National dementia challenge funding awarded

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It’s great to have good news to report to kick off 2013.

Our Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) bid to the national Dementia Challenge has been successful. We’ve been awarded £500,000 to allocate grants to support the successful adoption of existing dementia products and services. Grants will be made by the end of March.

The project will also provide valuable learning for the AHSN about working effectively with industry.

For further information, please contact Rob Berry.

Scoping joint technology procurement

We are also initiating a scoping exercise this week. It’s  come about as a result of interest amongst our members in joint working to learn lessons from others and avoid duplication.

The AHSN tested support for greater collaboration amongst local acute trusts currently exploring the benefits of using technology to monitor and identify patients whose health is deteriorating. Positive responses from three NHS trusts (one in each of Kent, Surrey and Sussex) has led to us starting to scope the potential benefits of a collaborative procurement.


I hope these two projects signal to you, our members, that the AHSN is making tangible progress in line with our commitment to address local priorities and  ensure we add value and make a difference straight away.

With best wishes for 2013. I look forward to working together with you.

Guy Boersma

Managing Director (interim)

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Network

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