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Dear colleague

We have a lot of excellent reading for you this month, including a report on the work of six Northern universities investigating the connections between health and productivity. The evidence is powerful and I hope that this report from the Northern Health Science will strengthen the argument for more investment in the North.

I am delighted to introduce you to a new prospectus highlighted below, designed to help you to better understand our offer to health and social care partners. Do get in touch if you would like a hard copy.

Finally, here’s the last call to consider entering our NWC Research and Innovation Awards – there are just two days until the deadline for nominations!


Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

Report links health with productivity


Poor health has been linked with the North’s poor productivity for the first time in a major new report by six northern universities, produced by the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA).
Health for Wealth: Building a Healthier Northern Powerhouse for UK Productivity contains a powerful argument that tackling health inequalities between the North and South would an extra £13.2bn into the economy.

Read it here.

Our prospectus for NHS and social care

Please download ‘Our offer to NHS and social care’ – a new guide which aims to clarify how we support NHS and social care organisations in our region. This includes nationally endorsed innovations, our STP-focussed support, our coaching and patient safety programmes, how we create partnerships with local small businesses, our events and our public and patient involvement offer.


Understanding how and why the NHS adopts innovation

A new report captures insights and learning from some of the organisations which have successfully implemented innovations supported by the NHS Innovation Accelerator.

Aiming to get to the heart of how decisions are made within NHS organisations, this research considers:

  • How and why organisations take up an innovation
  • The enabling factors which facilitate the uptake and embedding of an innovation
  • The impacts of adopting an innovation on organisational practices.

Download it here.


Review highlights potential of specialist hospitals

A new report outlines how high performing specialist trusts have the potential to do more to benefit the wider NHS. A review of around one-third of England’s 21 specialist trusts looked at why they consistently score higher than their counterparts in ratings for performance and satisfaction.

It was carried out by Innovation Agency Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear and UCLPartners Chief Executive Dr Charlie Davie, who recommended seven ways in which local systems can benefit more widely from the role of specialist trusts.

Download it here and read a blog from Liz and Charlie, published in HSJ, here.


Do you have a product or technology for use in the NHS?

Join commercial directors from across the AHSN Network in Leeds on 12 December for a range of talks, workshops, one to one advice sessions and networking opportunities. Open to all health technology companies.

Book your place here.

Health, Wellbeing and the Environment - Opportunities and Challenges

We are helping to launch Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment 2019 with an event on 28 January in which we will explore how to make more of our environment, to improve health and wellbeing.
Speakers include Dr William Bird of Intelligent Health, Lucy Stone of DEFRA, and Dave Sweeney of Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership.

Register here.

Population health – how to achieve it


Population health is an approach that aims to improve physical and mental health outcomes, promote wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across an entire population. A new report outlines The King’s Fund’s vision for population health, the reasoning for why such a vision is needed and the steps required to achieve it.

Available here.


Award for AF best practice 

The Innovation Agency has been selected as one of the AF Association’s Healthcare Pioneers for Best Practice in Atrial Fibrillation and features in the prestigious AF Association Healthcare Pioneers Report 2019.

Our work has identified 5,636 people with undiagnosed AF in the areas covered by East Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, Warrington, West Cheshire and Wirral CCGs. Our team also discovered 4,721 AF patients who were not being treated with anticoagulation for the condition, which could have led to 450 potential strokes.

Read more here.
View a short video overview of our AF work here.


North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards


If you’re quick, there’s still time to tell us about your great work in research or innovation by entering our annual awards.

The deadline is 30 November and you can enter here.


Join our PPI Senate

We are looking for volunteers to join a Lancashire and South Cumbria Patient and Public Involvement Senate, to support our work spreading innovations. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more, by emailing our PPI Lead at:

Have a heart – help to save lives

We are looking for more volunteers to become AF Ambassadors to identify people with atrial fibrillation in their workplace or community. You will be given training and equipped with a portable device to test pulses.

For more information, email


AHSN Network vacancies for Patient Safety Fellows

Working in partnership with Health Education England, the AHSN Network is recruiting to two exciting roles at Band 8a which will bring a patient safety focus to ‘learning from deaths’ work. The closing date for applications is 1 December.

For full details, click here.

Genomics specialist careers

Find out about the range of roles working in genomics – and how some existing health roles have changed as a result of rapid advances in technology and understanding. The Genomics Education Programme has produced a film series looking at some of the often-forgotten specialist roles within the healthcare system.

View the films here.


Primary care resources - webinar recording

Our Big Innovation Conversation webinar about support and resources for primary care can be accessed here, using the password ZbcPCi93. It was hosted by my, My Health UK and the University of Central Lancashire, exploring products and services that release GP capacity and make practices more effective and efficient.

VIDEOS: STP and ICS nurse leaders driving change

As interated care systems evolve, nurses are seen as fundamental to the success of this joined-up way of working. This new video from NHS England looks at the way in which nurses are driving change by exploring how things can be done differently. Hear how nurses are bringing the voice of the patient to the fore, ensuring NHS organisations, local councils and health and wellbeing services see an opportunity to improve the quality of care.
Watch the video.

VIDEOS: Stretcher business gets a lift

Lancashire small business owner Nick Gray of UKDI describes how our commercial team has helped him make the right contacts in order to promote his innovative, three-part foldable stretcher.
View a two-minute video here.


Blown away by HSJ award winners – Alan Davies

It’s okay not to be okay – Jen Gilroy-Cheetham

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