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Issue 77  |  5 August 2021
KSS Health and Social Care

Health Education England South East delivery plan

Health Education England has set out its plan for the next year to recruit, educate and train the current and future workforce across the South East region.

The delivery plan aligned to the NHS People Plan will ensure that across the region there are the right numbers of staff with the right skills, values and behaviours in the right place. The plan covers tailored support for each of the region’s six ICS and also supports key NHS Long Term Priorities such as growing and upskilling the cancer and diagnostics workforce.

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Meet the innovator

We've recently started working with Leo Cancer Care, and so are delighted to see them feature in the latest AHSN Network 'Meet the Innovator' feature. 

The company has developed 'the more human way to treat cancer', built on research from across the globe showing the benefits of upright patient positioning.

In this article Stephen Towe, CEO, discusses the company’s goals, inspirations, hopes for the future and why you should never wear a tie in California.

Meet Leo Cancer Care

Join the KSS AHSN team

We're looking for an HR Assistant to join our team. The role would suit a graduate with a Maths, English or Business-related degree, and who has a keen interest in pursuing a career in Human Resources.

Alternatively, they may have HR experience of 1+ years, or recently completed an HR related internship. Ideally, the role holder will be working towards, or will have an interest in studying for, a CIPD qualification.

The application deadline is August 25 - the full details and application process is available here


AHSN Network launches Health Innovation Podcast: How a heart attack saved a young mum’s life

In the first episode of the AHSN Network’s new Health Innovation Podcast, a fit and healthy 34-year-old mum discusses how she had a heart attack while pregnant due to a genetic condition.

One of the causes of heart attack and stroke is a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), which creates an abnormal level of cholesterol in the blood. Ciara Wannop didn’t know she had the condition until she had a heart attack while 26 weeks’ pregnant. She feels lucky to have had an early warning of a potentially life-limiting condition.

In this podcast, Ciara is joined by Dr Youssef Beaini, from the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), who is the clinical lead of a national programme to help reduce heart disease.

Listen to the Health Innovation Podcast now on Audioboom, Spotify and Apple podcasts.

Screening service to identify youngsters at risk of heart disease

Over the next two years, 30,000 children across England will be assessed using a heel prick blood test to identify if they have a ‘faulty gene’ which causes familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), during their child’s routine immunisation appointment.

The Child-Parent Screening Pilot Programme, funded by NHS England and Improvement and delivered by the AHSN Network, will involve a number of GP practices across seven areas in England over the next two years. 

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AHSN Network welcomes government's 'Life Sciences Vision' 

The UK Government recently published its Life Sciences Vision, which sets a 10-year strategy for the sector to solve some of the biggest healthcare challenges of our generation, including cancer, dementia and using innovation to help build out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

As the innovation arm of the NHS in England, and the link between life science industry and the NHS, the AHSN Network is pleased to see the role of innovation in health and care marked.

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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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Health Education England global health surveys

Health Education England is running two surveys asking for feedback to help it better develop its offer for NHS employees and improve the accessibility of global health training, skills and opportunities.

One survey is for NHS staff and students studying a health-related subject and the second is for organisational representatives. 

The surveys focus on ‘global health activities’, meaning the participation in, provision or support of any training, events or placements that promote understanding of global health issues and encourage reciprocal learning and understanding between the NHS and partners overseas. For current or prospective NHS staff, this can take many forms, such as placements, attendance of seminars or lectures, buddying schemes or partnership programmes.

Taking part will ensure that HEE can best support and drive forward opportunities for global learning and initiatives in the future.

To complete the individual NHS Staff / Student Survey, please click here.

To complete the NHS / Higher Educational Institution organisational survey, click here.

The challenges in implementing digital change

A new report from the National Audit Office sets out the lessons for the centre of government and departments to learn from the experience of implementing digital change. It sets out these lessons in six categories, which are essential to get right at the outset:
  • understanding aims, ambition and risk;
  • engaging commercial partners;
  • legacy systems and data;
  • capability;
  • delivery methods; and
  • funding mechanisms.
In pulling together these lessons, the NAO has reviewed previously published reports and interviewed senior digital leaders across government and the private sector. This report assesses good practice, following consultation with experts from industry, academia and think tanks to highlight the nature of the challenges and understand why government has found it hard to apply the lessons of experience.

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Business planning for healthcare innovators 

Along with a product or service which benefits health and social care, innovators need to ensure there's a sustainable business behind it. This ensures growth for the company and provides the health and care system with the certainty it needs when designing and commissioning care for patients and citizens.

But business planning often gets set aside as engaging with clinicians and commissioners, product development and securing funding takes over. 

The KSS AHSN industry team is offering this bite sized workshop to support innovators and SMEs with their thinking around their long-term strategy and business planning. The focus will be on helping participants to plan their commercial offering alongside the growth of the business, putting their vision and sustainability at the heart of their planning.

We will keep the number of places at the workshop low to allow for participant interaction and to help each company. Whilst this is open to all companies, those with less of a background in business may find it most useful. The workshop takes place on 15 September from 10am to 11.30am.

