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Book now: Bridging the Gap 4 (South Coast), 2 Oct 
Waiting list onlyWessex Safety, Quality and Improvement Conference 2019, 8 Oct

Save the dates - Maternal & Neonatal Learning System:
25 September, 27 November, 10 March 2020

Job opportunity:

Digital Engagement Officer, NHS Band 6, closes 18 July

Hampshire Hospitals launch new way of working with community pharmacists
AHSN and West Hants CCG scoop prestigious ‘Excellence in Primary Care’ Parliamentary Award

MPs in England have honoured NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Wessex Academic Health Science Network for excellence in this year’s NHS Parliamentary Awards.

NHS West Hampshire’s Quality Team and Wessex Academic Health Science Network introduced an early warning system in local care homes to help staff decide if a resident is just ‘under the weather’ or at risk of a serious illness, like sepsis. Read the full story here.

You can learn more about the award-winning work by watching the below video. 
RESTORE2 is a physical deterioration and escalation tool for care/nursing homes co-produced by West Hampshire CCG and Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC). It is based on nationally-recognised methodologies, including early recognition (Soft Signs, the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) and structured communications (SBARD).
An introductory video can now be viewed here, or by clicking the above image, together with more information about the RESTORE2 tool and our care home workstream. 
Nine million pounds awarded to health research across Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight and South Wiltshire

The National Institute for Health Research, sometimes called the research arm of the NHS, has awarded nine million pounds to create a new organisation called ARC Wessex.

ARCs – Applied Research Collaborations – are teams of researchers working together to solve some of the big health issues in their communities. There are 15 In England and the Wessex region covers Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and South Wiltshire.

The team in Wessex is spread across four universities, NHS Trusts and local authorities, with doctors, nurses, health professionals and care staff working with academics to find practical solutions for patients and health and care systems.

For more details and the full story, click here.
On Wednesday, 2 October, the AHSN Network will host the fourth of our “Bridging the gap” series of events at the Southampton Science Park, Southampton.
Bridging the gap 4 is aimed at health technology innovators and companies who are interested in accessing the NHS marketplace to improve health and care for patients and citizens, and who have a product or service that is ready for scaling up.
Free to attend, the event will include a range of talks, workshops, 1-to-1 advice sessions and unique networking opportunities. It brings together a wide range of services available to industry from the AHSN Network and our partners under one roof.
Delegates will be able to get advice about how to make their engagement with the NHS sharper and more cost effective. That means understanding how decisions are made in the NHS, who makes the decisions and how to get their attention.
Join us to get a better understanding of:
  • the innovation landscape, the factors that will affect uptake of your product and how AHSNs can support you
  • the requirements for evidence, and how to go about generating evidence
  • the ways AHSNs can help you access national resources and the national programmes you can apply for.
Our previous Bridging the gap events have sold out well in advance, so early booking is recommended. You can register here.
Resources now live: Primary Care Innovations Expo

Last week, the Primary Care Innovations programme hosted a very special expo-style event.

The highly interactive event was a mix of inspiring speakers and an exhibition of ready-to-go innovations for health and social care.

The day's slides are available here.
New NHS Patient Safety Strategy

Patient safety is about maximising the things that go right and minimising the things that go wrong. It is integral to the NHS’ definition of quality in healthcare, alongside effectiveness and patient experience. 

This strategy, from NHS Improvement, sets out what the NHS will do to achieve its vision to continuously improve patient safety.

Read the strategy and more information here.
AHSN Network magazine, impact report and new animation now available

At the national Confed event last week, the AHSN Network - the collective of 15 AHSNs - launched a new magazine, impact report and animation.

The Innovators magazine features the people behind the innovations, and explores the great work going on across England, including medicines optimisation work at West Hampshire CCG.  

The Network also launched the impact report for 2018/19, which breaks down some of the big numbers and achievements from around the AHSNs over the past year. 

A new AHSN Network animation has also been developed, which outlines how all of the AHSNs are working together across England. Click the below image to watch! 
Engage with Wessex and the AHSNs

The 15 Academic Health Science Networks in England are committed to working together to support promising innovation into the NHS. As part of the Network’s efforts to collaborate further, we’re working to make access to us and our colleagues in other AHSNs easier. 

To engage with us all you need to do is register your product with us. To do this; complete this form and send it to The form, and more information, is also available on this page.

Keep a copy of this form as you can use it if you decided to continue your work with our colleagues in other areas. 

If you have any questions about the form, don’t hesitate to give us a call on (023) 8202 0840.
SBRI Healthcare Programme - Funding offer launched for Cardiovascular Disease and Integrated Care & Social Care
SBRI Healthcare's next funding competition has launched today (24 June 2019). Companies and organisations are being invited to bid for funding to develop solutions to challenges in:
  • Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), including the following sub-categories:
    • Detection and Prevention
    • Intervention and Invasive Investigations
    • Efficiency of CVD pathway
  • Integrated Care and Social Care, including the following categories:
    • Improve effective data sharing system across the care network
    • Reduce social care workforce pressure
SBRI Healthcare is funded by NHS England to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs. Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 6 months and up to £100,000 (inc. VAT) per project.

Briefing events with clinicians for interested companies will take place in London on 1 July, and Manchester on 10 July. The deadline for applications 14 August 2019, and details on the competition, and how to register for the briefing events, are available by clicking the link.


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