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February 2018 

Dear colleague
Birthdays are occasions to celebrate with friends – to show appreciation and share gifts, which is what we will be doing this spring as we celebrate our fifth year in operation – and the NHS’ 70th.

You are invited to join us as we showcase some of the best innovations transforming healthcare; and to accept our gift of free workshops and coaching in implementing change.
I guarantee you will be inspired – and challenged – by our Innovation Show and Museum of Failure Roadshow, and I hope to see you there.

Dr Liz Mear,
Chief Executive 

New – The Innovation Show!

We are staging a showcase of successes and failures with two major events this spring.
The Innovation Show will take place on 2 May at Aintree Racecourse, featuring innovations which are transforming health and care in the North West Coast and beyond, plus a great lineup of speakers.

Register here

Learning from Failure Roadshow 

From 30 April to 4 May in Aintree and Preston we are hosting the UK’s first visit by Sweden’s world renowned Museum of Failure in a week-long Learning from Failure Roadshow, which will include practical ‘how to’ workshops and presentations; more details here.

Trust awards sponsorship offer

We are offering sponsorship of staff innovation awards to support NHS trusts' annual awards events.

If you are organising staff awards and this offer hasn't reached you, please email  

Coaching Academy – apply now

There are just days left to apply for a fully funded place on our programme of coaching for innovation, spread and adoption, part of our new Coaching Academy. The deadline is 22 February and the course starts in April. More information here.

Sign up for social leadership

We have funded places for our partners to join an innovative Social Leadership programme led by Julian Stodd from Sea Salt Learning. Social leadership is a new and dynamic style of leadership based on reputation that is fit for the social age. Join a webinar at 2pm on 15 February to find out more by registering here

Apply here for a place on the programme.

Handheld ECG devices on offer

Could you use a portable device to detect atrial fibrillation? We have a supply of five different types of handheld ECGs, funded by NHS England to help prevent strokes. So far these have been distributed in our region to GPs, community health teams, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, housing associations and volunteer AF Ambassadors. More information here – or

NHS Digital director joins Innovation Agency

A director from NHS Digital has joined our team to lead on plans to create a digital health partnership across the North of England.

Dr David Hughes has taken up a secondment as Director of Strategic Partnerships, taking time out of his role as executive director of life sciences at NHS Digital.

Full story here.

Innovation Agency-backed company secures £500k

A Liverpool business which has been supported by the Innovation Agency has secured £500,000 investment for growth. 3D LifePrints UK Ltd produces 3D prints of body parts to help surgeons prepare for surgery and perform simulations, shortening theatre time and saving costs. Read more here.

Call bell winner at rehab hack

A two day hackathon organised in partnership with The Walton Centre resulted in creative ideas to help people with complex rehabilitation needs.

The winner was an alternative to a push button call bell for patients, using sensors and other technology, which will now be developed by The Walton Centre.

To find out how we support hackathons, visit our website.

Finalists in North West Coast awards

Congratulations to 37 innovative health teams and researchers who have been chosen as finalists in the prestigious North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2018.

They were selected from a record number of entries and the winners will be announced at an event in Preston on 8 March.

Full details here.

Companies invited to take consultation

The Office for Life Science’s Innovation Scorecard Technical Consultation, aimed at improving the data they publish on the uptake of medical technologies and diagnostic products, is now live and can be accessed via the online Consultation Platform

Kings Fund report and webinar video

If you missed the Kings Fund webinar about adoption and spread of innovations, watch the recording here. Speakers, including our CEO Dr Liz Mear, discussed the findings of a Kings Fund report into why some innovations fail to spread; and why others have succeeded.

You can also read the full report.

Partner news

Well North chairman Lord Andrew Mawson has written in The House magazine for Parliamentarians, about the need to find alternative ways to support people’s health. He writes: “Good health and mental wellbeing is not about employing an army of expensive mental health professionals – it is about rebuilding our communities.”
One of the ten Well North pathfinders is Well Halton, whose annual report describes creative community support such as the Sewing Rooms; and teaming up with Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club.

What does it take for innovations to spread?

Great learning from the Health Foundation and Innovation Unit:
Against the odds: Successfully scaling innovation in the NHS

Genomics in Medical Specialties

Three short films about the impact of genomics have been produced by Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme:  

Improving health by improving trials 

A CPD accredited course in running clinical trials from the North West Clinical Trials Collaborative, particularly aimed at those who are interested in becoming Chief Investigators, 24-28 September, Liverpool. 

Submit your ideas to HSRUK

A call has been made for abstracts and proposals for posters, presentations and sessions at the Health Services Research UK conference on 5-6 July in Nottingham.

Expert advisors needed by DoH

NHS colleagues are invited to apply for vacancies on the Department of Health’s Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances.

This is a Department of Health expert committee that advises the Secretary of State on the borderline substances (foodstuffs and cosmetic and cosmetic products) which are safe and suitable for NHS prescription in the community.

To find out more, email: 

Latest blogs and videos

‘Why the 70 year old NHS is raring to go’ by Dr Liz Mear
  • Sepsis innovation: Sarah Sandock describes how the Insight Time Band is being used to improve the treatment of sepsis in the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals.

Innovation Agency events

Eco 15: Digital connectivity in healthcare

28 February, 9.30-13:30 - Haydock Park Racecourse
Join us for our 15th Digital Ecosystem event where we will focus on digital connectivity in health care. It is part of our series of events to promote digital innovation in health and care, run in partnership with the ECH Alliance.
NIHR Roadshow for med tech SMEs
1 March, 9.30am – 15.30pm at Innovation Centre, Sci-Tech Daresbury
Hosted jointly with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for SMEs to find out about support and funding opportunities via the NIHR. 

Coaching Academy webinar

5 March - 14:00pm  
This webinar will introduce the Innovation Agency’s second Coaching Academy course, sponsored by the North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative: Coaching to create a culture for patient safety and improvement
Access to Funding business breakfast
16 March, 8:30am – 10:00am, Northwich Memorial Court, Northwich
Our popular healthcare sector business breakfasts offer the perfect opportunity to meet the right people, in the right place, at the right time!
Innovation Agency Knowledge session: Systems thinking
22 March, 2:00pm – 16.30pm at Holiday Inn, Haydock
The first in our new series of knowledge sessions will focus on systems thinking.
Systems thinking is part of the theory that underpins quality improvement. This session will explore systems thinking and how it can help us to diagnose and design better solutions to the types of problems we are grappling with in health and care.

Partner events 

NW University Fair

The NW University Fair takes place at Sci-Tech Daresbury on 21 March, at which technology companies can explore opportunities with ten NW universities to use their services, facilities and expertise.

From Liverpool Health Partners: 

An Introduction to Fetal Genomics - for clinicians referring and consenting women with high risk pregnancies
March 20,  10.00am – 15.00pm, Liverpool Science Park

Pathogen Genomics in Infectious Diseases – an introduction for clinicians,
14 May, 09:00am - 17:00pm  - Foresight Centre 
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