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Issue 100  |  04 August 2022
KSS Health and Social Care

Bringing together mental health teams 

On 12 July, a collaborative event was hosted by West of England AHSN, South West AHSN, Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN, Oxford AHSN and Wessex AHSN, alongside 16 mental health trusts across the South West.

The learning event was an opportunity for project teams to discuss and learn more about using quality improvement (QI) approaches to reduce restrictive practice in in-patient mental health, learning disability and autism units – a key ambition of the NHS England commissioned Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (MHSIP).

With over 90 staff joining from as far afield as Cornwall and the Isle of Wight, the event offered unique opportunities for collaboration across the mental health sector in order to foster QI approaches to patient safety, drive health equity and review progress against the ambitions of the MHSIP. Read more about the event here.

Latest Breathing Matters newsletter  

The latest newsletter from the Respiratory Collaborative team has been published and features future events, Asthma + Lung UK's COPD findings and a round up from the spring collaborative event in May. You can read the latest issue online here. 

National Maternity Early Warning Score Podcasts  

The AHSN National Patient Safety Team have produced two podcasts introducing the new Maternity Early Warning Score (MEWS) which are now available to listen to. 
The first discusses the development of the MEWS tool and is available here: Maternity Early Warning Score - Podcast 1 by NHS England.
The second focuses on the benefits of implementing the new tool and is available here: Maternity Early Warning Score - Podcast 2 by NHS England.


A year of change for KSS AHSN 

Last month we published our 2021/22 Annual Review, in which we look at the developments and innovations that we have been supporting, in what has been another year of significant change.

Adjusting to living with Covid, understanding the role of innovation in Integrated Care Systems on the delivery of healthcare, and our own personnel and organisational changes, have all had an impact on our work this year.

We have also been interviewing key members of the KSS AHSN team as they reflect on the last year. You can here from Des Holden here, and Nuala Foley here.

Join the KSS AHSN team

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

Head of Communications and Engagement
The successful candidate will play a key hands-on role that straddles our strategic and operational requirements. Responsible for reviewing our current approach and developing a refreshed communications and marketing strategy, you will lead the delivery of that strategy across KSS AHSN and the wider network, translating it for a range of audiences using a range of communication tools and ensuring maximum impact.

The role is full-time. KSS AHSN works on a hybrid basis, but is predominantly remote. The successful candidate is expected to be able to attend meetings within the South East. Closing date 14 August 2022

We are also recruiting for:
Programme Manager - Transforming Wound Care (closing date 14/8)
Programme Coordinator - Industry and Technology Navigation Team (closing date 24/8)
Programme Manager - Health and Care Technology Navigator (closing date 24/8)
To keep up to date on KSS AHSN career opportunities, visit our website.


Launch of Clinical Innovation Competition

SBRI Healthcare have launched the Delivering a Net Zero NHS: Clinical Innovation Competition. Funded by the Accelerated Access Collaborative, and in partnership with Greener NHS and the AHSN Network, the competition seeks innovative solutions that will directly impact reductions in the carbon footprint of the NHS. 
Specifically, innovations will help transform carbon intensive areas of clinical care and complex care pathways, to help the NHS meet its net zero ambitions. The four challenge areas include:

  • Decarbonising surgical pathways.
  • Reducing waste in surgery and critical care.
  • Net zero personalised care.
  • Tools to support the workforce to deliver net zero care.

An online briefing for the competition will take place on Thursday 11 August, 11:30 – 13:00. Register online here.

Find out more about the competition.

Practical innovators course

Oxford AHSN are inviting healthcare professionals in the South East to apply to join the latest cohort of the free practical course supporting NHS innovators.

Since it was established in 2016, more than 300 NHS staff have taken part in the ‘Adopting innovation and managing change in healthcare settings’ programme. The 13th cohort starts in October and the deadline for applications is 12 August.

The course helps identify and introduce new ways of improving patient care. It focuses on system change and service integration. Teaching sessions are delivered online. The time commitment is approximately one day per month for a year (two modules, each comprising six study days). Students completing the programme gain 60 masters level credits.

Find out more.

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.

AHSNs drive economic growth 

The AHSN Network 21-22 Network Impact Report explores the collective impact of England’s 15 AHSNs. The report shows that over the last year, £455 million of investment has been leveraged and more than 1,800 jobs have been either created or protected as a result of the unique service offering of the AHSN Network. 
You can find out more and read the report here.


ARC KSS Spotlight newsletter

Have you subscribed to the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey Sussex (ARC KSS) newsletter 'Spotlight' yet?

Spotlight brings together the latest news, features, event information, funding and research opportunities from across the ARC KSS, as well as its member organisations and partners in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The July issue has information on evaluating discharge to assess pathways, NIHR funding for dementia researchers, and a summit in Sussex on young people's mental health. You can subscribe here.

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.

Polypharmacy Community of Practice    

13 September 12.00 - 14.00 (Surrey Heartlands CCG)
28 September 12.00 - 14.00 (Sussex ICS)

Kent, Surrey, and Sussex AHSN are teaming up with Sussex Integrated Care System and Surrey Heartlands CCG to invite you to join the Polypharmacy Community of Practice.

The Polypharmacy Community of Practice is a safe space enabling cross-professionals with a collective passion for improving patient outcomes and co-creating a clinically driven approach by empowering them with support and confidence to address the issue of problematic polypharmacy and deliver shared decision-making.

Sessions will include input from a range of experts, patient representatives, and guest speakers and allow those present to participate, free from the barriers of professional and organisational allegiances.

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.

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.

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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