KSS AHSN newsletter – 19 July 2013

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Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network


Gatwick lift off

Last week we held our first large scale event. Over 140 delegates took park in the network’s inaugural Partnership Day at the Hilton in Gatwick.

Senior leaders from industry, academia and health and social care discussed how the network could deliver most benefits to members and people in Kent Surrey and Sussex, and agreed areas for immediate and longer term priorities.

We had some really positive feedback from the day.

66% of attendees said they would be interested in participating in our pool of advisors. Strengthening collaboration between innovators, academics and clinicians is crucial. Providing access to a team willing to share their knowledge and expertise will  improve access for innovators to clinical, research and commercial expertise and accelerate the progress of new initiatives and products.

A strong majority agreed that Dementia and Avoidable Emergency Admissions are important themes for the AHSN, and saw these as areas for the AHSN to add value.

The stats of course never tell the whole story. What really struck me was the level of engagement in the room. The willingness to make it work – to improve outcomes for patients and drive economic growth.

I hope that this means the KSS AHSN story, which we shared with delegates, hit the right notes and is one that we can all be part of. We’ll publish it widely later this summer, but in the meantime I’d like to share it with you now. It describes why we’re here, where we’re going and what will happen as a result.

Thank you to everyone who got involved, we look forward to the future sessions

Kind regards

Guy Boersma

Managing Director


See ‘Substantial’ decline in rate of dementia over past two decadesClick here

Call for further engagement with medical research welcomed by BMA

Medical research should be at the heart of being a doctor and at the core of the NHS, doctor leaders have said.

They also urged the government to continue its public funding.

The BMA welcomed a report by the AMRC (Association of Medical Research Charities), which stressed the importance of the NHS engaging with medical research.


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