KSS AHSN Newsletter – 3rd April 2015

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In this week’s edition…

Wanted: innovators to boost healthcare delivery

Innovation is widely recognised as crucial to the future of health and social care, as well as to the wider economy. There’s also a widely held belief that innovation needs the right conditions to prosper. The NHS Five Year Forward View (5YFV) highlighted how innovative ideas or technologies with the potential to improve patient care have failed in the past.

The 5YFV highlighted how innovative ideas or technologies have failed in the past because they had been tried in isolation from other technologies, without changes to ways of working, or on
top – not instead – of existing programmes.

A new approach is needed. The 5YFV describes the need for ‘test bed’ areas with the willingness to adopt whole-system change, and the ability to measure benefit and pass on learning to other areas. Test beds will help realise the ambition of reforming the NHS so that it is fit to face the challenges of the 21st Century – particularly an ageing population and an increase in patients with long-term health conditions – while remaining financially sustainable.

Worldwide call

This week NHS England, the Department of Health and the Government Office for Science launched a worldwide call for innovators to partner with local health and care systems. Innovators from industry, the voluntary sector or the NHS itself are being asked to put forward new technologies to work in combination with innovations in how health and care services are delivered. Together they will combine to offer better outcomes for patients as well as better value for taxpayers.

NHS England and the Department of Health will work with the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) to identify up to five ‘test beds’ and match them up with appropriate innovators. The partnerships will then receive national support to implement high potential innovations that respond to local clinical needs. Once successful the NHS will be one of the best places in the world to test out new ways of working in real-life settings.

Suitable test bed sites will have strong clinical leadership, with an appetite for testing innovations. They also need the infrastructure to support data sharing and a sufficiently large patient population to enable projects to be run at scale.

Suitable innovations must have the potential to improve health and healthcare outcomes at lower overall cost; in other words, high value innovations.  Importantly, the test bed programme is about deploying mature technologies in NHS settings; it’s not about inventing new ones.

Next steps

Innovators can find all the information about how to make an application on the NHS England Innovation website. Innovators need to fill out an expression of interest in response to a defined health care problem.

NHS organisations interested in being part of a test bed site can find further information here to help develop their thinking. We will support suitable proposals for subsequent submission to NHS England. For further insight into national policy, the test bed selection process or if interested in talking further, please contact Rob Berry, our Head of Innovation.

International seminar series

Our 2015 series of free seminars is designed to strengthen collaboration between industry, academia, health and social care. The next one focuses on Logistics and Supply Chain. It takes place on Wednesday 22 April 2015 from 17:30 to 19.30 in Gatwick.

The acknowledged leaders in this field have been in the areas of retail and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods where it has become a distinct source of commercial advantage. Using industry connections we will bring the most advanced thinking in their field to the table, and explore how this can be transferred to the health sector. It’s open to all but places are limited. Register now to secure your 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 event

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.


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

Please contact Sharon Drazekto book a place.

 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.

HEE / NIHR Funded Masters in Clinical Research

[Health Education England (HEE) / National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)]

The University of Brighton are now recruiting for NIHR fully funded (subject to funding by NIHR, to be confirmed Spring 2015) places for the MRes (Clinical Research) course, starting in September 2015. Funding includes salary costs and course fees for full time over one year or part time over two years. Please note there are no bench fees included.

For a list of eligible professions, please click here. Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to a clinical research career. Closing date for applications: Tuesday 5th May 2015 for the September 2015 entry.

For further information, please click here. Or contact Dr Nikki Petty, Programme Leader MRes (Clinical Research) Tel: 01273-641806 Email: n.j.petty@brighton.ac.uk

 New NIHR themed call: Multimorbidities in older people

[National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)]

The NIHR has issued a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidity – defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person. NIHR themed research calls are issued to meet an identified health challenge or government priority.

The following programmes are open for applications:

  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
  • Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • Public Health Research (PHR)

The following programmes will open in due course:

  • Invention for Innovation (i4i)
  • Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
  • Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Closing date: 20 May 2015

Further information on the NIHR website.

 Improvement FUNdamentals 

Free Online course for quality improvement

[NHS Improving Quality]

Improvement FUNdamentals – a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – will take its first full cohort of participants in April 2015. The course offers participants the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of quality improvement principles and practice.

Beneficial to beginners and more experienced improvers alike, this course is delivered over 8 weeks and will give you a good understanding of:

  • The fundamentals of quality improvement
  • Using the model for improvement
  • Measuring for Improvement
  • Sustaining and spreading improvements

For further details, please click here.

critical Voices 2015

[critical Voices]

Critical Voicesis part of a growing movement to understand medicine and health, not just as science, but as subjects which demand ethical judgements, empathy and wisdom. It is an annual, not for profit, event that brings together health professionals, academics, patients, researchers, artists, writers, performers and the wider public, for a day of challenging insights, conversation and debate on critical areas of our lives.

If you are interested in medicine and health, curious about diverse perspectives and ideas, or want to explore its goals and values join us at critical Voices 2015.

Venue:Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Time: Saturday 13th June 2015, 9.00am  – 5.00pm

For further event information, please click here.

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