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Dear colleague

I am delighted that the NHS Long Term Plan highlighted AHSNs as key players in speeding up the spread of innovations. It was particularly heartening for me to see more resources for stroke prevention, with a new package of activity to improve anticoagulation rates. I am very proud that I was recently appointed a Trustee of the Stroke Association and the Innovation Agency and our partners will continue to champion ways to identify those at risk and improve treatment of atrial fibrillation, a leading cause of stroke. Read my blog about our AF work here.

The finalists have been announced in our NWC Research and Innovation Awards – many congratulations to all and I look forward to hearing more about your great work!


Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

Strong role for AHSNs in new innovation system

The Innovation Agency and fellow AHSNs are key players in a simpler, clearer innovation system outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, so that proven and affordable innovations get to patients faster. Supported by the AHSN Network’s Innovation Exchange, this will include a new advisory service for healthcare innovators. Read more here.

Smartphone tech transforms home care

Liverpool is leading the way in the use of smartphone technology to deliver and monitor better quality care in people’s homes.

The city is the first to introduce a digital system with almost all domiciliary care providers – giving instant information about 9,000 vulnerable residents to their families and healthcare professionals. It was made possible through a grant of €1m secured through the European STOPandGO programme in which the Innovation Agency was a key partner. Full story here.


NWC Research and Innovation Awards 2019 finalists​

Congratulations to the finalists in our annual awards event! The full list of those shortlisted in 12 categories is on our awards website here. The awards will be presented by BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips at an event in Liverpool on 7 March.​


Funding for mental health app development

A product design company in Chester has been awarded funding from SBRI Healthcare to develop a voice-operated app to treat anxiety in young people. 

Cadscan was awarded a contract to develop Phobot, providing interventions that support positive mental health. Voice or text-operated, the app uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to interpret a user’s words and respond with a tailored therapy programme. Full story here.


Liz Mear joins Northern Power Women 2019

Innovation Agency Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear has been included in the 2019 Northern Power Women List.
She is one of a small number selected to join a list of influencers recognised for using power for good, challenging the norm and ensuring that everyone they work with recognises the benefits of having gender-balanced organisations. Liz has also been shortlisted in the Transformation category of the Northern Power Women Awards, which are announced in March. Full story here.


Coaching in patient safety and improvement culture

Apply now for our next learning programme: Coaching for a Safe and Continuously Improving Workplace Culture. Sponsored by the North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative, this twelve month programme addresses organisational and team culture and the relationship to patient safety and improvement. 
We particularly welcome applications from teams working on Maternity-Neonatal; Medicines Safety; and Deterioration issues, to collaborate in a focussed community of practice.

Join an information webinar about the course on 19 February 11-12pm​
Read more and apply here by 1 March.​


Supporting the Year of the Environment

In support of Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment we are holding an event next Monday, in partnership with Cheshire and Merseyside Health & Care Partnership and Voluntary Sector North West. This is now full but there is a reserve list for places, here.

Our Chair Gideon Ben-Tovim is advisor on the natural environment to Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and he has blogged about the benefits to health and wellbeing of our environmental assets, here.


‘Beat the scrum’ wins HSJ award

A campaign using the power of Rugby League to help reduce pressures on A&E departments won the Best Primary Care Innovation category at the 2018 HSJ Awards.

Beat the Scrum, which was part funded by the Innovation Agency, united Widnes Vikings, St Helens and Warrington Wolves players past and present in a series of educational videos. Read more.

Award for Connected Health Cities

The Connected Health Cities programme across the North of England was named Healthcare Project of the Year at the 2018 Bionow Awards. The Innovation Agency leads the North West Coast programme, which uses big data, research and technology to improve services for alcohol, COPD and epilepsy patients. Full story here.

Wanted: Recruits for public Senate


We are looking for volunteers to join a second Public Involvement and Engagement Senate, focussed on Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Senate members meet every three months and are asked to try out new apps and devices and take part in discussions with innovators and clinicians about products and services. Find out more.



Big Innovation Conversation: Patient Safety

14 February, webinar
Our next Big Innovation Conversation will highlight products and services that increase the quality and safety of clinical services – reducing the impact of human factors, serious incidents and never events while improving outcomes and patient experience. Register here.


Eco 18: Workforce challenges
17 March, venue tbc
At our next Ecosystem event we will learn about digital innovations to address the serious workforce challenges facing the NHS and social care. Register here.




Listen to podcasts of presentations at our Eco17 event about digital health on our Audioboom channel, here.
The slides can be found on SlideShare.

Transforming health and social care services, the Innovation Exchange and SBRI Healthcare – Karen Livingstone
The benefits of system-wide population health and analytics - Aaron Brizell, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust               
Enabling a population level transformation programme - Declan Hadley, Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria             
Enabling transformation - Rob Halhead, Docobo Ltd             


Short video interviews

Professor Sumi Helal and digital health at Lancaster University

Aaron Brizell on the benefits of system-wide population health and analytics

Rob Halhead of Docobo on enabling transformation through telehealth

Declan Hadley of Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria on enabling a population level transformation programme


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