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April / May 2018 

Dear colleague
We are in the great position of offering you four innovations for free, which will improve care and save money. This is through NHS England’s Innovation and Technology Payment – do read below to find out more.
Our Innovation Show happens in the first week of May and we’re excited about the top flight speakers and fantastic products being showcased – including an immersive, interactive therapy room!
Visitors will hear from inspirational leaders including Dr Samantha Roberts, Director of Innovation and Life Sciences at NHS England; Dr Matt Kearney, NHS England National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease; and Museum of Failure founder Samuel West.

There are more than 300 people registered and not many places left so do register soon if you’d like to join us.

Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive 

Welcome to East Lancashire Hospitals

It is a pleasure to welcome East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust into the Innovation Agency family. They are now an official member of our partnership, having been part of the Greater Manchester AHSN - Health Innovation Manchester - for the last five years.
Trust Chief Executive Kevin McGee said: “We are really pleased to become an official member of the Innovation Agency network. We are dedicated to providing safe, personal and effective care to our patients so our involvement with the network is an obvious connection to make. We are looking forward to giving back as much as we get out of this relationship.”

Free innovations on offer

Four innovations are being fast-tracked into use with pump priming by NHS England and support from the Innovation Agency and the AHSN Network.

Staff nurse Emma Lager and HCA Martha Kigs, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals’ A&E department

They are: HeartFlow - Advanced image analysis software to rapidly diagnose patients with suspected coronary artery disease; Plus Sutures – A new type of antimicrobial surgical suture that reduces the rate of surgery-linked infections such as MRSA; Endocuff Vision – A new type of ‘bowel scope’ that improves colorectal examination; and SecurAcath – A device to secure catheters that reduces the infection risk for patients with a peripherally inserted central catheter.  

Read more here...

Volunteers preventing strokes in Lancashire

Our team of volunteer AF Ambassadors has grown, with new recruits in Lancashire now helping to spot friends and colleagues with atrial fibrillation, which can lead to a stroke. They include staff from Johnson Johnson Housing Association and Royal Mail and they will be using AliveCor Kardia devices to detect an irregular heart rhythm.
Read more here...

Digital exemplar bid

A joint ‘Share2Care’ bid has been submitted to NHS England from Cheshire and Merseyside and Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnerships, supported by the Innovation Agency.
The bid is part of NHS England’s Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHACRE) scheme. Nationally, a number of geographical areas have been invited to bid as part of the process, which will attract capital investment of up to £7.5m over two years.

The ‘Share2Care’ bid is seeking funding across the combined population of 4.2 million, to accelerate the use of technology in health and social care.
Being invited to bid is a reflection of the excellent work delivered in this area over the last 5-10 years and is testimony to the hard work of all involved to date. A new Twitter account has been set up to promote the joint programme; please follow @Share2Care_S2C.

Data saves lives - animation

A new animation, ‘Data saves lives’ has been produced by Connected Health Cities in partnership with The Farr Institute.  Please share on your own social media accounts to promote the benefits of shared data. 

Introducing ESCAPE-pain

An award winning NICE and QIPP endorsed programme which helps people to manage arthritic joint pain and postpone the need for surgery is being introduced in the North West Coast through the Innovation Agency. 

ESCAPE-pain is a six-week rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates simple education, self-management and coping strategies, with a personalised exercise regime.  It leads to improvements in physical function and quality of life – and reduced healthcare costs.
A free one-day training programme funded by the Innovation Agency to deliver ESCAPE-pain is available to physiotherapists and exercise instructors.

Video appointments on offer at Whiston Hospital

Video consultations instead of outpatient appointments are being offered to burns and plastic surgery patients and patients due for a stroke review, thanks to support from the Innovation Agency’s Transformation for Innovation Fund.

The system is being trialled by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Read more here…

NHS Innovation Accelerator

More than 1,200 NHS sites are now using innovations developed through the NHS Innovation Accelerator. The Accelerator shares the real-world insight, learning and experiences of NHS Innovation Fellows. There are now 36 Fellows, including two from the North West Coast.

Sign up here for a quarterly newsletter for case studies, podcasts, blogs and top tips from the NIA Fellows and Mentors.  

Opportunity for Funded Masters (MSc) in Patient Safety

The National Patient Safety Collaborative intends to leave a legacy in academic rigour, and continuing to build capability to address quality and safety challenges.

The Innovation Agency is offering to fund an MSc full or part-time that has a clear patient safety focus.

Read here for further information on who should apply...

New offices 

We have opened offices in two other parts of our region to bring us closer to our partners. We now have a base in Preston Business Centre, alongside the Strategic Clinical Network; and we have taken up residence in the smart new Accelerator building, part of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital campus where we are under the same roof as innovative small businesses and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. 

