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| A note from our chair

Welcome to the July issue of AHSN Network News. One of the top stories in this edition is the release of our 2020-2021 Impact Report. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the most challenging time in the health and care system's history, AHSNs realigned resources and refocused our existing work to support the national and regional response. We adapted and channelled our efforts to support the system where needed, and used our model of operating as a locally connected, co-ordinated national network to add value at pace and scale during this time. Read on to learn more about how we responded to the pandemic.

Professor Gary Ford, Chair of the AHSN Network and Chief Executive of Oxford AHSN

| Contents

 1: AHSN Network Impact Report


>  2: Latest news
>  3: Meet the innovator: Spirit Digital
>  4: Latest blogs
>  5: Atlas innovation case study
>  6: Upcoming events

| AHSN Network has benefitted more than 258,000 patients through national programmes

Our 2020-2021 Impact Report highlights outstanding impacts achieved by AHSNs and evidences how together we have benefitted more than 258,000 patients through our national programmes during the coronavirus pandemic. The report evidences how we are driving adoption and spread in healthcare innovation, transforming patient outcomes, enabling efficiencies, saving the NHS money, generating economic growth and attracting millions of pounds of investment for the country’s economy.

Read the full article

| Latest news

AHSN Network instrumental in generating over £462 million of UK investment during pandemic


Over the last year, £462 million of investment has been leveraged and more than 1,400 jobs have been either created or protected as a result of work by the AHSN Network. These figures have been released as part of our 20-21 AHSN Network Impact Report, which looks at the collective impacts of England’s 15 AHSNs. Read more >

AHSN Network features in Business & Industry Sustainable Healthcare campaign


Supporting Business & Industry's Sustainable Healthcare campaign, which launched within the Guardian, Kathy Scott, Director of Operations and Deputy CEO of Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, and Lead of the AHSN Network Sustainability Community of Interest Group, discussed how innovation can support the NHS net zero target.

Kathy says: "Recognising climate change's threat to health, the NHS has become the world's first healthcare system to commit to reaching carbon net zero by 2040." Read the full article.

Innovation Exchange podcast: Pulmonary Rehab - the COVID effect


In this episode Dr Hasan Chowhan explores the challenges facing pulmonary rehab services, which have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We also hear about exciting innovations from Spirit DigitalAseptikaRehab Guru and Concept HealthListen now >

Catch up on AHSN Network talks from the NHS Virtual Confed Conference 2021


The AHSN Network hosted the Innovation Zone at the 2021 NHS Virtual Confed Conference from 15-17 June. Catch up on content sessions from a number of AHSN representatives from across the Network on topics such as:
  • Reset: lessons and insights on innovation during the pandemic to inform the health and care system of the future
  • LGBT+ health inequalities and where innovation can help
  • How remote patient monitoring became a game-changer during the pandemic. 
Catch up with the sessions >

HSJ Patient Safety Awards and HSJ Partnership Awards recognition


Following one of the toughest years in the history of the health and social care sector, we’re delighted to announce that six AHSNs have been nominated at the prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Award 2021, including AHSN Network national programme, PReCePT. Read the full story.
 
Several AHSNs and AHSN-supported innovations have also been recognised at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2021, which celebrates organisations working in partnership with the NHS. Read the full story.

Supporting companies to accelerate proven innovations into the international market: Catch up with our ‘Get Export Ready’ webinar


The international market is becoming more important than ever for UK healthtech businesses and having an NHS customer in place really helps. This is one of several key points made at the recent AHSN Network Get Export Ready: International Support for Health Innovators event, held on 10 June.

Led by Yorkshire & Humber AHSNEastern AHSN and UCLPartners, the event saw 60 delegates attend, providing an opportunity for SMEs to receive advice and guidance on how they can successfully break into global healthtech markets. Read the full story and watch the webinar >

| Meet the innovator: Spirit Digital


Meet Jane Van Aken, Director of Product Development at Spirit Digital, a remote monitoring solution supported by the AHSN Network. Jane discusses her ‘light bulb’ moment, advice for budding innovators and how virtual monitoring has been a lifeline for many during the coronavirus pandemic.
Read the full article

| Latest blogs

NIA innovators support the coronavirus health and care response


Amanda Begley, NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) National Director and Director of Innovation and Implementation for UCLPartners discusses how the NIA has a unique dual focus on personal development for the individuals (‘Fellows’) as well as bespoke support to spread their innovations. Read more >

Working in partnership with AHSNs to reset and recover after the pandemic


Richard Stubbs, AHSN Network Vice Chair and CEO of Yorkshire & Humber AHSN writes for the HSJ, highlighting a need for the health sector to work with industry to bring about positive change in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more >

Discussing Diversity: Being the first black NIA fellow – a source of comfort or concern?


Sami Nur, Director of Strategic Development and Partnership at Feebris, shares his reflections on navigating his roles in the NHS and health tech as a person of colour. Feebris is a DigitalHealth.London Accelerator company and Sami was selected as an NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Fellow in 2021. Read more >

Involvement and co-production – collaboration is key


Dr Siân Rees, Director of Community Involvement and Workforce Innovation at Oxford AHSN and co-chair of the National AHSN PPI Leads Forum, discusses the AHSN Network involvement and co-production strategy currently in development, and talks about the importance of working with patients and the public across the innovation system. Read more >

£1bn and counting…


Dr Nicola Hutchinson, Economic Growth Director for the AHSN Network and Chief Executive Officer at the AHSN for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), discusses the impressive results of our company impact survey for 2020-21. Read more >

AHSN Network and AAC collaboratively supporting cardiovascular patients


The AHSN Network is a key member of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC). Dr Peter Carey, Consultant in Endocrinology and Diabetes, discusses how the AAC has helped support cardiology patients at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, through the Pathway Transformation Fund (PTF) Lipid Optimisation project, which we're helping to deliver. Read more >

| Atlas innovation case study

Malinko: an intelligent e-scheduling tool for safe, efficient delivery of clinical care in the community


The NHS long term strategy aims to move services out of hospital. Malinko’s e-scheduling tool optimises caseload scheduling for community healthcare teams and helps managers understand their capacity (skilled staff) and demand (patient needs). Outcomes include improved productivity, service delivery, staff safety, patient outcomes, as well as reduced clinical risk and cost.

Innovation funding awarded by Health Innovation Manchester (HinM) enabled co-design of the software ‘blueprint’ with Salford Royal NHS FT, creating an innovative e-scheduling tool. Read more >

| Upcoming events


AHSN Network Innovation Exchange and AGE-WELL health ageing webinar series: The role of robotics in supporting care for older adults - 12 July, 5-6pm
AHSN Network, HEART UK and NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) Evaluating Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk webinar, 14 July, 1-2pm
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