fund dedicated time for research development activities for individuals in a health or social care organisation. Closes 16 September, 5pm.

There will be an Individual Development Awards Q&A webinar on Monday 18 July from 10.30-11.30am, with a recording uploaded to the ARC KSS website after the event. Sign up here.

See the ARC KSS website for full details, including links to application forms, and guidance

'Understanding the data' in polypharmacy webinar   

12 July  12:00 - 13.30 - online

This webinar will take place on 12 July as part of the new AHSN Network Polypharmacy: Getting the Balance Right Programme.

The programme aims to support local systems and primary care to identify patients at potential risk of harm and support better conversations about medicines by promoting shared decision making. One of the core principles of this is population health management.

To consider how best to understand and utilise available data, the AHSN Network and NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) webinar will demonstrate how the 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.

The webinar is aimed at polypharmacy and clinical leads, ICS medicines optimisation leads, and Primary Care Network teams, including GPs and pharmacists.

Find out more and reserve your space

Developing your value proposition for health and social care   

10 August  10.00 - 11.30 - online

Join Dr Alastair Kirby from the KSS AHSN Industry Team for a bite-sized workshop to help innovators and SMEs develop and deconstruct their value proposition for health and social care. By the end of this interactive workshop, each innovator will have the understanding to create their own value proposition, by focusing on these essential aspects:

  • Fundamentals of value proposition, identifying and understanding your customers.
  • What does an evidence-based value proposition really mean?
  • Using a value proposition show your impact.

Book your space here

Health Innovation Programme  

19, 20, 22, 23, 26 Sept  08.45 - 13.00 - online

There is still time to apply for the Health Innovation Programme, a fully funded, five half-day online workshop which helps demystify the NHS and UK Health Sector as a marketplace.

Run by the South West and West of England AHSNs, alongside SETsquared, it is taking place on 19, 20, 22,23 and 26 September.

Apply here by 9am Monday 11 July

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

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

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