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Issue 82  |  28 October 2021
KSS Health and Social Care

ADHD awareness month and national programme

KSS AHSN and the AHSN Network are supporting work to transform Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) services across England with the rollout of technology - QbTest - that can provide an objective assessment and help families to receive a diagnosis more quickly. 

New figures show that, since 2017, 52,000 children across England have had an objective assessment for ADHD using QbTest technology. The QbTest has a strong evidence base that shows direct benefits for the patient, their family as well as the wider healthcare system. 

You can find out more about the national ADHD programme here.

October is ADHD awareness month
To mark this year's ADHD awareness month, we spoke with children and parents in Medway to find out more about their experience of living with ADHD and would like to share this short video with you - and thank everyone who was part of making it!
Watch the video

Rapid insights and learning tool for QI

Earlier in the year Ursula Clarke, our Patient Safety Lead, blogged about the “Rapid Insights and Learning” approach, how it can help health and care system colleagues to reflect on their work and why it’s such a valuable tool for quality improvement. 

It's a non-hierarchical process which enables health and care professionals to contribute quickly. Their ideas and insights can then be themed and analysed and presented back to them in a way that can be used going forward.

In a new video - made in partnership with Centric Health Media - Ursula and Rachael Garrett, Quality Intelligence Manager for NHS Kent and Medway CCG, talk about successfully using the Rapid Insights approach in MatNeo, particularly around escalation of deterioration, and the quality of insights and actionable outcomes gained.

Watch the video 

Read Ursula's blog 

Q community event with Hexitime

Last week KSS AHSN hosted a Q Community virtual event in partnership with Hexitime, the skill exchange and timebank for improving healthcare services.

Q members convened from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to share their expertise, problems, ideas and support needs to deliver quality improvement work in the region.

We are encouraging Q members across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to join Hexitime and share their quality improvement needs, skills, challenges and ideas. We believe the platform is an ideal way to scale and connect Q members in a growing marketplace, and participants are reimbursed for their time through the timebank.

Please contact Ursula Clarke, Patient Safety Lead, KSS PSC or John Lodge, Co-founder, Hexitime, if you'd like more information. 

Join Hexitime now

Successful self-monitoring pathway roll-out: report

The AHSN Network has published a report that summarises the work carried out by our Patient Safety Collaboratives in 2020 and early 2021 to support the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 patient safety response looks at the roll-out of two patient self-monitoring pathways, COVID Oximetry @home and COVID virtual wards, both designed to allow vulnerable people’s care to be managed safely at home.

Read the report

Benefits of remote blood pressure monitoring 

UCLPartners has produced a video for patients showing the benefits of remote blood pressure monitoring.

The video has been translated into six additional languages. These include Urdu, Panjabi, Gujarati, Polish, Somali and Bengali.

Click below to find the full playlist and links to each video:
Benefits of remote blood pressure monitoring - YouTube

New approaches to reducing the impact of anaesthetic gases

On 28 September, the AHSN Network Environmental Sustainability Community of Interest hosted the second in a series of sharing and learning events, aiming to share best practice innovations and initiatives to support the delivery of a Net Zero NHS.

Anaesthetists, sustainability leads, midwives, pharmacy and medicines specialists and others interested in sustainability met to discuss innovation and research that aims to limit emissions from anaesthetic gases.

If you work in the NHS and would like to access a recording of this event, please contact The AHSN Network 

To hear about future events, sign up for The AHSN Network newsletter.

A new video from NHS England and NHS Improvement, "Putting anaesthetic-generated gases to bed" shows both the environmental impact of anaesthetic gases and some the steps being taken to address the issue.

Tackling Cholesterol Together

Tackling Cholesterol Together is a comprehensive and varied education programme for healthcare professionals delivered in partnership between The AHSN Network, HEART UK and the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC).

It supports all healthcare professionals, especially across Primary Care, to take control of cholesterol management, boost uptake of high-intensity statins, ezetimibe and PCSK9i's, and systematically change lipid management in line with updated NICE endorsed pathways, including novel new NICE recommended therapies. Secondary Care specialist lipid/FH nurses and consultants will equally benefit from the materials, particularly content regarding Familial Hypercholesterolaemia and novel therapies on the horizon.

There are a range of resources available on the Tackling Cholesterol Together website, including:
•    Past webinars 
•    Upcoming webinars and clinics
•    e-learning modules. 

View the resources

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.

Listen to the Health Innovation Podcast on Audioboom or any major podcast channel. 

NHS Transformation Bulletin

The NHS Transformation bulletin is a roundup of the latest news and developments to bring together improvement best practice and digital technology to transform healthcare. It's for anyone who wants to learn more about working together to improve, digitalise and transform NHS and care services.

