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Issue 79  |  16 September 2021
KSS Health and Social Care

Young people's recommendations for digital mental health services

Young people from across Sussex have made recommendations aimed at improving digital mental health services in a new report.

The report, the “Pan-Sussex Children and Young People’s Mental Health Digital Review”, is based on the experiences and perceptions of young people who shared their views in a survey and took part in a number of events over the summer. The survey aimed to identify gaps in digital provision of Children and Young People's mental health and emotional wellbeing services (age up to 25) in Sussex and to find out from young people how services could be improved.

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There's more about some of the challenges of delivering services digitally in our latest issue of Innovate - read more here  

World Patient Safety Day

This year’s World Patient Safety Day on Friday 17 September focuses on safe and respectful childbirth. The World Health Organisation is highlighting how the majority of poor outcomes are avoidable through the provision of safe and quality care by skilled health professionals working in supportive environments.

To mark the day Helen McElroy, Consultant Neonatologist, Oliver Fisher Neonatal Unit, Medway Hospital and Neonatal Lead for Kent Surrey Sussex Patient Safety Collaborative, has written this article, which highlights some of the MatNeo initiatives taking place across our region.

And Natasha Swinscoe, patient safety national lead for the AHSN Network, has written a blog looking at some of the improvements already being made, and how inequalities in maternal and neonatal care are being tackled.

Read Natasha's blog 

Patient Safety Congress 2021

Along with all the AHSNs, we'll be featuring the work of our Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC), delivering the national safety improvement programmes, at this year’s Patient Safety Congress.

The event – which is being held in person at Manchester Central and online, on 20/21 September – brings together teams from across the country with leaders, patients and innovators in patient safety.

Six AHSNs have also been nominated for HSJ Patient Safety Awards, which will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of Monday 20 September.

If you are attending Congress, you will find more details about our sessions and our stand here

Kent and Medway Ruby ward consultation

An NHS consultation on a proposal to relocate the last remaining dormitory style mental health ward in Kent and Medway is entering its final weeks.

The consultation sets out a plan to relocate Ruby Ward from Medway Maritime Hospital to a new purpose-built unit on Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust’s (KMPT) Maidstone site. The new unit would offer 16 single ensuite rooms, along with lots of space inside and out for patients and visitors, as well as dedicated areas for therapy to help people recover as quickly as possible.

Read more and take part 

SEHTA 2021 International MedTech Expo & Conference

As a Gold Sponsor of the event, we have received an allocation of 20 free tickets for NHS colleagues to attend SEHTA’s 2021 International MedTech Expo & Conference on Friday 8 October at Hilton’s London Tower Bridge Hotel.

If you would like to know more please visit, and to take up this offer please email and she will be able to register you for free

SEHTA hope that by holding their event in October, the UK will be in a much better position to allow them to run this as an attended event and their digital health platform is now open for all attendees to start making those valuable connections again via their 1:1 partnering portal. 

Finding a genomic cause: the clinician’s role

As greater numbers of clinicians refer patients for genomic testing through the NHS Genomic Medicine Service (GMS), the Genomics Education Programme recognises the need for educational resources to support with this transition. The actions taken, and information provided, by referring clinicians is crucial to laboratory scientists as it is used to apply various filtering stages when looking for a diagnosis.  
The Genomics Education Programme has developed a new resource: Finding a genomic cause: the clinician’s role, to show how laboratory scientists whittle down the genomic variants identified by genomic sequencing to find a diagnosis for patients and show how the actions of the referring clinician impact this process. This new resource breaks down the variant filtering process and has a useful list of FAQs, as well as signposting to other related resources. 
You can find this new resource on the GMS Hub along with a range of in-depth summaries and at-a-glance guides, as well as useful resources for educators.

