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Issue 93  |  14 April 2022
KSS Health and Social Care

SBRI funding success

We are delighted with today’s news that two companies we’ve been supporting have been awarded funding by SBRI Healthcare to help to help Reset and Recovery and new ways of working, which includes tackling Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People.

The awards will see Dr Julian and Definition Health each running a nine-month project, with the aim to implement their technology in a real-world environment, building evidence for future uptake and scale up. 

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Huntington’s Disease: Service Model Co-Production

A project involving KSS AHSN has developed a new service model that aims to improve care and support for people with Huntington’s disease.

The collaborative project involving Surrey Heartlands, KSS AHSN, Roche Products Ltd. and the Huntington’s Disease Association aimed to build on existing services to develop a fit-for-purpose service model providing equitable care.

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Meet the innovator: Sachin Gohil, AposHealth

Meet Sachin Gohil, Senior Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at AposHealth, a leader in the management and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions. The company’s ground-breaking wearable medical device utilises the science of gait modification to enable people with knee, and hip, pain live well in greater comfort – reducing or eliminating the need for surgery.

In this article, Sachin tells us why getting decision makers to listen is the biggest challenge for innovators, why a positive mindset is a vital attribute, and how working across three time zones ensures life is never dull.

Read the full interview

Restore2 training in Kent and Medway

A series of free training and support that can help care settings to improve residents’ quality of care is now available across Kent and Medway.

Led by Dr Kim Gardiner, frailty lead for Kent and Medway, and delivered by Kent Surrey Sussex Patient Safety Collaborative (KSS PSC) RESTORE2 can support homes and health professional to recognise when a resident may be deteriorating or at risk of physical deterioration, and act appropriately according to the resident’s care plan to protect and manage the resident.

Find out more about the support from KSS PSC or read this blog from two care settings in Kent on their experience of using RESTORE2

Join the KSS AHSN team

There's still time to apply to join our wonderful Patient Safety Collaborative team as a Programme Manager - but only just, applications need to be in by midnight on April 18! 

One role is within our Maternity and Neonatal workstream, while the other is for our Systems Safety workstream. Both posts will support each other and the wider team in enabling collective QI capacity and capability building across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

Find out more and apply

SBRI cancer programme open to applications

Applications are now open for the SBRI cancer programme competition 2, which launched on 5 April. The competition is delivered in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement’s cancer programme. 

This £15million competition invites applications for funding to implement solutions in late-stage development into front-line settings to improve early detection and diagnosis of cancer.

The deadline for applications is 24 May 2022.

Find out more

Virtual wards eLearning programme 

NHS England and Health Education England have launched an eLearning programme on virtual wards, to support doctors, nurses and allied professionals in the use of technology to provide safe, acute-level care to patients at home.

Find out more

Addressing inequalities

Lesley Soden, Programme Director, Innovation, Health Innovation Network, investigates how digital health services can support people with learning disabilities and autism. 

Read the blog

NICE Lipid Management Pathway 

The clinical pathway for lipid management has now been updated to include bempedoic acid to primary prevention and Inclisiran into the secondary prevention pathway. This pathway unifies multiple NICE guidance and technology appraisals into a single document to support clinical decision making on lipid management, supporting the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambitions for cardiovascular disease prevention and to improve patient outcomes.

The pathway can be found here.
Do you have an idea for a health tech product or service? In need of business support to test the validity of your business model?
The Health Innovation Programme is your opportunity to explore and develop your business plan with help from experienced mentors.
We’re running this fully-funded, hands-on programme In partnership with @SETsquared Partnership. It will help you better understand the UK health sector as a market and give you the opportunity to present your Business Model Canvas to healthcare experts.
The next programme takes place online on 20, 21, 23, 24 & 27 June 2022. Applications close at 9am on Monday 25 April.
Apply now: 

Mental Health Competition

The NIHR Trauma MIC is running a competition as part of its new Mental Health (PTSD) workstream. The competition invites applications for medical devices/ technologies addressing the prevention and/ or management of the psychological impact of traumatic physical injury.

Any medical device-based solution for any psychological impact of traumatic physical injury will be considered. Up to three projects will be awarded in-kind support to the value of £15,000. Applications are encouraged from SME’s and individuals working for either HEIs or NHS Trusts.

Find out more

SEHTA 2022 International MedTech Expo & Conference

Register are now open for South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) 2022 International MedTech Expo & Conference, which takes place on Thursday 13 Oct 2022 in London.

Early-bird delegate offer to attend with prices starting from ONLY £225+VAT for SEHTA Members available until 30th June. Hurry though as only 70 places are available at this price!

