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This is the Year of the Environment and what a great way to mark the year with the Government’s announcement of support for social prescribing – a way of directing people towards healthy activities, many of them outdoors.

There will be 1,000 link workers employed in GP practices across the country, to connect more people with ways to help their wellbeing, largely provided by community and voluntary groups.

On the theme of primary care, congratulations to Liverpool SME Damibu for winning the Primary Care Award at the Medilink North of England Awards 2019. Their app CATCH is an example of a self-care tool for parents of young children, which we have supported to spread in the region.  


Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

Supporting the Year of the Environment

In partnership with Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment, we held an event focused on how to help people use the natural environment for their wellbeing. Led by our Chair Gideon Ben-Tovim who also chairs Nature Connected and is the advisor on the natural environment to Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, it featured fantastic speakers including Dr William Bird of Intelligent Health, Everton GP Dr Simon Abrams, environmentalists, Defra, academics and health experts. Find the podcasts here and view a short video here.

Medilink Primary Care Award for Damibu

Congratulations to Liverpool company Damibu for winning the Medilink North of England Partnership with the NHS: Primary Care Award, for their success with the self care app CATCH. Our commercial team has helped Damibu to spread the app in our region and we have supported their membership of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme. The Innovation Agency and Health Innovation Manchester were sponsors of Medilink – but not judges of this category.


National coalition to tackle cardio vascular diseases 

We are part of a new coalition led by Public Health England and NHS England to improve the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
By 2029 the aims are to detect and treat millions more people currently undiagnosed with high blood pressure; ensure three quarters of 40 to 74 year olds receive a formal CVD risk check and have cholesterol levels recorded; and increase from 35 to 45 per cent the proportion of 40 to 74 year olds at high risk of developing CVD who are treated with statins.
Over the last five years the Innovation Agency has prevented more than 500 strokes by identifying people at risk. We have provided more than 600 mobile ECG devices to health professionals and volunteers in the North West Coast to carry out screening for an irregular heart rhythm; and worked with more than 100 GP practices to help identify people at risk of stroke and manage treatments. Full story here.


NEWS2 resource pack 

Our Patient Safety Collaborative has a focus on early recognition of deterioration and our team has been supporting trusts to adopt NEWS2.
A new resource pack has been produced by NHS Improvement, NHS England, Health Education England and the Royal College of Physicians, providing examples of where it has been implemented, including a number developed by AHSNs.

The NEWS2 resource pack is available here; and a webinar about the Suspicion of Sepsis dashboard will be held on 14 March, register here.


New code of conduct ‘will build trust in use of health data’

A new code of conduct has been launched to enable the development and adoption of safe, ethical and effective data-driven health and care technologies.
The ‘Code of conduct for data-driven health and care technology’ recognises that a combination of new digital technologies and data-sharing across the NHS has the potential to improve diagnosis, treatment, experience of care, efficiency of the system and overall outcomes across the health and care system.
The need for a code was highlighted in the AHSN Network report Accelerating AI in health and care and its development was welcomed by our Director of Digital Strategy Alan Davies as ‘fundamental’ to build public support for sharing data. Read more here.


HEAT Awards

Health Education England’s HEAT (healthcare education and training) Awards are aimed at individuals and teams who should be recognised for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the NHS in these fields. The closing date for nominations is 5 April, apply here.


Coaching in patient safety and improvement culture

Only days left to apply for our next learning programme: Coaching for a Safe and Continuously Improving Workplace Culture. Sponsored by the North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative, this twelve month programme addresses organisational and team culture and the relationship to patient safety and improvement. 
We particularly welcome applications from teams working on Maternity-Neonatal; Medicines Safety; and Deterioration issues, to collaborate in a focussed community of practice.

Read more and apply here by 1 March.


Richard Tompkins Scholarship

Applications are invited from nurses, midwives and health visitors for the Richard Tompkins Scholarship, provided by the Centre for Nursing Innovation.
This offers a school from 22 to 26 July to explore workplace culture; mentorship; and an alumni scheme.  Apply here by 27 March.


World Healthcare Congress Europe

5-7 March
The Innovation Agency and Health Innovation Manchester will be leading two innovator sessions at this Manchester event - the entrepreneur SLAM and Innovator Connect. Find out more here and if you can’t attend in person, follow the hashtag on Twitter: #WHCE2019

Innovation in workforce – webinar

14 March
Our next Big Innovation Conversation webinar will focus on the work we are doing to support innovation in workforce development. It will also include examples of digital tools that help close the workforce gap. It will be hosted our Director of Transformation, Carole Spencer.
Register here.

Eco 18: Workforce challenges
27 March, Haydock Racecourse
At our next Ecosystem event we will learn about digital innovations to address the serious workforce challenges facing the NHS and social care. Register here.

Excel in health – business workshops

Three Excel in health workshops will be held by the Innovation Agency in partnership with Health Innovation Manchester to support businesses in Cheshire. They take place on: 26 February, 12 and 26 March. More info here. 


Podcasts and videos from Environment, health and wellbeing event


Listen to podcasts of presentations on our Audioboom channel, here. Event overview video and short video interviews with speakers playlist here.

Dr William Bird MBE of Intelligent Health
Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE, Innovation Agency Chair
Kate Hall-Wright, Policy Adviser, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Andrew Darron, Chief Executive, Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside
Professor Zoe Knowles, Professor of Engagement & Learning, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
Paul Nolan, Director, The Mersey Forest Team
Dr Simon Abrams,Principal GP, Everton
Jo Ward, North West Social Prescribing Network Co-Chair
Dr Sarah Plumb, Research Associate, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester
Craig Lister, Green Gym Managing Director, The Conservation Volunteers
Clare Mahoney, Senior Transformation Manager, Social Model of Health, Liverpool CCG
Steve Gowland, Public Health Lead (Wellness & Mental Health), Sefton Council
Sarah Holden, Head of Public Health Services, St Helens
and Dave Sweeney, Executive Implementation Lead, Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership.


Short videos

Environment, health and wellbeing event overview and short interviews with speakers; full playlist here.

Children race mini Tesla cars around Alder Hey – view this amazing short video here

Wallace & Gromit treatment for COPD stories

Patients have been sharing their experiences of living with and treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) as part of a new video from Aardman, the creators of Wallace and Gromit; and Health Innovation Manchester. Read more here.

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