Measuring business contribution to health 

Business for Health (B4H) and the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) are engaging the business community to design a Business Index to measure business contribution to health and promote the role of business in creating a healthier nation - recognising that health is the foundation for wellbeing and economic growth.
Building on CBI’s report, Seize the Moment: How Can Business Transform the UK Economy, B4H and the CBI are working together to provide practical ‘how to’ information to help businesses improve their contribution to population health and get ‘Health’ into ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) frameworks to guide innovation and investment in sustainable health.
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Data for healthier lives and reducing inequalities 

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity (APPGL) is inviting contributions to the Open Life Data Framework which aims to make it easier to collect and connect data to help people stay healthier for longer and to reduce health inequalities.

The Open Life Data Framework is a recommendation from the APPGL’s document, The Health of the Nation Strategy, which set out key recommendations to meet the government goal of five more years of healthy life expectancy by 2035, while reducing health inequalities.

The Open Life Data Framework will help researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurs determine what types of data can be shared and connected to help individuals keep healthy while enhancing overall health resilience at a population health level. It will explore how the exposome of complex exposures from multiple determinants of health (such as diet, housing, air quality, physical activity, and social interactions) can advance healthy longevity research and practice.

Take part in the consultation - closing date 17 September.

You can read more from Tina Woods, co-author of the Health of the Nation Strategy, in our latest Innovate magazine.

Build Back Better 

The government has published a new paper, Build Back Better, which sets out its new plan for health and social care. It provides an overview of how it will tackle the elective care backlog in the NHS and put the NHS on a sustainable footing.

It describes the plan for adult social care in England, including a cap on social care costs and how financial assistance will work for those without substantial assets. It covers wider support that the government will provide for the social care system, and how the government will improve the integration of health and social care.
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AAC plans third wave of rapid uptake products

The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) is planning the next launch of RUPs in April 2022, which will support up to four products or ‘workstreams’. 

The AAC’s latest briefing on FutureNHS summarises its work to help system leaders identify how it can work with their teams and share examples of best practice in its workstreams.

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. 

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Meet the Innovator

Meet Simon Rasalingham, CEO of, one of the most innovative start-ups transforming healthcare using AI in the world. The company was recently picked as a winner in the NHSX and Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) AI in Health and Care Award bid. In this article Simon tells us about how AI can support clinicians, the importance of asking the right research questions, and what can be learned from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Meet Behold.Ai

Call for new NIA Fellows opens

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) - an NHS England and NHS Improvement initiative supported by England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), hosted at UCLPartners - has launched the call for its 2022 cohort of Fellows.

The national accelerator is open to local, national and international health and social care innovations supported by passionate individuals from any background, including SMEs, clinicians, charity/third sector and academics.

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Applications invited for latest SBRI competitions 

SBRI Healthcare, in partnership with the AHSN Network, have launched two new competitions focused on ‘Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People’ and ‘NHS Reset and Recovery’. 

1. Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People
Demand for specialist Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services has continued to increase in recent years, leading to long waiting times and insufficient support, challenges particularly exacerbated in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, low-income families, and other marginalised groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bids are invited for funding to develop innovative solutions to tackle three specific challenges:
  • Mental health service and support improvements
  • Mental health service access
  • Support for disadvantaged, marginalised, or Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Further details are available on the SBRI website.

2. NHS Reset and Recovery from the pandemic and consider new ways of working
Recognising the need to support NHS services to reset and recover from the pandemic, the programme seeks to address this immediate challenge. 

Bids are invited for bid for funding to further develop innovative solutions in the following areas:
  • Reducing the NHS workforce pressure
  • Increasing NHS effectiveness.
Further details are available on the SBRI website.

Individual Development Awards

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) has launched its second round of Individual Development Awards (IDAs), to help support individuals to build their research careers across the region.

All Awards need to closely align with one or more of the ARC KSS research themes and will be allocated to applicants that can demonstrate a clear path in their career development, as well as evidence of how this award will help them towards their research goals.

In return, ARC KSS will provide a bespoke programme of support to successful applicants, including academic and/ or a health or social care professional mentor.

