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March 2018 

Dear colleague

It was a great pleasure to jointly host the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards with our partners at NIHR CLAHRC NWC and NIHR CRN NWC. Judging was extremely difficult as we had more entries than ever and the quality of applications was very high. It was fantastic to see research and innovation across the North West Coast making a difference to the care and lives of our population.
You can find out more about the award winners here.

Plans are now well under way for our Innovation Show on 2 May at Aintree Racecourse.
In addition to the apps, gadgets, virtual reality and robots to be shown on the day, we have a line-up of stellar speakers and the first UK visit by Sweden’s Museum of Failure.
This is a must-attend for anyone with an interest in introducing innovations or supporting a culture of change and improvement in health and care services in the North West Coast. I hope to see you there.

Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive 

Gold for the Innovation Agency

We were delighted to be reaccredited with the Investors in People Gold Award.
Lauren Peate, Juliette Kumar and Dr Liz Mear 

Investors in People Assessor Allyson Barton said:
“Key strengths of note include outstanding, inspirational leadership; an exceptionally supportive and innovative values-based culture; a superb, well embedded and sophisticated approach to knowledge sharing through effective teamwork and collaboration across all areas to drive innovation.”
Read more here

Coaching to create a culture for patient safety and improvement

*Closing date for applications is 4pm, 22 March.*
This nine-month programme, sponsored by the North West Patient Safety Collaborative, provides coach training for leaders to work with their own teams to develop a safe and continuously improving culture.
For more information and to apply, please click here

Learning from Failure Roadshow - workshops announced 

We are excited to announce the workshops for our Learning from Failure Roadshow, a week-long event bringing Sweden's Museum of Failure to the North West Coast for its first ever UK visit.
The roadshow will be at Aintree Racecourse on Tuesday 1 May, Wednesday 2 May (as part of the Innovation Show), and Thursday 3 and Friday 4 May at the University of Central Lancashire.
Sessions will focus on:
  • Learning from failure
  • Psychological safety
  • Systems of learning and understanding failure in organisations
  • No-blame culture and leadership
  • Failure as an inevitable step in innovation, improvement and transformation
Find out more and book your sessions here

Liz Mear named as top health tech pioneer

Innovation Agency Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear has been named as one of the country’s top 51 health tech pioneers.

Liz was listed by national technology magazine BusinessCloud, alongside successful entrepreneurs and cutting edge companies.

Read more here

Transforming Healthcare - Everybody's Business

26 June, 9:00-16:30, Arena and Conference Centre Liverpool
Please join us at an exciting event within the Health and Life Sciences day of the International Business Festival 2018.

Our speakers include the Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram and Head of Technology Strategy, NHS England, Paul Rice.

Find out more and register your place here

Cheshire & Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership Vanguard survey

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are evaluating the Cheshire and Merseyside Women's and Children's Services Partnership to look at key successes and areas of learning to provide recommendations for both the Partnership and other areas of England seeking to adopt similar new models of care.
The staff survey is for all clinical and non-clinical staff working in the partnership
The public survey is for anyone living in Cheshire and Merseyside
If you would like to know more or have any questions, please email:

City Moves

Watch a short video about CityMoves, an eight week connected health challenge across the North of England, supported by Connected Health Cities.

Over 1900 members of the public participated, to help answer a research question: does increasing your step count reduce your resting heart rate?

Falls, fractures and frailty – report showcases AHSN innovations

A new guide compiled by Oxford AHSN showcases the extensive range of programmes delivered by the AHSNs to improve clinical services in the areas of musculoskeletal (MSK), falls, fractures and frailty - all major priorities for the NHS.

This report by Public Health England looks at MSK health and makes the case for action to support healthy productive later life.

Spotting the signs of sepsis

Health Innovation Network (AHSN for South London) has co-designed a series of films ‘Spotting the Signs of Sepsis’ for parents of children under five, to help faster identification and treatment.

Read the case study on the AHSN Network Atlas

South West’s route map to creating an Accountable Care Environment

Many STPs are thinking about steps towards creating ‘Accountable Care Environments’ and South West AHSN has partnered with Devon STP to produce a route map looking at different options for commissioning in the future.
This will be shared with the 44 STPs in England to provide a structured approach to determine the best solution locally. It can be found here.

Patient Safety Congress poster competition

Colleagues are encouraged to submit posters to Patient Safety Congress which takes place between 9 and 10 July in Manchester. The event is supported by the Patient Safety Collaborative and the template can be downloaded and submitted here, before 20 April.

National data opt-out  

A new national data opt-out will be introduced from March to give patients a clear choice on how their personally identifiable data is used for purposes beyond their individual care. The changes are detailed in ‘Your Data, Better Security, Better Choice, Better Care’ – the Government’s response to the National Data Guardian ‘Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs’. 

Visit the NHS Digital website or subscribe to the newsletter

LHP Director role

Applications are invited for the role of Director of Research Programmes at Liverpool Health Partners.

The deadline is end of April and interested applicants are invited to make informal enquiries to
Dr Neil Goodwin, Chair of LHP, or 
Rosalind Way, Director of Operations,

Realising the paperless revolution: How rostering in the NHS went digital

A report from the Workforce Deployment Expert Group chaired by Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, supported by Allocate Software:


Videos, podcasts and presentations 

Ecosystem 15: Digital connectivity in healthcare

To recap on our Eco 15 event about digital connectivity, view our Twitter Storify here, plus short video interviews with: You can view the slides from the event here.

Audio podcasts of the presentations are available via iTunes.
New interviews about Connected Health Cities:

Happy 70th Birthday NHS

Our Deputy Chair Bruce Ash has his own reasons to celebrate, find out why here.

Innovation Agency events

Procurement - Lancashire SME workshop
22 March, 18:00 - 20:30, MacDonald Tickled Trout Hotel, Preston

This workshop will show businesses how to navigate the NHS landscape and it includes a best practice session on how to streamline the process.

For further information, please contact:
Presenting and Pitching with Confidence workshop
10 April, 18:00 - 20:00, Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool

This is for businesses to learn how to engage and pitch to clinicians and commissioners.

For further information, please contact:
Safety Culture event
15 May, 09:00 – 16:30, Haydock Park Racecourse
Safety culture is part of organisation culture, and has been described by the phrase "the way we do things around here".
This interactive event is to provide the opportunity for all to celebrate, learn and share the good practices that are taking place locally and nationally.

Partner events 
Social prescribing - call for abstracts

The first International Social Prescribing Network Research Conference takes place on 14 June at the University of Salford and there is a call for abstracts for a presentation or poster, by 6 April. 
The theme is: ‘The challenges and opportunities for research in social prescribing’ and the address for submissions is:

Health and Care Innovation Expo

Registrations are open for Health and Care Innovation Expo on 5 and 6 September at Manchester Central.
As in previous years, complimentary tickets are available to NHS, local government and wider public sector staff.

You can register using ticket code EXPO18. If the details you supplied last year are still the same then registering should be straightforward.
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