We are still in Sci Tech Daresbury so we now have roots across the North West Coast!

We are expanding – and hiring!

Our portfolio of work to spread innovations and provide support with implementation and quality improvement is expanding.

There are new roles now advertised on NHS Jobs through our host trust Lancashire Care, in several teams – Commercial, Transformation, Improvement and Education, and Admin.

View all posts here...

Innovations magazine

Our summer edition of the Innovations magazine is out now, with features including four nationally funded innovations; photos of winners at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards; and a self-care app being used in the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Vanguard.

Read it here…

Annual Report 2017/18

We have recently published our Annual Report for 2017/18.
Along with our summary of achievements from the year, it also includes a selection of highlights from the first five years of the AHSN.

New website

Please look around our new website, where we hope you will enjoy a more interactive experience and improved navigation to our wide range of multimedia resources:

Videos, podcasts and blogs


Listen to presentations from our Ecosystem digital health events.

Well Halton - Creating a culture of innovation within local communities What does innovation look like when the resource is people rather than technology? Read more from Chris Carlin of the award winning Well Halton
You never walk alone… in health innovation
Ellen Vanhoof, co-ordinator of the Kempen Health and Care Network and colleagues from around Europe took home more than souvenirs from their trip to Liverpool when they met our Innovation Scouts.

Innovation Agency events

Learning from Failure Roadshow
30 April – 4 May 
Aintree Racecourse and University of Central Lancashire
Featuring Sweden’s Museum of Failure; and workshops. 
Innovation Show
2 May Aintree Racecourse
This showcase of health innovations will mark our fifth birthday – and the 70th birthday of the NHS.

It offers around 60 exhibitors plus a great lineup of speakers. The Museum of Failure will also be in the Show, as part of a roadshow we are hosting in partnership with AQuA, Health Education England and the North West Leadership Academy.

Big Innovation Conversation – ESCAPE-pain
10 May, 12:30-1:30pm
Our next Big Innovation Conversation webinar is about ESCAPE-pain, presented by Professor Mike Hurley who developed the programme. 
Big Innovation Conversation – E-sepsis and NEWS2
12 June, 12.30pm -1:30pm
This webinar will be presented by Dr Emmanuel Nsutebu, Consultant Infectious Diseases, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust. 
Safety Culture event
15 May, 9:00am – 4:30pm Haydock Park Racecourse
This is an interactive event to learn about best practice in creating a culture which enables quality improvement and patient safety. We will explore the good practices that are taking place locally and nationally.
Transforming Healthcare - Everybody's Business
26 June, 9:00am- 4:30pm Arena and Conference Centre Liverpool
We are hosting our own event within the Health and Life Sciences day of the exciting International Business Festival 2018. Our speakers include Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram and Head of Technology Strategy at NHS England, Paul Rice.

Innovations in health and care: Overcoming the barriers to spread and adoption
26 June The King’s Fund, London
This event is sponsored by the AHSN Network and follows the publication of The King’s Fund report, ‘Adoption and spread of innovation in the NHS.’

Innovation in atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention
27 June, 9:00am – 12:30pm Haydock Race Course
We will showcase initiatives, service developments, technologies and innovations which we have developed in the North West Coast. We will share our ongoing work with partners, spreading and adopting innovations and future plans.

Partner events 

Healthcare Hackathon

5 and 6 June, Manchester 
Taking place at Novartis UK’s annual conference, this is a full two-day event where clinicians, software engineers, designers and entrepreneurs will work together in small teams to identify common clinical issues and devise smart solutions to address these.

The winning team will receive a significant seed investment prize and will pitch during the closing session of the conference.

Harnessing Digital: Health and Care
7 June, thestudio, Birmingham
Our own Dr Liz Mear and Alan Davies are both speaking at this major event, as are: Dr Indra Joshi, Digital Experience Programme Lead at NHS England; Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer at NHS England Dr Harpreet Sood; and Prof Daniel Ray, Director of Digital at NHS Digital.

NHS Confed annual conference
13-14 June, Manchester Central
The NHS Confederation’s annual conference and exhibition will concentrate on workforce, reform and the 70th birthday of the NHS.

Living Well and Supporting our Mental Health: Exploring Digital Opportunities

Wednesday 16 May, 10:00am-4:00pm; Lancashire venue tbc
Organised by Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria and supported by the Innovation Agency, this event will explore the wide range of proven digital solutions that can support patients, families, carers and services to prevent mental ill health and promote positive mental wellbeing in local communities

Health and Care Innovation Expo

5 and 6 September at Manchester Central
This is the biggest and best national health and care innovation event of the year and a must-attend for colleagues interested in innovation. Complimentary tickets are available to NHS, local government and wider public sector staff. You can register using ticket code EXPO18.
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