Find out more  

Get export ready: international support for health innovators

24 September 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30

Are you a healthcare SME, innovator or entrepreneur interested in exploring export opportunities in the Middle East? Do you want to understand how Arab Health 2022 can help you?

If you’re taking your first steps towards international trade, or have a potential opportunity in the Middle East but aren’t quite sure how to pursue it, then this webinar is for you.

The AHSN Network is here to support you on your international journey. We’ll bring together our key partners who are experts in the Middle East to help you understand how to proceed and how attending Arab Health can kick start your export plans.

Find out more and book a place

AHSN Network Environmental Sustainability Community of Interest

28 September 2021 | 10:30 - 12:00

The AHSN Network Environmental Sustainability Community of Interest's second sharing and learning online event to support the NHS Net Zero agenda will focus on the carbon impact of anaesthetic gases. 

Find out more and book a place

CRN KSS Dementia Research Event 

28 September 2021 | 10:00 - 15:30

This event will be focused on topics of interest in dementia research and offers an opportunity to network with fellow professionals and colleagues interested in dementia research.

Topics will include: Sleep and Dementia, Prof Derk-Jan Dijk; Technology and Dementia, Prof Ramin Nilforooshan; Neuroimaging Markers for Diagnosis of AD, Dr Orson Wedgwood; Self-harm and suicide in older people, Dr Josie Jenkins; My role as a Research Nurse in Dementia Research, Natalie Portwine; and The Process of Applying for Grants - My Experiences and Obstacles, Dr Nicolas Farina

Find out more and book a place

Meet health innovation experts at HETT 2021

28 and 29 September 2021 

Join us and all the AHSNs at the HETT 2021 healthcare technology and digital health event taking place on 28 and 29 September at ExCeL London.

HETT connects digital leaders with world-leading health technology innovators, provides real-life case studies and learnings from expert speakers, and makes it easy to network with the people that matter. This is all designed to help drive digital transformation across the healthcare sector.

Four forums will cover the following key themes:
•    Digitally Empowered Patients
•    Culture and Implementation
•    Integration and Interoperability
•    Digital Maturity.

Come and hear experts from across the AHSN Network speaking on a vast array of subjects, and catch up with them and other colleagues on our exhibition stand.

Register now to attend 

MedTech Expo and Conference

8 October 2021 

This medtech expo and conference organised by South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) aims to help delegates:
•    Make sense of the complexities of health and social care delivery, and the challenges of accessing the NHS
•    Find funding opportunities 
•    Access overseas markets, in particular the USA and Europe
•    Identify current clinical challenges in the NHS.

KSS AHSN is sponsoring the session 'Accelerating innovation in the NHS: adoption and spread' which features our Medical Director, Dr Des Holden, and Prof Anoop Chauhan, Director of Research & Innovation, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.

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'Tech for Change' Spread Academy

13-15 October 2021

COVID-19 has forced the rapid adoption of technology and in many cases, driven efficiencies, opened up new ways of organising and connecting communities and improved patient experiences.

It’s time to capture those brilliant innovations and help you spread and scale your idea so that more people can benefit.

SW AHSN's ‘Tech for Change’ Spread Academy is specifically designed to support teams who’ve developed technical innovations to solve problems in community, health and care settings.

The three-day immersive training will equip you and your team with the skills and strategies needed to spread your new ideas and innovations.

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Utilising data: priorities for data-sharing, delivering efficiencies and driving research and innovation

20 October 2021

Our Medical Director, Des Holden, is a keynote speaker at this online conference "Utilising data within health and social care - priorities for data-sharing, delivering efficiencies and driving research and innovation".

This conference will examine the applications of data in health and social care and discuss the measures that can be taken to scale up use, develop best practice guidelines, and support adoption across all levels of the health system. The event aims to improve understanding around data, address barriers to its use in health and social care, and develop a new approach to data-sharing following the use of data through the pandemic.

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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