KSS AHSN Newsletter – In the vanguard – 9 March 2015

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In this week’s edition:

In the vanguard

The latest phase of assessment and selection for ‘Forerunner’ sites took place last week. The process began when NHS England’s Five Year Forward View (5YFV) set out the need to speed up the development of sustainable new care models for improving population health and wellbeing, patient experience and value for money.

Through the New Models of Care Programme, individual organisations and partnerships, were invited to apply to be ‘vanguard’ or ‘forerunner’ sites. Selected organisations gain the opportunity to work with national partners to address national impediments and policy barriers to closer integration of physical and mental health, primary and secondary care, health and social care.

NHS England has successfully used the momentum from the 5YFV to stimulate interest in health and care system transformation. 269 applications were received nationally. This figure includes 21 from Kent, Surrey and Sussex, including some in which KSS AHSN feature given our ability to impartially support collective system leadership development and our measurement and analysis capabilities.

Forward move

Samantha Jones and Dr Sam Everington were recruited to take the process forward. They were charged of generating interest when the NHS was facing the daily challenge of winter and media spotlight on A&E performance. They took the view that they should not divert NHS E regional teams from their priority focus on in year operational delivery and instead have sought help from the Improvement Bodies (principally NHSIQ and the AHSNs) to capitalise on the bottom up energy for transformation.

Onward spread

The success of the sustainable new models of care will have a major impact on local health and social care systems’ ability to meet the needs of a growing and ageing population. Those who want our support can expect to receive it, whether they feature in this week’s announcement of national forerunner sites or not.

Seminar invitation: big data and the intelligent organisation

Our 2015 series of free seminars are designed to strengthen collaboration between industry, academia, health and social care. The next takes place on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 from 17:30 to 19.30 at the Sofitel hotel, Gatwick.

Building on our previous seminar about innovation, we’ll look at some key technological innovations from the emerging field of ‘Big Data’. While people everywhere can identify powerful possibilities in this area, most of these possibilities remain unrealised. We’ll explore what’s possible for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and how to turn the possible into reality.

Everyone is welcome and the event is filling up quickly.

Please register here now to book a place.

Kind regards,
Guy Boersma
Managing Director, KSS AHSN



KSS AHSN Job Vacancies:

KSS Patient Safety Collaborative Clinical Leads Vacancies
[Kent Surrey Sussex Patient Safety Collaborative]

The Kent Surrey Sussex Patient Safety Collaborative (KSS PSC) is co-designing the package of support for health and care organisations. Fundamental to this will be clinical leadership and we are seeking expressions of interest in these roles. The leads are required for:

  • Sepsis
  • Safe transfer and discharge
  • Medication errors.

For further information, job description and person specification, please click here.

Alternatively please contact Co-Directors:
Tony Kelly,tony.kelly@bsuh.nhs.uk / 07767444526
Kay Mackay,kay.mackay1@nhs.net / 07747847782

Hold the date!
KSS AHSN regional conference, 23 June 2015

Our next regional conference will focus on transforming older people’s services and is scheduled for 23 June 2015. Registration details will be confirmed shortly.


Older people’s programme: engagement events – March to May 2015


Independence and vitality for longer: improving care and the experience of care for older people in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Through these meetings we will validate with you: the case for change, an agreed vision of future sustainable care arrangements and the support programme of KSS AHSN activity to help you implement sustainable care services faster.

Join us to shape the older people’s programme for the region:

  • Older People’s Programme Engagement Event
    24 March 2015, Crowne Plaza, Gatwick​

Please contact Sharon Drazek to book a place.

This will be followed up with county level events:

  • Kent: 30 April 2015, Holiday Inn, Maidstone​
  • Surrey: 6 May 2015, Mandolay Hotel, ​Guildford
  • Sussex: 21 May 2015, Holiday Inn, Gatwick​

Value proposition reviews – free help to get your product or service right for the NHS


With the NHS funding capped and limited opportunities for interacting with NHS staff, selling to the NHS will inevitably become more challenging.  With a better understanding of their priorities and how cash flows around the system you will be able to prepare a more compelling and comprehensive value proposition.

Rob Berry, Head of Innovation at the Kent Surrey and Sussex AHSN and Dr David Parry, CEO of SEHTA are offering one to one appointments to review value propositions for high value products or services which are on or close to market.

For further information, please click here.


Hold the date! Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) – Study Day, 9 June 2015

[KSS AHSN Respiratory Programme / The British Lung Foundation]

The British Lung Foundation and the KSS AHSN Respiratory Programme are jointly hosting the long-awaited full study day on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), covering pathophysiology and treatment, supportive therapies and end of life care, as well as the patient’s perspective. Full agenda to follow when all speakers are confirmed.

This is an all-day event, will be held in the Gatwick area, further details will be confirmed shortly.


EU MALCOLM Project: Final reports now available


With a major point of contention ahead of the General Election being yet another reform of the NHS, do you wish you had a better understanding of how the NHS and social services operate today?

  • Do you want to learn more about the opportunities arising from the Government’s agenda to integrate health and social care services?
  • What about the budgets for our health and social care services – do you wish you understood their hierarchy and to whom they are accountable?
  • Are you a healthcare provider or supplier of associated products and services wishing to understand who your target commissioners are and the different ways that your products and services could be procured?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then you should read the MALCOLM Assisted Living Capability Analysis Main Report (Part 2). It’s all there in Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9!

Maximising the Value of Technology Enabled Care Services Webinar – 16 March

[NHS England and NHS Improving Quality]

The Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) programme has been developed to help maximise the value of technology enabled care services for patients, carers, commissioners and the whole health economy.

NHS England and NHS IQ are hosting a webinar on 16 March that will include:

  • how technology can support commissioning intentions, and the benefits to patients, families, professionals and the health and care system
  • information and practical tools to help select, procure, implement and measure technology enabled care services effectively
  • case studies from Airedale and Nottingham who are using the power of technology to deliver coordinated, cost-effective and improved services

To register your interest in this webinar, please send confirmation to Aishah Mail: aishahmalik@nhs.net

Postgraduate Open Event, CHSS,
University of Kent – 17 March

[University of Kent]

CHSS, University of Kent at Canterbury is holding a postgraduate open event aimed at health care professionals, researchers in health research and social scientists who are interested in the Centre’s new MSc in Applied Health Research. This two hour event will involve presentations from the academic staff providing a brief overview of the course, the chance to speak to the Centre’s Director Stephen Peckham, and a discussion on the potential career opportunities associated with the Masters programme.

For further information about the Centre, please click here.

To book a place at the event, please click here.

Everyone’s Business: Normalising Good Practice in End of Life Care

[South  East Coast Strategic Clinical Networks]

Wednesday 25th March 2015 at the Longley Suite, Arora Hotel,
Crawley Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6LW

On Wednesday 25th March 2015 health and social care professionals from the South will come together in Crawley to discuss ways to improve end of life care in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The main aim of conference is to foster a culture in health and social care services in Kent Surrey and Sussex where safe, effective, personalised and compassionate end of life care is the norm not the exception.

For further information and registration, please click here.


Tackling HIV stereotypes: Targeting late diagnosis across demographics

[IMPRESS Health 2]

This closing conference of the IMPRESS Health 2 project will take place at:

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Wednesday March 25th
9.30 – 17.00

Places are limited, so to be sure of yours, register now by clicking here.

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