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Dear colleague,

School is nearly out, but we’re still firing on all cylinders and we’ve got some great – free – innovation learning opportunities on offer, as you’ll see below.

With increased funding from our commissioners to support and spread innovation, we are increasing our services and offers across the region.  To support our expanding work you’ll see we have various job opportunities, on long fixed term or secondment basis. Do get in touch if you’d like to find out more.


Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

More than 22m patients benefit from AHSN input


A new AHSN Network Guide shows how more than 22 million patients have benefitted from the work of the Innovation Agency and its 14 partner Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Read it here.

The report highlights our collective achievements, including:

  • Over 22 million patients benefited from AHSN input
  • Over £330 million leveraged by AHSNs to improve health and support NHS, care and industry partners
  • Over 330 innovations introduced through AHSN influence
  • Over 500 jobs created
  • Hundreds of commercial innovators supported
  • Over 11,000 locations developing innovations supported by AHSNs.

AHSNs are ‘change catalysts’


NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens described AHSNs as the ‘change catalyst’ for the NHS when he addressed an AHSN Network reception at Confed18. “You know what needs to be done, you’ve got the fuel in the tank to get the job done for us and we are very optimistic that you stand a real chance of producing measurable impact,” he said. Full story here.

Using digital data to improve health - coaching


A six month programme from our Innovation Coaching Academy starting in November 2018 focusses on using data from digital technologies. It offers a structured environment with a trained coach, covering strategies, tools and techniques for the adoption and spread of innovations. It is suitable for professionals from health and care, third sector, academic, and public sector organisations in the North West Coast. The course is sponsored by Connected Health Cities. Apply here. Deadline for applications is 10 September.

Could you become a Q?


Applications are invited to join the Q community, which connects people with improvement expertise across the UK. Led by the Health Foundation and co-funded by NHS Improvement, it includes opportunities for shared learning, visits to places of interest for improvement and involvement in various special interest groups.  

Find out how to apply here.

Museum of Failure webinar


Join our next Big Innovation Conversation webinar, featuring the inspirational Dr Samuel West from Sweden's Museum of Failure. Delivered at lunchtime on 12 July, 12.30 to 1.30, the session will explore concepts around failure, how we learn from it and the psychological safety required for safe risk taking. Register here.

Testing time at the tennis


Our AF Ambassadors smashed it at the Williams BMW Liverpool International Tennis Tournament last month. 

They served up more than 150 pulse tests for tennis players and spectators, including Liverpool doubles duo Neal and Ken Skupsky and American retired professional tennis player Robert Kendrick. Read more here.

New AF resources


Check out our new atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention case studies, available to download from our website here.

SBRI funding for MSK and oral health


The latest funding competition from SBRI Healthcare is now open, with a focus on: Improving Outcomes in Musculoskeletal Disorders, including self-care and preventative interventions; effciencies in delivering care; and scaling up the use of regenerative medicine. Plus: Dentistry and Oral Health, including: improving oral health for children and young people; oral cancers, triage, diagnostics and patient outcomes. 

More information including news of a briefing event in London on 19 July, here.

Featuring in The Times


A page in a life sciences supplement of The Times features our work and that of some of our partners; read all about it here. This was produced to coincide with our health and care innovation showcase event launched by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram at the International Business Festival.

Job opportunities


We are growing! There are nine jobs out to advert, in our communications, patient safety, events, admin and public involvement teams. Deadlines vary between 5 and 10 July; find out more here or visit the Lancashire Care section of NHS Jobs.

Joining up trusts and pharmacies


The sixth trust in our region has signed up to a new electronic system for transfer of care post-discharge medication information. 

There have now been over 2,000 referrals in Cheshire and Merseyside using this system between hospitals and community pharmacies. This has resulted in reduced medication errors, improved patient safety and an estimated saving of over £1 million through reduced readmissions. The programme is part of a Transfer of Care Around Medicines initiative we are delivering in partnership with NHS England. More info here.

Free training in ESCAPE-Pain


We’re offering paid-for places in a workshop to train physiotherapists and fitness instructors as facilitators of a programme called Escape-pain. The programme helps people understand their condition, manage joint pain, avoid unnecessary visits to primary care and hospital. The programme is endorsed by NICE and backed by all AHSNs. Find out more here.

Funded MSc in patient safety


We are offering to support one student in our region to undertake full or part-time a Masters course with a clear focus on patient safety, starting in 2018. Full criteria and information on how to apply, here.

Search for new Innovation Fellows


Your help is needed in identifying themes on which the NHS Innovation Accelerator will base its selection of a further 12 Fellows – individuals with innovations that have an evidence base and are being used in the NHS.

Please review and rank a long list of potential themes for innovation via this survey by 10am on 9 July.



Take a look at our new Innovation Show video playlist – featuring short interviews with keynote speakers; a look at the amazing Museum of Failure; and a round-up of the day, which attracted more than 300 delegates to Aintree Racecourse.

Community wellbeing practices in Halton


Residents in Halton are benefitting from an integrated approach to community centred wellbeing. Providers and commissioners are working with social enterprise Wellbeing Enterprises to provide support through community wellbeing practices. New case study here.

The Life Rooms – a partnership success story


Read this great blog by Jane Holland of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust about the success of Life Rooms – a beautiful, former library converted to a facility for service users, carers and the local community, which was supported by the Innovation Agency.

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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