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Issue 92  |  31 March 2022
KSS Health and Social Care

Join the KSS AHSN team

We've just launched our latest campaign to recruit Programme Managers for our Industry and Technology Navigator, and Workforce and Wound Care, Programmes. 

You can see the full details of all vacancies here while this Q&A with Jill Owens, one of our Programme Managers, gives more insight into the Industry and Technology Navigator role

Meet the innovator: Rachael Grimaldi of CardMedic 

Meet Dr Rachael Grimaldi, Co-Founder of CardMedic, a company which improves patient experience and safety by overcoming communication barriers between patients and clinicians. 

We've been working with CardMedic since the start of their amazing journey. In this interview, Rachael tells us how award winning CardMedic is helping to reduce health inequalities, the moment COVID highlighted a hidden, global healthcare challenge and how to go from concept to launch in 72 hours…

Read the interview with Rachael

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

HSJ award for ADHD innovation

An innovative approach to ADHD diagnosis has won the HSJ Partnership Award for Best Mental Health Partnership.

QbTest is a digital test for ADHD which has benefited almost 57,000 young people (aged 6-18 years) since Academic Health Science Networks  began to support its wider use in the NHS.

Since April 2021 we have supported 13 sites at 6 NHS Trusts in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to implement QbTest, leading to assessments for over 1,100 young people. The national picture shows QbTest now being used in 59 trusts across 113 sites in England – just over half of the NHS providers of ADHD assessments for this age group.

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

A matter of life and death: explaining the wider determinants of health in the UK

A new report from the Health Foundation and FrameWorks outlines an evidence-based framing strategy for shifting understanding and building greater support for action to address the wider determinants of health. It is intended for anyone working and communicating in the field of public health.

The strategy centres on making the issue more tangible. It argues that we need to start by explaining why the wider determinants of health matter: "Right now, in the poorest parts of the UK, people are dying years earlier than people in wealthier areas. Quite simply – this is a matter of life and death. We need to say so."

It highlights the need to show how and why health is shaped by wider determinants, and why experiences are unequal across the country. It calls for focused communications to explain how these issues can, and should, be solved.

Read the report

HeartFlow – reducing time, costs and uncertainty

The latest health innovation podcast from the AHSN Network features Heartflow.

Heartflow is a system which can analyse a CT scan of a heart within four hours, helping patients to avoid unnecessary procedures and clinicians to quickly identify the right treatment. It helps clinicians to determine, vessel by vessel, both the extent of an artery’s narrowing and the impact that the narrowing has on blood flow to the heart.

HeartFlow is supported by the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative’s MedTech Funding Mandate and AHSNs are helping to increase its use across the country.


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: 

KSS AHSN's Innovator Support Day

We had a fantastic time on Tuesday at our first Innovator Support Day, and it was a great opportunity to meet so many wonderful innovators in the flesh for the first time in ages. 

The aim of the day was to bring together a small number of companies that we’ve been supporting in KSS AHSN, along with some of our wider team and Centric Health Media, to share experiences and knowledge. 
Through a series of short talks attendees were able to consider how their business could develop in relation to the key issues of health inequalities and sustainability. They also learned more about the work of the Surrey Heartlands Health Tech Accelerator - our wonderful host for the day – in supporting innovations. 
We also ran sessions on storytelling and value proposition, with a representative from Behold.aiDefinition HealthCardMedicInfinity HealthKids Speech LabsSkin Analytics, Tympa Health and Cenigma then taking those learnings to record a short marketing video with Centric Health Media. 

AHSN Network Funding Newsletter

The 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 

ARC KSS sets out social care research priorities

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) has published findings from research  undertaken to identify priorities in Adult Social Care research across the region. 

The research team engaged with local stakeholders and members of the public through a series of online focus groups, asking them about their priorities for adult social care research and find out about innovative practice already underway, as well as the challenges experienced by those receiving and those involved in the provision of care. 

Find out more and read the report

Your guide to PCIE

A practical guide that provides health and social care researchers with the essential information and tools they need to engage with and involve members of the public in their work, has just been launched by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS).

The new Public and Community Involvement and Engagement (PCIE): A How-to Guide has not only been specifically produced to help researchers understand the value of engaging with and involving members of the public in their work and how best they can do this, but it has been written and co-designed with researchers and members of the public, to make sure that it is accessible and easy to use.

Find out more

#ARCimpacts ARC National Twitter campaign

On 1 April NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) will be two and a half years old, marking the halfway point in their £135 million five-year funding. In the run-up to this milestone, they are sharing stories of research impact from across the ARCs on Twitter every day. These illustrate how applied research improves the quality, delivery and efficiency of health and care services, improving outcomes for patients and the public locally and nationally. 

The #ARCimpacts Twitter campaign showcases national-level impact from two and a half years of collaborative applied health and care research. You will find stories about research transforming primary care; developing resources to support older members of the Nepalese and Hindi communities; using data science to build capacity in health, care and policing and the nationally important work of the Bradford Covid-19 Scientific Advisory Group (CSAG). 

Follow @ARC_KSS on Twitter 

Polypharmacy: Getting the balance right
6 April 2022, 12.00 - 13.30 - online 

To consider how best to understand and utilise available medicines data, the AHSN Network and NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) are hosting the second of two webinars on 6 April for nominated AHSN polypharmacy and clinical leads; ICS medicines optimisation leads and Primary Care Network (PCN) teams, including GPs and pharmacists.

As part of the new national polypharmacy programme, the webinar will demonstrate how polypharmacy prescribing comparators help us understand variation in prescribing of multiple medicines and identify patients more likely to be exposed to the risk of taking multiple, or combinations of, medicines.

Find out more and reserve your space

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

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

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

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