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Dear colleague
We know that to successfully introduce an innovation it isn’t about the technology, it’s about the people. That’s why we have added a sixth goal in our Innovation Agency plan, to support a culture in which innovation can thrive. This highlights the importance of culture in innovation and we are supporting partners through our highly successful Coaching Academy; our expanding Innovation Scout network; by rolling out health coaching and by working closely with system leaders to identify their needs.
So while we offer innovations from different sources, do bear in mind that we can also provide support for the implementation and rollout of new technologies and new ways of working. 


Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

Coaching to adopt and spread social prescribing


Our Coaching Academy is calling for applications to the next six-month coached programme which is aimed at individuals introducing or developing social prescribing. The course starts in July 2019 and offers structured learning and development for health and care professionals to improve culture, quality and safety of health and care. Apply here before 28 June.

Innovations to boost workforce productivity

Our latest Ecosystem event featured innovations to improve workforce productivity, bringing together patients, healthcare staff, businesses and academics to explore solutions to workforce challenges.  We have produced a short interactive summary with links to presentations, podcasts and videos - download it here.
The next Ecosystem event topic is: Enabling care closer to home with point of care testing and remote devices, on 9 July, venue tbc.


Innovations magazine

All the latest news and features on health innovations in our region and nationally, plus coaching courses and other offers, are featured in the latest issue of our Innovations magazine; download it here.


Drive for more diversity in NHS leadership

The Innovation Agency is backing a new network for NHS leaders from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Launched by the NHS Confederation, the BME Leadership Network will work with national and front-line leaders to increase diversity and inclusivity in the NHS. The Innovation Agency and other AHSNs will be sponsoring events and supporting other key activities such as publications and engagement with leaders locally and nationally. Read more.


Health Secretary hails the power of the North

Secretary of State Matt Hancock described the Northern Powerhouse as a big part of the UK’s success in pharmaceuticals, medical technologies and digital health.
He was speaking at an Insider magazine Health Innovation Conference, part sponsored by the Innovation Agency and Health Innovation Manchester, at which our Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear was also a speaker. The Health Secretary outlined why some of the ‘most dynamic growth and exciting innovation’ is going to happen in this region. Full story here.


Merseyside boost from Strength in Places Fund

Three out of 24 projects in the first wave of UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund are based in Liverpool City Region, which is a fantastic achievement – well done to all involved. Teams behind these projects will receive early stage funding to develop full bids to UK Research and Innovation in late 2019, with four to eight of the strongest set to receive between £10m and £50m each to carry out projects designed to drive substantial economic growth. Read more here.

New patient and public involvement Senate

A second patient and public engagement Senate has been created by the Innovation Agency, for Lancashire and South Cumbria.

This follows the success of the first Senate which will now focus on Cheshire and Merseyside. Members meet bi-monthly to discuss healthcare products and services; more info


Augmented reality helps men at risk of suicide

A charity, a tech company and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust were brought together by the Innovation Agency to use the power of Augmented Reality (AR) to prevent suicides.

The result was a ‘crisis card’ which can be scanned by a mobile phone to prompt an AR video of a person providing support and advice. The cards are being distributed at places like university campuses, sports stadiums and A&E departments. Full story


Key principles in encouraging NHS adoption of innovation

Read this blog by Amanda Begley, national director of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, reflecting on insights from their recent report on how and why the NHS adopts innovation. Available on NHS Voices.

Wound care strategy

NHS England and NHS Improvement have commissioned the AHSN Network to develop and deliver a National Wound Care Strategy Programme. Find out more at and sign up to a stakeholders forum, here.



EngageWell - sketchnoting and recruitment comms
8 May, Liverpool
This is an event of two halves – the morning will be spent learning how to sketchnote; and the afternoon is for everyone interested in learning how to boost recruitment through effective communication campaigns, featuring the NHS England lead on ‘WearetheNHS’. Register

Big Innovation Conversation: system flow
9 May 12.30-13.30

Our next Big Innovation Conversation webinar is about digitising the outpatient journey. We will hear about Wirral Health and Care’s work with teletriage in care homes to reduce hospital admissions; and an example of a digital tool for supported hospital discharge. Register

New technologies in health and care: the research and evaluation challenge
15 May, Manchester

The rapid pace of new health technologies present opportunities and challenges for health services research. HSRUK's spring seminar will bring together organisations working on innovations with researchers and policymakers interested in evaluation: with the aim to develop better partnerships and real improvements in patient care. Find out more

Bridging the gap
4 June, Wellcome Collection, London

This is the third in the AHSN Network series of free Bridging the gap events, aimed at any 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. Register

British Cardiovascular Society Hackathon
4-5 June, Manchester Central Convention Complex

A hackathon is being organised by the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS), NHS England, Novartis and Edwards Lifesciences, in parallel with the BCS annual conference.

Clinicians, software engineers, designers and entrepreneurs are invited to work together in small teams to identify common clinical issues and devise smart solutions. View a video of last year’s hack
here and register here.

National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine Inaugural Conference
12-13 June, North Lakes Hotel and Spa, Penrith, Cumbria

Organised by the University of Central Lancashire, this is aimed at healthcare workers in rural settings and in urban settings where delayed access to secondary care means urgent medicine skills are required; and digital health practitioners looking for new innovations and test-bed resources. Speakers include Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, former NHS medical director. More info

Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019
4-5 September, Manchester Central

This is the biggest event of the year for those involved in health and care innovation and the AHSNs will be hosting a large networking space and involved in a number of sessions. Registration is free to NHS staff using the code: EXPO19 and you can register


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