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December / January 2017 

Dear colleague
Award winners! 

We were delighted to win a prestigious award for business support, at the Bionow Annual Awards. This is a fantastic tribute to our hard working Commercial Team, whose work is supported by ERDF funding and delivered with partners in Liverpool City Region; Warrington and Cheshire; and Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Mike Kenny, Associate Commercial Director, (centre) with the Bionow Business Support Award
To date the team has engaged with more than 500 businesses and provided bespoke support to 81 companies, leading to:
•             53 jobs safeguarded 
•             56 jobs created 
•             76 new products or services introduced 
•             £5.8m further investment leveraged
Read all about it here... 

Finally, I would like to wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas and a very successful 2018.

Yours, Liz

New – Innovations magazine

Our first issue of a new Innovations magazine is now available in print and online, with news about the latest innovations and initiatives available to the NHS.  If you would like hard copies, please email us

Learn how to use evidence to improve care

Health and social care staff are invited to apply for our Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Evidence Based Health and Care Services). 

The course aims to support a culture of innovation, improvement and transformation with a focus on data, data analytics and digital technologies. It is delivered by CETAD at Lancaster University and starts in February 2018, with a deadline for applications of 18 December. For more information, email

View a video of the course on Youtube.

Coaching academy opens in new year

An Innovation Agency Coaching Academy for Innovation and Improvement is to be launched in January. 

The aim is to improve culture, quality and safety in health and care services by developing a coaching approach that mobilises and supports people across systems.  Find out what’s on offer, on our website. Email us to register your interest

How we found 18 irregular pulses in one week

Our AF team and AF Ambassadors were out and about testing pulses during AF (atrial fibrillation) Awareness Week; they checked 303 people and referred 18 to their GPs for further investigation. Huge thanks to the six volunteer ambassadors, who used AliveCor Kardia and MyDiagnostick portable ECG devices.

If you’d like to become an AF Ambassador, email Debbie Parkinson, Patient and Public Involvement Manager.

E-TCP: Electronic transfer of care to pharmacies

Our roll out of systems which enable electronic transfers of care from hospitals to community pharmacies, is now live in three trusts – Countess of Chester; Cheshire and Wirral Partnership; and North West Boroughs Healthcare. Another three trusts go live in the next month, with a further six within 12 months across Cheshire and Merseyside.
The e-TCP project is funded by NHS England to allow hospital pharmacy teams to refer patients directly to their community pharmacist for informed post-discharge support with their medicines. It’s been shown that 0.8 bed days are saved for every electronic referral.
Find out more at:  

National winners

Congratulations to two HSJ Award winners from our region – Warrington CCG won the Compassionate Patient Care Award; and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust was Highly Commended in the Provider Trust of the Year category. Well done to all finalists for being shortlisted for these hotly contested awards.


New Innovation Accelerator Fellows

Congratulations to Liz Ashall-Payne of Orcha, and Dave Burrows of Damibu  who are among 11 selected to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator as Innovation Fellows.

ORCHA provides a health app finder platform for health organisations and individuals; and Damibu’s app CATCH - Common Approach To Children’s Health - provides targeted information to parents.
The Accelerator is run by NHS England in partnership with the AHSNs and accelerates the uptake of high impact products throughout the NHS.

Read more here.

Help build a digitally ready workforce

All NHS staff are invited to help shape plans for a digitally ready workforce – a key strategy for the NHS. An online survey is available until 13 December to ask how the Digitally Ready Workforce programme should prioritise and invest £6m over the next four years.
It is targeted at everyone who goes online in the NHS; nurses, allied health professionals, administrators – as well as those whose main role is handling information.

Register here:

The project is led by Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Digital.

GenerationQ – open to senior health leaders

An 18-month leadership development programme, GenerationQ, is open for applications from senior leaders in health and health care. Fully funded by the Health Foundation and accredited to Masters level, it provides participants with the chance to develop leadership skills alongside learning about the latest thinking in improvement methods and techniques.
The deadline is 10 January – more info here.

Access To Innovation Fund

The new Access to Innovation Fund supports people with early stage innovative ideas with the aim of enhancing patient care and supporting the NHS.
Successful applications must be through social enterprises and applications from profit making companies will not be considered. The call is for projects with a prototype or approach in need of bridging investment for development.

The deadline is 13 December 13:00 GMT; more details here.

Video: The importance of innovation in healthcare

 Dr Liz Mear describes the importance of innovation in healthcare, in a video shown as part of ‘The Innovative Medic’ project run by the Medical School at Leeds University.

This is part of a module which offers all year two and three medics a choice of enterprise-focussed projects which are different to their mainstream medical education.

Social media – share the power by Caroline Kenyon
- Using social media to improve healthcare

Partners’ blogs and reports:


  • Learning from Excellence: a Blog from Suzette Woodward about how her thinking was changed by an event organised by West Midlands AHSN’s Patient Safety Collaborative
  • What the Autumn Budget means for health and social care: a blog from the Kings Fund
  • Leveraging public procurement to grow the innovation economy: an independent review of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI):  a blog by David Connell

Innovation Agency events

Big Innovation Conversation - webinar
12.30pm 15 November

The topics for the next Big Innovation Conversation are:
  • Digital application: Electronic transfers of care in pharmacy (Hassan Argomandkhah, NHSE and chair of the Merseyside Local Pharmaceutical network)
  • How the successful implementation of eTCP was achieved at Countess of Chester Hospital - a case study (Dr Chris Green, Chief Pharmacist, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
 Register now.
Eco 14: Digital innovation in patient safety
13 December, Preston North End

Register now to find out about the latest innovations in patient safety.

Partner events

Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing Information Day
Liverpool 12 December

Learn about funding opportunities through Horizon 2020, at this event hosted by Innovate UK, the Enterprise Europe Network, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. 

UK Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine Network Annual Open Meeting
London 21 March 2018
Hear about the NHS strategy for personalised medicine; progress in diseases such as asthma, psoriasis, primary biliary cholangitis and the pharmacogenetics of serious adverse drug reactions.

Early bird discount until 31 December.
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