The latest issue includes the latest information about the Unified Tech Fund launched by NHSX in August. On 18 October, three more funds opened for applications: the Digitising Social Care Fund, the Digital Maternity Fund, and an additional Cyber revenue stream. Find out more

It also features information about applying for the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP); a workforce development programme aimed at NHS staff and healthcare professionals. It offers mentoring, learning and support to develop innovative solutions to challenges facing the NHS. Find out more and apply via the CEP website by Tuesday 2 November.

Sign up to the NHS Transformation Bulletin

NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative

The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) produces a regular series of briefings on the product workstreams for 2021-22. Published every other month, they provide news about the work of the AAC and opportunities to engage with the programme. 

The latest brief includes updates on Lipid Management, Asthma Biologics and FeNO. 

Read the briefing 

Digital Health Partnership Award round 2

The Digital Health Partnership Award was created to help NHS organisations in England bid for funding to accelerate the adoption of digital health technologies to support patients with long term conditions. The award focuses on how digital products and services can support people to remotely monitor their health at home or in the community.

NHS organisations are able to bid for funding to accelerate new and ready to scale digital health technologies.

The second round for 2021/22 opens for applications on Monday 1 November 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

Bridging the gap between industry and the NHS

We're excited to share with you our new animation which 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. 

Meet the innovator: John Lodge, Hexitime

Meet John Lodge, Co-founder of Hexitime, a timebank that enables staff to exchange skills and ideas for health and care improvement. John talks about fostering collaboration, how Hexitime has gone international, and his ambition for Hexitime to become a verb – are you ready to Hexitime?  

Meet John Lodge 

eXroid wins KEiBA technology business of the year

Congratulations to eXroid on winning the Technology Business of the Year category in the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) 2021. eXroid offers non surgical treatment for piles using electrotherapy and is based at Discovery Park in Kent.

The judges said: "eXroid has launched ground breaking technology to counter mankind's battle against piles. The business it has wrapped around it shows real foresight with international expansion plans, IP protection and promotional materials all cueing up what feels like an incredibly exciting journey."

Michael Wilshaw, Managing Director, eXroid, said:
“Getting the KEiBA award for technology innovation is another milestone to add to the two NICE approvals and CQC registration that eXroid has achieved in the last 2 years. We are now finalising our registration on NHS supply chain and are actively looking to help NHS Trusts clear their waiting lists, as well as local health economies to redesign their patient pathways to be closer to home. The eXroid treatment is unique in enabling this as it is probably the most versatile Haemorrhoid treatment available for all patients with the condition.”

Our industry engagement team have been supporting eXroid, including sharing information about the innovation, and opening wider conversations about the importance of non surgical options for patients.

Find out more about eXroid 

Health Innovation Programme - apply now!

Are you an entrepreneur in the field of healthcare or life sciences?

Are you developing a product or service which could transform patient care, save money or help us lead healthier lives? 

Our colleagues at South West and West of England AHSNs along with the SETsquared partnership are hosting the next Health Innovation Programme (HIP).

The Health Innovation Programme is designed to help innovators navigate the NHS marketplace, and enable them to identify the optimum customer base for their business. It aims to give companies confidence to use Business Model Canvas as a planning tool to test the validity of their business model and understand and explain the value of their proposition to the NHS and health sector.

The programme is supported by the four southern AHSNs (South West, West of England, Wessex and KSS) and is planned to run quarterly, with the AHSNs taking turns to host it. 

The deadline for applications for the next HIP is the 5th of November. 

Find out more

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

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 host an online event “Innovate UK Funding Opportunities and How to Succeed”. It 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 

Innovation + diversity = better patient outcomes

2 November 2021, 10:15 - 11:45 - online

As part of Black History Month, Richard Stubbs, Vice Chair of the AHSN Network and Chief Executive of Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, is hosting a webinar about diversity for the NHS Confederation BME Leadership Network on 2 November.

The topic for the webinar is ‘Innovation and diversity = better outcomes for patients’. The session will explore how greater diversity within our innovator communities enhances the quality and outcomes of our health innovation ambitions.

Find out more and register 

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.

This conference about achieving digital excellence will provide NHS Tech leaders with a platform to meet and engage with peers and providers in person. 

Find out more 

Health and wellbeing virtual seminar 

4 November 2021 - 12:30 - 16:00

A South East regional event for Health and Wellbeing is taking place via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 4th November from 12:30pm to 4pm.

It's open to everyone working in health and care in the South East Region with a role relating to retaining and improving the experience and well-being of our people.

For more information on the event or to register please click here

Bridging the Gap: 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

ARC KSS Winter Research Symposium

30 November 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 - online

The Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) KSS is hosting its Winter Research Symposium: spotlight on research on 30 November.

The symposium will provide the latest insights from current research projects, implementation and evaluation across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. It will be chaired by Professor Stephen Peckham, Director of ARC KSS.

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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