For more information and to book -

AHSN Network Funding Newsletter

Hot off the press, 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

Health Technology Regulatory and Innovation Programme Application Guide

If you are an SME working in HealthTech, you can apply for up to £30,000 of funding for use with regulatory affairs providers, to help you navigate regulatory pathways.

On behalf of Innovate UK, CPI and ABHI have developed the Health Technology Regulatory and Innovation Programme to support small and medium-sized (SME) businesses to navigate the complex and ever-changing HealthTech regulatory landscape.

The programme will support SMEs that rely on external expertise to commercialise new products, or re-register existing products in-line with new regulatory requirements.

If you’re interested in applying KSS AHSN can help connect you with a regulatory expert for the application. Email Alastair Kirby for more information.

Applications close on 31st May 2022 - find out more

Supporting industry to work with the NHS

Our latest animation 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. 

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 

NIHR ARCs milestone

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) are now two and a half years old, marking the halfway point in their £135 million, five-year funding.

To celebrate this milestone, 15 stories of research implementation and impact have been compiled, illustrating how ARC research improves the quality, delivery and efficiency of health and care services, improving outcomes for patients and the public both locally and nationally.

Click here to read more about the campaign.

Community of Experience

The Social Care theme of the Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey Sussex (ARC KSS) is pleased to be hosting a Community of Experience on May 6. The event will bring  together people across the region who are interested in supporting and improving the outcomes for Carers, and those who support them, through research. 

The session will be interactive and will be of interest to carers, carer support organisations, colleagues from health and social care, the VCSE sector, commissioners and researchers from our universities.

Find out more and book

How to Grow your Business with Academic Expertise
22 April 2022, 10.00- 12.30 - Brighton 

Looking to start a new project or service? Want to grow your business and use academic research to do this?
Are you currently working on an innovative project in your business and want to drive it forward? Is there a particular area of expertise you would like to have access to/are missing? Do you have aspirations to grow and an appetite to bring new products and/or services to market?
Join us at Plus X Brighton where you can have a 1-to-1 session with our BRITE team who will help you discover whether accessing university expertise will help to grow your business in the next year. 
Find out more and book your slot

Implementing the latest NICE approved Lipid Management Pathway

5 May 10:00 - 13:00 - online

This webinar has been organised by the South East Academic Health Science Networks (KSS, Oxford and Wessex) and is open to all Multi-Disciplinary Health Care Professionals/clinicians and programme managers working within these regions with an interest or role in lipid management.

It's the first in a series of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) education sessions that will be delivered across the South East region throughout 2022/23. It will provide an overview of the AHSN Network national lipids optimisation programme, which aims to work closely with NHS Trusts and primary & secondary care services to improve the management of cholesterol, increase the detection of those with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia and optimise the use of all medicines for patients on the cholesterol management pathway.

Find out more and register

Child health technology (CHT2022) conference

11 and 12 May - online

Featuring the latest technologies from across the world, the conference will welcome inspirational talks from leaders in the field, seminars on key themes and interviews with key opinion leaders and child heath technology experts. 

CHT2022 will also host technology demonstrations, lively interactive debates, and Q&A sessions.

Find out more and register

PPE innovation forum 

Various dates and locations to the end of June 2022 

A series of events across England for front-line health and care staff to share their views and experience to inform the development of the next generation of PPE. They aim to create a forum for dialogue, learning and innovation to support the development of new PPE and cleaning/decontamination products.

These events are led by CleanAIR in partnerships with the NHS. 

The event for the South East is in Brighton on 28 June. Find out more

A practical guide to Human Factors in Healthcare 

17 June,  10.00 - 17.00 - online

Aimed at Clinicians and Managers, this national virtual conference will provide a practical guide to human factors in healthcare, and how a human factors approach can improve patient care, quality, process and safety.

Find out more

NIHR Fellowship event 

29 June, 10.00 - 13.00 - online  

NIHR Research Design Service South East's Fellowship Event is open to anyone across Kent, Surrey and Sussex who is considering applying for one of the NIHR fellowships.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding of the various NIHR Fellowship opportunities amongst clinicians, practitioners and researchers.

Speak to your RDS SE Research Adviser or email for more details, or book your place via Eventbrite

SEHTA 2022 International MedTech Expo and Conference

13 October - London  

Register today for South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) 2022 International MedTech Expo & Conference, which takes place on Thursday 13 Oct 2022 in London.

Early-bird delegate offer to attend with prices starting from ONLY £225+VAT for SEHTA Members available until 30th June. Hurry thou as only 70 places are available at this price!

For more information and to book -

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

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