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| A note from our chair

Welcome to the first issue of AHSN Network News, our new monthly e-newsletter that will share all the latest health innovation news, events, publications and opinion from the 15 Academic Health Science Networks.

The past year has been the most challenging time in history for health and care systems, and we’re pleased to share our NHS Reset Report in this issue. The report reflects on the NHS Reset campaign we collaborated with NHS Confederation and the Health Foundation on, to support the health and care system to shape and adapt during the pandemic. It looks back at the rapid progress made in the short term and outlines recommendations to support the recovery of the NHS in the longer term.

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

| Contents

 1: AHSN Network Reset Report 


>  2: Latest news
>  3: Meet the innovator: ProReal
>  4: Latest blogs and podcasts
>  5: Atlas innovation case study
>  6: Upcoming events

| AHSN Network Reset Report 

A report capturing the AHSN experience during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been published as part of the AHSN’s Health and Care Reset campaign to inform leaders across the NHS as it enters the next phase of the pandemic response.

The AHSN Network Health and Care Reset Campaign was launched to collate and spread learnings and insights from identifying, evaluating, and spreading innovations and new ways of working during the pandemic.

Read the full article

| Latest news

AHSN Network supports Mental Health Awareness Week


10-16 May was Mental Health Awareness Week. The AHSN Network supported the campaign by sharing two news stories about our national programmes that support mental health patients, Early Intervention Eating Disorders and Focus ADHD, as well as blogs from innovations we support, to highlight our work in this space and raise awareness of mental health conditions. Read more >

More than 40,000 pregnant women have benefitted from pre-eclampsia test following national AHSN rollout


In the last year, more than 40,000 pregnant women have benefited from innovative tests for pre-eclampsia. As the delivery arm of the Accelerated Access Collaborative’s (AAC) Rapid Uptake Products (RUP) programme and the new MedTech Funding Mandate, the AHSNs have been supporting the rollout of Placental Growth Factor (PlGF) tests. Read more >

BBC News interview with Gary Ford and innovator, Huma – catch up


On Thursday 13 May, Chair of the AHSN Network and Chief Executive of Oxford AHSN, Gary Ford, was interviewed on the BBC News channel, along with the CEO and founder of Huma, Dan Vahdat. Huma’s digital Remote Patient Monitoring solution has been supported by Imperial College Health Partners and Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN. The interview discussed how AHSNs have been supporting the NHS coronavirus effort and helping to manage the post-coronavirus backlog through digital technology and innovation, including home monitoring and AI solutions in stroke care. You can watch the interview again via YouTube.

UK-India coronavirus webinars


The AHSN Network partnered with the South Asian Health Foundation to set up a series of eight webinars to support learning and exchange opportunities with clinicians from the UK and India on coronavirus. You can catch up with the webinars again on our YouTube channel. Read more >

Innovation Exchange podcast: Tackling addiction the innovative way


In this episode we chat to Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, a psychiatrist with more than 20 years' experience of helping people with mental health and substance misuse problems, and the innovators behind the AHSN supported Smoke Free appKontigo Care and Build on Belief, which help those with addiction related problems. Listen now >

| Meet the innovator: ProReal

Tell us about your innovation - what and why?

We have developed an avatar software – it helps people to express difficult thoughts and feelings. It uses virtual world technology to help people visualise their issues, to label emotions and see things from different perspectives.

What was the lightbulb moment?

A few years ago, a client of ours asked why reflective practice and coaching conversations needed to happen face-to-face. That single question started our quest to find alternatives.
Read the full article

| Latest blogs and podcasts

Supporting the health and care reset


Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive of Yorkshire and Humber AHSN and Vice Chair of the AHSN Network says the time to build out of a crisis is when you are in it, and discusses our latest Reset Report. Read more >

ChatHealth: Supporting young people and families with their mental health


Caroline Palmer, Clinical Lead of ChatHealth, which is supported by several AHSNs, reflects on the increased demand and impact of digital healthcare services during the pandemic. Read more >
 

| Atlas innovation case study

Intellin – an intelligent remote management diabetes platform


Diabetes is a complex and difficult condition to manage. Intellin® is an intelligent diabetes management platform that uses clinical data to predict the trajectory of the individual’s disease and helps to mitigate progression. The potential of Intellin® was recognised early by Health Innovation Manchester (HInM) and the Innovation Agency, the AHSN for the North West Coast. Read more >

| Upcoming events


NHS Confed Conference 2021: Join us for a number of sessions in the AHSN Network Innovation Zone, 15-17 June
Getting started with Environmental Sustainability; Learning from the Journey in Newcastle - 23 June, 10:30am-12pm
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