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Dear colleague

Our region has hosted several major events focussed on innovation in the last month; EPIC in Preston, organised by Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria; Warrington and Halton’s Innovation Hub Launch; Alder Hey’s first Festival of Innovation; and this week, the tenth iLinks conference, plus a @Digit@ll hackathon, run by Informatics Merseyside and Alder Hey. 

The power of these events should not be underestimated; we have seen many new relationships and partnerships start following presentations, pitches and round-tables; at one of our Eco events a conversation in the queue for coffee led to a new international collaboration!

We are proud to be sponsoring, speaking at or helping organise these important events for the region and I look forward to seeing the fruits of the knowledge sharing and new networks benefit our population. 


Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

Products available to NHS for free
through ITP

NHS providers and commissioners can receive certain specified innovations at zero cost or be reimbursed via NHS England, via the NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP).

A total of 13 products are covered by the ITP and its precursor, Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT). The aim is to remove barriers, including financial negotiations, to the spread and adoption of innovative products or technologies such as medical devices, digital platforms and technologies. 

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Inovus adds VR to surgical training


Merseyside-based Inovus Medical has worked with the Virtual Engineering Centre in Daresbury to bring virtual reality into their medical training devices.
Inovus has been supported by the Innovation Agency to secure funding and its latest product provides training in a VR operating theatre, using a high-resolution video stream with feedback from a surgical simulator. 

Read more here 

Imaging tech shows the bigger picture

Patients in Liverpool and Blackpool are benefitting from an innovative piece of software that produces a 3D image of the heart.

HeartFlow uses information provided by a CT scan to develop a computerised model of a patient’s coronary arteries. It is non-invasive and can calculate to what extent blockages in the arteries restrict flow. 

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Read about the Innovators

A new magazine from the AHSN Network tells stories about successful innovators and provides insights from perspectives across the NHS, Government, industry, academia and patients.  

‘The Innovators’ includes spotlights on ORCHA and Inovus Medical, two of our North West Coast businesses. 

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AHSN Network chair to lead NHSA

Congratulations to the chair of the AHSN Network, Dr Séamus O’Neill, who is moving on to take up the position of chief executive of the Northern Health Science Alliance, from August. The new AHSN Network chair is Piers Ricketts, who is chief executive of Eastern AHSN. 

New guide to cross-sector working

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the AHSN Network have published a new guide to cross-sector working between Sustainable Transformation Partnerships, Integrated Care Systems, and industry. The guide recommends governance and processes to help make collaboration more straightforward.

Read more here 

Funding opens for small businesses


A new round of funding is on offer through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare. Funded by NHS England, SBRI Healthcare aims to develop innovative products that address unmet needs, and the focus of this latest round of funding is on cardiovascular disease and integrated care and social care. 

Full story here 

Coaching Academy celebrates culmination of two programmes

Hear from participants in our two main coaching programmes which completed recently; Coaching for a Safer and Continuously Improving Workplace Culture; and Coaching for Spread and Adoption.
View short videos here:

Coaching for Culture 

Coaching for Spread and Adoption 

Lancs firefighters helping to prevent strokes

Lancashire firefighters are testing the pulses of vulnerable residents as a trailblazing partnership spreads though Lancashire.

Community fire safety advisors in Chorley, Bamber Bridge and Leyland are testing pulses during Home Safety Checks to screen for atrial fibrillation and prevent strokes. It follows similar work by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, part of the Innovation Agency’s mission to prevent strokes.

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Our offer to health and social care

Don’t forget to check out our easy-read guide to how we support organisations and systems in the North West Coast. ‘Our offer to health and social care’ describes how we curate relevant products and match them with local needs; and provide tailored support to teams involved in service redesign. Download it here or request hard copies by emailing


3 July, Aintree Racecourse
This is a hackathon organised by Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the Innovation Agency, and will showcase the results and learning from previous events including last year's GDE Hackathon and Sensorthon, and this year’s Share2Care Connectathon. The outcomes of the day will be shared at iLINKS X on the following day.

iLinks X
4 July, Aintree Racecourse

NHSE/I Chief Information Officer Will Smart is the keynote speaker at this annual conference and exhibition showcasing innovation and technology. Organised by NHS Informatics Merseyside, this year’s event promises to be extra special, celebrating its 10th anniversary. 

Care closer to home and point of care innovations – Eco 19
9 July, 9.30am-1pm, Deepdale stadium, Preston 

Our next Eco event will cover point-of-care testing, the diagnosis and tracking of patients; video consultations and how they can enable care to be delivered outside traditional clinical settings; and linking this all together via Personal Health Records.

Health sector business breakfast: Health and smartphones
10 July, 8.30-10am, Northwich Memorial Court, CW9 5QJ

Speakers from businesses, local authorities and the NHS will identify potential benefits and opportunities in using smartphones to provide efficient and effective healthcare. 


Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019
4-5 September, Manchester Central

This is the biggest event of the year for those involved in health and care innovation and the AHSNs will be hosting a large networking space and involved in a number of sessions.

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Registration is free to NHS staff using the code: EXPO19



Care closer to home
11 July, 12.30pm

This Big Innovation Conversation webinar will focus on providing health and social care in the community for people with complex needs. It will explore how existing services can be provided more efficiently and effectively. 


Digitising the system

Hosted by our Associate Director of Digital Change, Jenni West, our latest Big Innovation Conversation explored Local Health Care Records Exemplars (LHCREs) and discussed examples of Person Held Records and how they support the process of digitisation.

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