KSS AHSN Newsletter – 24 July 2014

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In this week’s edition:


Horizon scanning: where next for innovation?

In June, Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, reminded delegates at the NHS Confederation in Liverpool about why innovation, in whatever form it takes, is so important: it’s the ageing and growing population, contemporary lifestyles and more expansive and expensive treatments that put the “I” in Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP).

More recently, I was invited to speak at the Sussex Innovation Collaborative which took place a couple of weeks ago. I was really struck by the diversity of the innovation that’s taking place for local patients, and the passion of colleagues to make sure our communities are getting the very best care, services and treatment. Their ambitions are underpinned by a determination to innovate wherever needed and overcome whatever barriers lie between them and even better patient care. It’s passion we share here at KSS AHSN and see in colleagues right across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Part of the Sussex event was a panel session. One delegate asked “what innovations will make the biggest difference in 2014?” An interesting question and it generated a range of responses. One thing that does strike me as crucial to making significant difference is not just about the innovation itself, but what we do with it. Using our networks, meetings and learning events well is paramount. The answer to the question may well be that the innovation making the biggest difference will be the one we all, as a region-wide network, succeed in sharing through to widespread adoption. Until we’re doing that on a regular and systematic basis, many innovations will fail to realise their potential and their benefits simply won’t reach as many patients.


Surveying an even broader horizon, the Academy of Medical Sciences recently published the report from its FORUM’s annual lecture, ‘Horizon scanning: looking ahead to 2025’. The report summarises the presentations and ensuing debate on topics including: changes in the healthcare landscape and enhanced collaboration between sectors, new modes of developing drugs and devices, flexibility of the regulatory framework, opportunities offered by the use of data, the importance of addressing health behaviours, and the centrality of patients and the public.


The multi-sector FORUM panel  included:

  •  Sir Gordon Duff FRSE FMedSci, Chairman, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA);
  •  Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE, Chair, NHS England;
  •  Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell FRS FMedSci, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester; and
  •  Professor Patrick Vallance FMedSci, President, Pharmaceuticals R&D, GSK.

Their insight into the changing landscape and how that will drive the future of healthcare makes fascinating reading. And what might be even more fascinating would be to know what you think – please drop us a note with your vision of what you see on the innovation horizon in less than 200 words and we’ll publish the results here!

September 25 – primary care

One of the exciting events on our horizon is the King’s Fund conference “Realising the potential of primary care” on 25 September. The programme includes presenters from our patch, as well as ChenMed – I know many of you would like to know more about their approach to care of the elderly. If you’re interested in attending and saving money, please let us know and we’ll arrange a group booking. Please email janet.moore10@nhs.net if you’d like to be part of it. We’re also hosting a dinner discussion afterwards; again please let Janet know if you’d like to join us.

Kind regards,
Guy Boersma
Managing Director, KSS AHSN

The 2014 NHS Leadership Recognition Awards – nominations are now open!

The NHS Leadership Recognition Awards celebrate leaders at all levels and across all professions who have ultimately improved people’s health, the public’s experience of the NHS and those leaders who we are truly proud to work alongside.

Nominations are now open. For further information and details, please click here.

Funding Opportunity for Innovations to Improve Healthcare

The Health Foundation is looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care as part of its new Innovating for Improvement programme.

Successful bidders will receive up to £75,000 of funding, over 15 months, to support the implementation and evaluation of their health care innovation project. Please read the Call for applications on the Health Foundation website and for further information, visit: www.health.org.uk/innovatingimprovement

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 5 August 2014.

Opportunity to Get Involved in the Systems Leadership, Local Vision Programme

The Local Government Authority led, Systems Leadership Steering Group is looking for applications for the second round of Systems Leadership – Local Vision projects across the country. The projects bring people together from across the NHS, public health, local government, social care and other services, in order to create new ways of working on ‘wicked’ issues and achieve measurable improvements in health, care and wellbeing.

Read more here

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