You can book a place here or if you have any questions please get in touch  

DigitalHealth.London Accelerator applications open!

Digital products and services have provided vital innovation, support and capacity to the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so as the healthcare system moves forward into the subsequent recovery phase of the COVID-19 response.

DigitalHealth.London has opened applications to their flagship Accelerator programme for the next generation of digital health companies to transform health and care. 

The programme is for digital health companies with a product or service that has high potential to meet the challenges facing the NHS and social care today, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and as detailed in the NHS Long Term Plan. It works with up to 20 SMEs over a 12-month period, giving bespoke support and advice, a programme of expert-led workshops and events and brokering meaningful connections between innovators and NHS organisations with specific challenges. 

For more information about the Accelerator visit:

Innovator recording days 

Getting your message across can be difficult whatever stage your company is at. Video can be an effective additional tool that helps you work through the story you want to tell, present it effectively and provide valuable content for digital platforms.

Our partners at Centric Health Media are running two "Innovator Recording Days", on September 15 and 16 in London, which offer the chance to record high quality content to stream across popular platforms and formats.

If you’re a health technology provider with a product or solution that can assist the NHS and wider health and social care organisations, please get in touch to find out more about the innovator recording days: 
email or call Ben Webber at Centric on 07507 952552. 

SBRI Healthcare new competitions 

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare has launched two new competitions to support the development of innovative products and services that address unmet health needs. The competition titles are 'Stroke and Technology' and 'Delivering a Net Zero NHS'. 

Successful innovations will receive up to £100,000 (inc. VAT) to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the concept. The deadline for applications is 24 August.
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Blockstart training programme for SMEs

The free Blockstart Training Programme, supported by the University of Surrey, is launching its final call for SMEs.

Blockchain technology offers great potential for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); it can cut costs and risks, and assist with a range of challenges, including information sharing, security and integrity.  

If you are a healthcare SME and are interested in the Blockstart Programme, please apply here

COVID and quality of life for those with dementia

The Living well with Dementia team at ARC KSS is pleased to share key findings and messages for two studies that explored the impact of COVID 19 on the Quality of life of people with dementia and their carers during 2020. These findings provide insights into the challenges people faced, and factors that supported their wellbeing, with messages that last beyond COVID 19.

The findings will be of interest to everyone involved in supporting people with dementia, including health and social care commissioners; services providing care to people with dementia, including care homes; the voluntary and community sector; people living with dementia and their carers; general practitioners and people working as social prescribers or in dementia support roles. A more detailed publication will follow in the next few months.

Read the findings here. If you have any questions please contact:

Research Fellow vacancy

The Research Design Service South East (RDS SE), a leading provider of PPI/E advice to health and social care researchers in the South East Coastal region which includes Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS), is looking for a new Strategic Lead and Research Adviser in Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E).

The post holder will develop the high profile RDS SE has in this field and work in line with National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) strategic plans, but also work closely with stakeholders in the region (Clinical Research Network KSS, Applied Research Collaboration KSS and above all our clients located in NHS Trusts, primary care, social care, public health and HEIs).

The application deadline is August 22 - go here for full details of the post

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.

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Building a virtual hospital 

13 August 2021 | 13:00

Join this HETT webinar with Current Health and Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust to hear about the digital transformation strategy and technology used to enable rapid expansion of Norfolk’s virtual ward programme to a system-wide, 24/7 service supporting the delivery of care to multiple patient cohorts.

'Innovating across integrated care settings: how to build a virtual hospital with remote digital tools' will also provide a look at plans to expand the reach of this service via a virtual hospital to smooth care transitions across the STP, supporting both acute and chronic health conditions.

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Spreading Healthcare Innovation in the NHS 

18 August 2021 | 11:00 - 12:00

Providers across the NHS are at the forefront of developing innovations that deliver real improvements to patient outcomes and experience, and to the efficiency of care provided.

As the healthcare system emerges from the height of the Covid-19 crisis, ensuring these innovations are effectively, efficiently, and equitably adopted across the UK will be essential.

In this webinar, Spring Impact will introduce a new practical tool designed to strengthen your ability to replicate and help you take a strategic approach to scaling your impact.

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NHS Ocean Virtual Launch 

16 September 2021 | 13:00 - 15:30

Join the NHS Ocean Launch event, jointly delivered by NHS Ocean and the University of Exeter, to learn about the impacts of the healthcare sector on both the ocean and human health. Hear first-hand accounts from individuals and communities involved in positive action to help conserve and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits and sustainable interactions with the Ocean. Engage with others in NHS Ocean to enable positive and sustainable change.

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HETT show

28 and 29 September 2021 

Healthcare Excellence Through Technology (HETT) has published its agenda for its event at the Excel, London and registration is also now open. 

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MedTech Expo and Conference

8 October 2021 

This 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.

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We hope you enjoyed Collaborate, if you’ve got anything you’d like to share please get in touch.

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