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Dear colleague

Awards season is upon us and I am really looking forward to seeing the nominations to our own North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards – do please check out the 12 categories.

We saw some fantastic winners in two regional award events that we sponsored, one recognising excellence in supplier partnerships and the other focussed on digital health, do read about their great work via the links below.

We’ve also included news about plans to accelerate the uptake of a range of carefully selected, innovative products. Get in touch if you need any support with deployment - our skilled and enthusiastic Innovation Agency staff are here to help!


Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards


We are calling for award nominations from innovative health and care professionals across Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria. The deadline is Friday 30 November and the awards will be presented on 7 March in Liverpool, with three free places for each finalist. More info at:

New director of transformation

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Carole Spencer as Director of Transformation. Carole has been with us for 12 months on secondment from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and has now taken up the substantive post.


Products backed for rapid uptake

Seven innovative technology areas have been selected for rapid uptake that improve patients’ lives but are not currently available to everyone who could benefit. They were selected by health and care system leaders in the Accelerated Access Collaborative and they include a range of treatments for conditions such as cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. The products will be spread through the AHSNs’ Innovation Exchanges.     Full story here.


Secretary of State launches vision for tech

Health Secretary Matt Hancock launched his vision for how health technology can help transform the NHS at an AHSN event in London. See here for more detail, but in summary the Secretary of State’s vision focuses on getting rid of outdated IT systems from NHS organisations to create a new generation of digital services.


The Diabetes Hothouse

The Diabetes Hothouse has been launched by a collaboration between the AHSN Network, NHS England and the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) to enable faster access to new, evidence-based technology for NHS patients with diabetes.

The Diabetes Hothouse is calling for innovators with evidence of a strong impact on improving outcomes for people with diabetes. Successful applicants will receive support in either funding or clinical expertise so they can spread their solutions across the country. The deadline is 5 November and there is more information here.

Stroke clinic telehealth wins Innovation Award


Congratulations to St Helens and Knowsley Health Informatics Service who won the Innovation Agency-sponsored Innovation Award at the North West Skills Development Network’s Informatics Awards.

It was for their successful introduction of video consultations with stroke patients in their own homes. Full story here.


Awards for NHS and business partnerships 

Successful partnerships between businesses and NHS organisations were showcased at The NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards 2018.
There were three winners from the North West Coast: Liverpool Women’s Hospital, NHS Supplier Engagement of the Year; Countess of Chester Hospital, NHS Procurement Innovation; and Helen Oulton, Lead Nurse for Infection Control at The Walton Centre, NHS Procurement Champion. 
Full story here.


What’s new on Atlas?

Our national Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare brings together proven innovations from the AHSNs and Patient Safety Collaboratives that are making a positive difference to people’s lives and saving NHS money. The latest case studies include:
Locums Nest – this app connects doctors and hospitals, cutting out the agencies to enable hospitals and doctors to fill their own rota gaps at minimal cost.
Suspicion of Sepsis Insights Dashboard this new tool accurately measures the number of patients admitted to hospital who are at risk of sepsis. All hospitals in England are being asked to use the dashboard, which shows the number of admissions, rates of survival and lengths of stay, to give clinicians the clearest information for which types of infections can cause patients to deteriorate quickly and which treatments are most effective in saving lives. Read more here.

Red bags improving safety for care home residents


Care homes across south London are taking part in a Red Bag initiative, which ensures that vital records and personal belongings are kept safe in red bags when a resident is transferred to hospital in an emergency. View a short video from the Health Innovation Network, here.


Would you like to be an Innovation Scout?

Innovation Scouts are a community of health and care professionals who are provided with a range of learning, collaboration and networking opportunities. An event to refresh the community takes place on 29 November at Haydock Park Racecourse. Register here.

Eco 17: Digital health event

4 December, 9am – 1pm, Lancaster University

The next in our series of digital ecosystem events will focus on emerging and disruptive digital health solutions that promise to transform the health and care system in the UK. Register here.


Looking back at Expo

We have published a new series of videos on our Youtube channel about Innovation Agency partners featured at the Health and Care Expo – view a short overview video here, less than two minutes long; and more here.

Digital health interviews

Watch short video interviews with some of the speakers at our Northern digital ecosystem event about some of their key messages.
Paul Rice, Head of Technology Strategy, NHS England: Opportunities for NHS staff and business partners in digital transformation
Matthew Gardner, Programme Manager IT Transformation: How the Global Digital Exemplar programme is changing staff culture
Bleddyn Rees ECH Alliance: Moonshot launched by new digital health society
Sarah Rodgers, Professor of Health Informatics, University of Liverpool:  How housing improvements led to better health and Pollution damages pupils’ exam performance

Operational excellence - webinar recording 

The Innovation Agency’s Big Innovation Conversation webinar about operational excellence can be viewed again here and the password is:  fE36PVwn.


RCP landmark report highlights role of AHSNs

This mortality report by the Royal College of Physicians – which shows how hospitals are learning from deaths to improve patient care – highlights the critical role AHSNs play in building collaboration between hospitals.


Research Training Fellowships

Four Research Training Fellowships are available through the Dunhill Medical Trust, for academics, clinicians and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a research career in ageing, rehabilitation or palliative care.
The deadline is 15 February; apply here.

Online course for network facilitators 

A free online course for those facilitating networks for change and improvement in health and care launches in January. The Developing Effective Networks for Change and Improvement course provides the ‘building blocks’ to develop and sustain effective networks.
Places are limited and will be allocated following an application process. For more information, please click here.


Population health management, why is it so important? – Eleanor Garnett-Bentley

The patient stuck in a room – Jen Gilroy-Cheetham

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