AHSN Newsletter – 14 November 2014

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Danish prescription?

Following feedback collected in Aug-Oct, our board meeting next week will focus on the services we offer members in 2015 and beyond. Our intention is to develop our existing range of services, by offering an expanded and refreshed portfolio of exciting knowledge exchange alongside more action oriented delivery projects. I’ll share more information after the Board meeting and for now would like to thank everyone who has helped shape our thinking in recent months.

It was timely then that this week around 30 colleagues from member organisations joined us on a 36 hour study tour of the healthcare innovation system in Southern Denmark. It’s the second time we’ve been there this year with a group from KSS. Once again, seeing what can be achieved by a region working together for the benefit of citizens and patients is truly inspiring and invaluable to shape future collaboration to improve services at pace and scale.


One of the key approaches which has a significant impact on the success of innovative solutions is co-creation. I’d like to share with you the thoughts from one of our Denmark tour delegates, Dr Tim Ojo, Executive Medical Director, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:

“The lessons I learnt from the study tour of Odense in the main revolve around two central themes. The first of which is the careful attention paid to the multi-perspectival framing of innovation challenges and the clear conceptual articulation of co-created solutions. The second theme was the willingness to direct financial and human resources towards the empirical testing out of the co-created innovative solutions unhindered by fear of failure. The mantra- fail fast but fail cheap- appears to me to be a very good prescription for us in the UK.”

Seminar series launch

In the New Year we’ll be launching a new seminar series aimed at equipping leading innovators with insight, tools and a network of peers to tackle challenges on a region-wide scale. The seminars are being organised with the Health and Europe Centre, a Kent based social enterprise and feature leading UK and European thought leaders and healthcare innovators.

Clinical nominations close today!

Nominations for our healthcare innovations awards close today, 14 November! So it’s not too late but the clock really is ticking. If you’ve been meaning to nominate an outstanding colleague or team, don’t delay, nominate today. The awards celebrate the clinical teams who are raising the bar for sustained improvements in patient care and driving economic growth. Awards will be presented at the Kent Surrey Sussex Expo and Awards event on 13 January 2015.

Full details and a link to the short and simple form can be found here.

Kind regards,
Guy Boersma
Managing Director, KSS AHSN

In this week’s edition:

New SBRI Call: Save The Date

[South East Health Technologies Alliance]

Date: Monday 1st December

Venue: Holiday Inn Gatwick, Povey Cross Road, Gatwick

Duration: 12:30 – 17:00

Cost: Free to attend

Places are limited so early booking essential

  • Are you thinking about applying for the new call
  • or have already started an application and have attended the national meeting?
  • do you need a bit more help?

Why not come and find out more about the new call and get some help with those forms! Please click here for more details of SBRI call.

You will also have the opportunity to have a one to one session with Rob Berry from the KSS AHSN who understands the system – (please apply for a 10 minute appointment). Please contact Clare Ansett to book your 1:1 session – clare.ansett@sehta.co.uk, and click here to register for the event.

PolyPhotonix Wins Market Gravity Innovation Award

[National Business Awards UK/ Market Gravity – Press Release]

Congratulations to bio-photonic research company PolyPhotonix who received the Market Gravity Innovation Award at the National Business Awards earlier this week. Recognising all forms of successfully applied innovation, the award celebrates the ideas that have had the greatest impact on an organisation or industry.

PolyPhotonix is developing innovative light therapy treatments for macular eye disease as well as other medical conditions. The National Business Awards judges said: “A true disruptor, PolyPhotonix has created a radically different solution to a major healthcare problem that could save the NHS £1billion in diabetic treatment.”

The NHS in Kent, Surrey and Sussex is at the forefront of working with PolyPhotonix to bring this radical innovation to patients. KSS AHSN has supported the company to set up trials in the ophthalmology pathways around five local acute trusts for the company’s Noctura 400 Sleep Mask. The trials aim to produce evidence to submit to NICE for a MTEP ‘case for adoption’ endorsement in 2015.

Read the full press release

UK Lifescience Industry Magazine – Issue 8

[Medilink South West]

The UK Lifescience Industry magazine is a collaborative initiative between Medilink UK regional partners and other national and regional life science associations. Hard copies will be distributed to our Members but a PDF is now available online via our website.

Please click here 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.

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

SEHTA Regional Business Awards 2014

[South East Health Technologies Alliance]

As part of Medilink UK, SEHTA is celebrating excellence by organising its annual regional competition to select the best achieving companies of 2014 in 5 categories:

  • Export Achievement
  • Start-up
  • Innovation
  • Outstanding Achievement
  • Partnership with the NHS

Nominations close at 5.00pm on Friday 5th December 2014. Awards will be presented at the KSS Expo and Awards in January.

To download full details and application forms, please click here.

Recruiting participants in health research

[NHS Health Research Authority]

“Recruiting participants for health research: a public dialogue” is being undertaken by the Health Research Authority (HRA) with support from Sciencewise over the month of November. The HRA has commissioned independent research consultancy OPM to undertake the exercise, inviting the public to come together with experts to debate key health research issues such as:

  • Who should be allowed access to patient records in order to find people who might be interested in taking part in a study?
  • Are there alternative ways of approaching patients to invite them to take part in a study?
  • Should the level of consent be different for trials involving treatments that are already being used in the NHS?

Public workshops are being held in England and Wales throughout November. For more information visit their website: www.rphr.org.uk

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