KSS AHSN Newsletter – 23 October 2014

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In this week’s edition

Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN Expo and Awards 2015

Award submissions now open

Submissions are now open for the Kent Surrey Sussex Service Improvement and Innovation Awards 2015. The deadline for submissions is approaching fast – there are just three weeks to go!

Note that submissions are due by 5pm, Friday 14th November 2014.

Awards will be presented at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Service Improvement and Innovation EXPO and Awards event on Tuesday 13th January at the Lancaster London Hotel, London. Your organisation will have received an allocation of complimentary tickets for this event and shortlisted teams will be allocated additional tickets. If your organisation has not received an invitation or you would like further information then please contact: andrewhobson@nhs.net.

There are a range of award categories designed to recognise the clinical teams, provider organisations, businesses and local innovators who are leading the way in delivering sustained improvements in patient care.

Please visit our website to find out more about the different award categories available, and details of how to enter.

Please click here to enter. We look forward to receiving your submission!

Kind regards,
Guy Boersma
Managing Director, KSS AHSN

Invitation to whole system modelling event

System Modelling is a powerful method for testing, understanding the implications of and building consensus around proposed service configurations and care pathway changes.

KSS AHSN is keen to promote the wider use of System Modelling and is holding a one-day event on 6 November 2014 at the Gatwick Holiday Inn. Key features include:


  • To demonstrate how System Modelling can be used to test and enable healthcare improvement
  • To identify how System Modelling can improve services for older people in KSS
  • To stimulate interest and connect users and suppliers with an interest in using System Modelling in KSS.


  • Connections made, knowledge exchanged, interest developed
  • Users and suppliers with a better understanding of each other and the potential for System Modelling in improving services for older people in KSS
  • Candidates identified for KSS AHSN joint project(s).


  • Users: NHS, Public Health, Social Care and Local Authority staff involved in service improvement and commissioning.
  • Suppliers: Industry, academics and NHS organisations experienced in providing System Modelling software and expertise.

There are slots for Case Study presentations and slots for demonstrations. Please contact Gill Potts if you are currently active in modelling and are interested in presenting or demonstrating your work / product.

Attendance will be free to AHSN members and presenters and £75 per delegate for others. Please contact: janet.moore10@nhs.net to register and Gill Potts for further information.

NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Summit & Awards

[NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Collaborative]

The NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Collaborative invite you to their 2014 Leadership Summit & Awards on 27th November 2014 at The River Centre in Tonbridge, Kent.

This year the summit explores the topic of Patient Leadership and the Collaborative invite you to join in a conversation about the role of patients, carers, lay members and the public in the design and delivery of excellent services and quality care. There are a number of dynamic plenary and breakout sessions which will give you practical advice and share best practice, as well as the opportunity to network and shape our community of Patient Leaders in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

As part of the day the Collaborative will recognise the best in NHS leadership at the 2014 Leadership Recognition Awards ceremony. The Collaborative hope you will be inspired by the excellent work that is having a positive impact on the delivery of care and the experience of patients who use their services.

You can find out who is speaking at the summit, who the awards finalists are and book your place, here. You can also get the latest information on twitter using #kssleadsummit

Tony Young to be the National Clinical Director for Innovation

[NHS England]

NHS England is pleased to announce the appointment of a new National Clinical Director for Innovation, Professor Tony Young PhD, FRCS (Urol).

As National Clinical Director (NCD), Professor Young’s role will provide clinical leadership and support in delivering improved health outcomes across the five domains of the NHS Outcomes Framework. In particular Tony will focus on generating economic growth through innovation and driving the uptake of proven innovations across the healthcare system.

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Nine out of ten people would be willing to take part in clinical research

[National Institute for Health Research]

A new survey conducted on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) shows that 89% of people would be willing to take part in clinical research if they were diagnosed with a medical condition or disease – with an all-time-low figure of just 3% saying they would not consider it at all.

The survey also revealed that 95% of people said it was important to them that the NHS carries out clinical research. Last year over 600,000 people took part in research which aims to improve diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in the NHS. The growing importance of clinical research to the general public and their increased willingness to take part suggests that this number is set to rise.

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