View this email in your browser

Dear colleague

This month I am delighted to launch our annual report, which has the proud title North West Coast success stories. This is a celebration of some of the fantastic achievements of our partners, in which we have played a part. Our collaborations have led to improved healthcare for our population, with reduced costs for providers and a substantial boost to the regional economy.
We will be making every effort to spread these stories nationally, to promote the North West Coast as a leader in innovative healthcare – and a great place to work.

Read it here Success stories cover


Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

New tech to be fast-tracked into NHS

A 3D heart modelling service to rapidly diagnose coronary disease and an advanced blood test which can cut the time it takes to rule out a heart attack by 75 per cent are among a raft of health innovations being introduced for patients.

The Innovation Agency and fellow Academic Health Science Networks are responsible for accelerating the uptake of the technologies across England – with the Innovation Agency focussing on Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Find out more here ► LOGO
Transfers of Care Around Medicine (TCAM)


An innovative medicines safety programme, TCAM is now being used by 11 hospitals and over 600 community pharmacies in Cheshire and Merseyside. The digital transfer of medication information from hospitals to community pharmacies is helping to reduce medication errors and has benefited over 6,000 patients so far, with potential reduced readmission costs of £9.5 million. We are now enrolling hospitals and pharmacies in Lancashire and South Cumbria to extend the reach of this project.

Find out more in our case study 

Plan to halve number of fractures among older people

A new approach to reducing the risk of older people breaking bones could save the NHS more than £35 million across the North of England.

The project will identify patients at high risk of fracture, evaluate medications and treat those patients, where appropriate, with a bone-sparing agent to improve bone density.

Read more here  LOGO

Cancer patients receive chemo at home and work

Cancer patients in Cheshire and Merseyside are receiving chemotherapy treatments in their homes and workplaces, thanks to a groundbreaking scheme from The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, supported by the Innovation Agency.

Clatterbridge is the first trust in the country to provide chemo in the workplace.

Read more here ► LOGO
‘Virtual clinics’ to help prevent strokes in Lancashire

New NHS funding is being provided to parts of Lancashire to help find and treat people with an irregular heart rhythm that puts them at high risk of stroke.

A programme of ‘virtual clinics’ will be rolled out nationally, with support from the Innovation Agency, in areas covered by 23 NHS CCGs, including three in Lancashire - Chorley and South Ribble, Morecambe Bay and West Lancashire.

Boost for student mental health provision in Liverpool


A University of Liverpool-led partnership which includes the Innovation Agency has been awarded £575k from the Office for Students for a project to further develop mental health provision for students across Liverpool.

The project will employ staff in Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Hope Clinic, who will work with the university’s mental health advisors to develop group interventions for a range of mental health issues including eating disorders, anxiety and depression.

Full story here 

Patient Safety Award finalist for stroke prevention

Our work to prevent strokes in the North West Coast has been shortlisted for the Patient Safety Awards 2019, presented at the end of day one of HSJ Patient Safety Congress in Manchester on 2 July.

An improvement programme involving 68 GP practices in our AF (atrial fibrillation) Collaborative resulted in 1,066 patients starting on anticoagulation treatment, while more than 800 were added to AF registers.

Read more here  LOGO

NEWS2 – improving patient safety across our region

A system for assessing whether a patient’s condition is deteriorating has been rolled out across the North West Coast, thanks to the Innovation Agency.

NEWS2 is the latest version of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS), a points system that helps improve the detection of clinical deterioration. Now, all trusts in our region have adopted or are in the process of adopting the system.

Read more here ► LOGO

Online system frees up 30,000 appointments

Switching from a traditional, letter-based appointment management system to a digital patient portal is saving over £120,000 a year – and freeing up 30,000 reusable appointments, at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. The system is provided by Cheshire-based business Healthcare Communications, which has been supported by the Innovation Agency.

North West economy to benefit from new HealthTec Cluster

The Innovation Agency is a partner in a new HealthTec Cluster launched at Sci-Tech Daresbury. The aim is to grow successful health technology businesses, develop world firsts in medical science and deliver life-changing health innovations both in the North West and nationally.

The new Cluster is a collaboration between the Innovation Agency and the Science and Technology Facilities Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, to support cutting-edge research, commercialisation and the global growth of health technologies, supported by an array of innovation enabling organisations.

Full story here ►

Research and innovation needs of NHS

Results of a survey commissioned by the AHSN Network in partnership with NHS England and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), have been published. While there were some differences in regional priorities, common themes emerged which reflected wider challenges facing the NHS and align with the priorities of the NHS Long Term Plan.

A national report plus a local summary of the views of health stakeholders, including clinical leaders, managers and directors, can be read here. LOGO

EPIC event for Lancs and South Cumbria

We were delighted to help organise the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria EPIC event at Preston North End, attended by more than 300 staff and volunteers from health and social care organisations. It was a truly epic event, with inspirational speakers and important connections made in order to Engage, Promote, Innovate and Collaborate.

View the event video ►


EPIC is now a Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria transformation programme with more to follow over the coming year. View presentations via the links below:

Streamlined national support for innovations

Ground-breaking treatments and technologies tackling key health issues such as cancer, dementia and obesity, are to be fast-tracked to NHS patients quicker than ever in a move welcomed by the Innovation Agency.

It follows the expansion of the recently created Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) which brings together the Government, NHS and industry leaders, streamlining national structures which support innovation in the NHS.

More info here ► LOGO

Excellence in Supply Awards 2019

Nominations are invited for the NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards 2019 – recognising successful partnerships by an NHS trust with a business or third sector organisation. The Innovation Agency is leading a consortium to organise the event, alongside Health Innovation Manchester and Yorkshire and Humber AHSN.

The deadline is 28 June and entry is online, with an awards event on 17 October at The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.



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, speakers include Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, former NHS medical director.

Digitising the system - Big Innovation Conversation webinar
12.30pm, 13 June

This webinar will explore Local Health Care Records Exemplars and two examples of Person Held Records and how they are an important part of the whole process. Speakers include Kevin Harwood, Exemplar Engagement Lead at NHS Improvement, hosted by our Associate Director of Digital Change, Jenni West.

Festival of Innovation 
21 June, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Our Coaching Academy team is providing a series of workshops to support NHS staff to be innovative during Alder Hey’s first Festival of Innovation. The day includes talks, expo areas, workshops and hands-on activities, focusing on engaging NHS staff during the day and looking to inspire the next generation during an early evening children and family event.

Care closer to home and point of care innovations – Eco 19
9 July, 9.30am-1pm, Location TBC

We will cover point-of-care testing, the diagnosis and tracking of patients; video consultations and how they can enable care to be delivered outside traditional clinical settings; and linking this all together via a Personal Health Record.

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 LOGO


How the ‘lonely ones’ can drive meaningful change
Liz Mear and Naomi Fulop

Podcasts and presentations

NHS recruitment EngageWell event

Speakers at our EngageWell event shared their experiences and successes in increasing NHS staff recruitment through video, press and social media campaigns.

Listen to podcasts and view presentations by:

  • Ian Hampton, Lead Campaign Manager at NHS England, about ‘We are the NHS’
  • Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Johannes Cronje of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, about a different approach to recruitment of consultants
  • Mike Baker, Associate Director of Communications at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, about ‘We are WUTH’.

Go to EngageWell past event resources page  LOGO


System change
Webinar recording

This webinar explored products and services that reduce the time spent in hospital; improve navigation of the urgent care system; reduce delayed transfers of care; and identify bed availability.

Listen now LOGO
Password: HfX63KsQ
Articles in this email:
Copyright © 2019 Innovation Agency, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.