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West Midlands Health Innovation Network
December 2016

Welcome to the bi-monthly newsletter of the West Midlands Mental Health Innovation Network. For further details on the Network, contact Lily Singh or Blair Davis, Network Co-ordinators, on 0121 301 4343. 


Welcome to this month's network newsletter! In this edition, we will update you on our latest event held in November in association with Public Health England on Prevention, as well as other network news, innovation inspiration and useful news and resources. 
After the success of the new opportunities calendar in our last edition, we have updated it for the new year to keep you up to date with relevant funding opportunities, calls and competitions, upcoming events and other items we hope you will find useful. As always, we are keen to hear from network members so if you have an item you would like to feature in the calendar, please just get in touch.

The newsletter aims to enhance the work of the network and respond to the needs of its members, and we encourage you to get in touch with your feedback to ensure the network is shaped by its members.

Opinion poll

We'd like to hear from you, our network members on which challenges you would like to see us address. In this edition we'd like to hear your views on funding and what you would like to hear more or less about. Please click here to complete the survey and let us know your thoughts!


Network news and events
Network Update
Innovation inspiration
Opportunities Calendar
Focus on...

Network news and events


The fourth event in the series of events held by the network covered the topic of Prevention. As with the previous three events, it was extremely well attended and delegates were enthusiastic in participating in the workshops.

Presentations were delivered by Dr Geraldine Strathdee O.B.E, Professor Max Birchwood, Dr Lola Abudu and Dr Paul Patterson. The presentations covered a range of areas relating to prevention. To see the presentations from the day, please click here.

There were some interesting discussions had during the latter part of the afternoon where several challenges were raised during the workshop sessions:

  • Discussions around routine enquiry (ACEs), school based peer health champions and the potential appetite for Local Demonstrator Sites to test and prove the benefit of new, joined-up approaches.
  • Personal care planning and the difficulties experienced.
  • Better use of data, data sharing and digital tools, along with the issue of consent.
Delegates were encouraged to work with the network to develop these challenges for submission to the Meridian Health Innovation Exchange to engage wider support, and we would also like to hear from our network members to contribute to these challenges also, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Coming up....Children and Young People

The next network event will be on the topic of Children and Young People.

Around 1 in 10 children and young people are affected by a mental health problem, but approximately 70% have not received the appropriate interventions at a young enough age. The Mental Health Foundation discusses ways in which to keep young people mentally well as well as risk factors and what help is available. To read more, please click here.

The Children and Young People's Mental Health and Well-being Taskforce was established to look at how children's mental health services are organised, commissioned and provided, as well as how to make it easier for young people to access these services. In March 2015, a report called Future in mind was published which established a clear message about system-wide change to improve the mental health and well-being of children and young people. To read about the service transformation programme planned by NHS England, please click here.

The event, which will be taking place in February, will be predominantly lead by young people and will involve some engaging talks and presentations to foster discussion about the health and well-being of children and young people.
We will be sending out a save the date which you will receive in the New Year 
should you which to attend!

WMAHSN Masterclass on Intellectual Property
This free two-hour session aims to give NHS employees an overview of intellectual property, looking at the different forms of intellectual property, its protection, how it applies to your ideas and how MidTECH can help you take those ideas forward. The session will have interactive elements and include guest speakers who have worked with MidTECH in the past.
And finally....

Would you like to be featured in our newsletter? Or perhaps you want support to implement an innovation in your practice area? Whatever your innovation needs or news. please get in touch and tell us about it. We want to hear about your innovative practice, the challenges you are facing or the issues you want solutions to.

Network Update

The website has finally arrived!
The West Midlands MHIN website is now live! The site will provide information and resources on mental health innovations regionally and nationally, as well as news, funding information and upcoming events. We are excited to launch the website and use it to facilitate the spread of innovation and we hope that you are too. To take a look at the website, please click here.
IPS update
Following the last IPS update in the August newsletter and the formation of a regional IPS network, members met last week to discuss where we are at regionally with regards to IPS and then to have a practical discussion about next steps.

We will be keeping you up to date in the New Year with how the MHIN will be supporting the IPS network in 2017 to ensure a regional focus.
Association for Dementia Studies
The Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) at the University of Worcester is assessing whether the 'Nursing Scale for Older patients with Cognitive Impairments in the Acute Care Hospital' is suitable for nursing staff in English speaking countries.
  • To assess whether the translated version of the scale can be understood by English speaking nursing staff
  • To collect data using the scale which can be compared to previous Japanese data to see if they produce similar results
  • To explore whether the scale could be useful in the UK context.
ADS would like people with a healthcare qualification who have acute hospital experience in supporting people with dementia to complete a survey to help them meet these aims. For more details about the project and to find a link to the survey, please visit the University of Worcester website


Innovation Expo 2016: School and mental health link pilots taking work further to help more young people.
TedTalks - ideas worth spreading

Innovation inspiration

Meridian health innovation exchange

Meridian is an online health innovation exchange that supports the spread of good practice to deliver improved health and wealth across the West Midlands. 

Meridian is a pioneering interactive platform for anyone to share their innovations and ideas, build groups and networks and make contact with people whose innovations could change healthcare in the West Midlands. The website will support the adoption of good practice in health and social care and share lessons learned from across the sector.

Users – including people from the NHS, academia, industry and the third sector – are able to submit their ideas so that others can comment, suggest ways in which it may be improved and vote for innovations that are good for the region to support and worthy of further development. Alternatively, users can respond to campaigns, where there has been a specific healthcare need identified in the West Midlands which may be solved through an existing or new innovation. 

Meridian moderators, who are active in the innovation community in the West Midlands, will review the submissions to assess the innovation effectively and provide practical support for the development of the idea.

When an idea is submitted, Meridian will notify the user if similar innovations have been submitted, allowing people to partner with others in the community who have had similar insights. Once an innovation has been submitted, the user becomes the Innovation Champion for that idea and they can put the power of the community to work.

Innovator points are awarded for activity such as submitting innovations, commenting on others innovations, voting, receiving votes and submitting stories into the Innovation Warehouse. As users accrue points, they attain a higher innovator status as an indicator of their activity in the community and their entrepreneurial insights.

Organisations that are part of the WMAHSN’s enhanced membership scheme will get access to even more features and benefits of Meridian. For more information, read the guide to getting started with Meridian, or take a look at the handy Meridian flyer.

Register now and get involved! 
Meridian Live!
To celebrate the first birthday of Meridian the WMAHSN would like to invite you to join them for Meridian Live!
The event will offer you the opportunity to network with potential partners and explore the latest innovations and advances within the region as well as learning about the latest developments in WMAHSN priorities, support and funding mechanisms.
As part of the day there will be two innovation stages where innovators can present and discuss their innovations, networks or activities to the conference attendees. This will consist of a 30 minute slot to present/discuss your work, experiences, aspirations and next steps.
If you would like to have the opportunity to secure one of these slots for your work please contact Tammy Holmes in order for her to add you to the agenda.
Tickets are going fast so please click here to register.
Opportunities Calendar

Funding calls, events, competitions and other important dates for your diary, the new WMMHIN opportunities calendar is your one stop shop for relevant funding and financing opportunities, competitions and events around the region. If you have an item you would like featured in the calendar, just drop us a line. 

December 2016 - March 2017: Calendar 
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