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Welcome to our autumn newsletter. Now that we’ve all returned after the summer break, the events season is well and truly upon us. We are supporting our innovators with a particularly busy schedule of in-person events for the first time in three years, in addition to our online events. It’s also awards season. We are proud to see the East of England so well represented in the inaugural AHSN Innovate Awards, as well as the Focus ADHD national programme shortlisted at the HSJ Awards.

Piers Ricketts
Chief Executive, Eastern AHSN

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Designing emergency and urgent care services around users

Eastern AHSN has been commissioned by NHS England to work closely with the general public to better understand their experience and uptake of these services, including how digital technology and innovation can be used to improve their experiences.

To do this effectively, we need to ensure that we hear a broad range of patients’ experiences. This includes a survey, which will run until 30 September. Please complete this if we you can, and share with any relevant networks or groups.

Applications for the NHS Innovation Accelerator are now open

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with the AHSN Network and the Accelerated Access Collaborative – has launched its call for applications representing high impact, evidence-based innovations.

The call is open to local, national and international healthcare innovations supported by passionate individuals from any background, including SMEs, clinicians, charity/third sector and academics.

Innovate Awards shortlist shows wealth of innovation across the East

The finalists for The Innovate Awards 2022 have been revealed following a rigorous round of judging over the summer.  Eastern AHSN has been named as a partner in three of the shortlisted projects, with innovation programmes from our region featuring as finalists in nine out of the ten categories. 

NHS welcomes new service to help healthcare innovators access coordinated support and guidance

A new service from the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) offering comprehensive and tailored support is now available to healthcare innovators. The NHS Innovation Service provides access to coordinated support and guidance from organisations with expertise in the development and widespread adoption of health innovation and will give innovators the support they need to get their innovation to clinicians and patients faster.  

The service offers a central point of access for healthcare innovators to joined-up support from expert organisations.  

Scale-Up Academy open for application

The Scale-Up Academy is a programme developed by Eastern AHSN in partnership with the Triple Chasm Company to help tackle the healthcare scale-up challenge. The programme brings together company leadership teams, our advisors, members of the Triple Chasm team and selected domain experts to help develop high-impact commercialisation plans. Applications close on 30 September 2022. 

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Takeda UK Limited ADHD innovation challenge 2022 is now live

Eastern AHSN, Takeda UK Limited and The ADHD Foundation have launched a new innovation challenge to identify digital technologies that will benefit patients who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

The winning team(s) will receive access to a dedicated point of contact at Takeda UK, with the potential for investment for product development in the UK. They will also gain access to mentoring and coaching from Takeda experts from cross-functional teams comprising medical, commercial and marketing capabilities to help bring their innovation to fruition. Submissions are welcome from UK and international applicants before 23 October 2022. 


Focus ADHD programme shortlisted at the HSJ Awards

The AHSN Network has been nominated in the HSJ Partnership Award category for the Focus ADHD national programme, which aims to improve the assessment process for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) using computer-based tests (measuring attention, impulsivity and activity). In the East of England we have rolled out the Focus ADHD programme across four sites in to date and 696 tests have been completed up to July 2022 since the beginning of the programme in April 2021. It is already having a positive effect through reducing waiting lists and we are working hard to ensure best practices and positive experiences are shared across all sites through our community of practice. 


Evaluating the cost savings associated with remote monitoring in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eastern AHSN has published a case study and evaluation following the pilot of a digital solution to share care homes residents’ health information remotely with healthcare professionals across the region during COVID-19, supported by a grant from Innovate UK. The evaluation estimated a cost saving of £201,810 over six months in 33 care homes, which if extrapolated across all care homes in the East of England could represent a potential cost saving of over £16m per year.

Helping clinicians and AHPs realise their innovative ideas

If you are a clinician or allied healthcare professional with an idea or who is passionate about working in an innovative team looking to disrupt the future, our Venture Creation weekend is your opportunity to explore the possibilities. With the input from experienced mentors, take the first steps towards creating a new venture with the potential to redesign the future of health. 

The programme is delivered in partnership between Eastern AHSN, Idea Space and the Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Centre. 


Delivering a Net Zero NHS

Funded by the Accelerated Access Collaborative, and in partnership with Greener NHS and the AHSN Network, SBRI’s second net zero competition seeks innovative solutions that focus on decarbonising clinical pathways that are the most carbon intensive. The deadline for applications is 5 October 2022. 


PODCAST: How to commercialise research – NHS perspective

Dr Louise Jopling, Commercial Director at the Eastern AHSN, explains the routes available for those to looking to have their technology adopted into the NHS in this podcast with Connect: Health Tech from the Milner institute. 

PODCAST: Moving the dial towards digital inclusivity – people, purpose and the potential of technology-enabled remote monitoring

The latest NHS Innovation Collaborative podcast explores the relationship between digital inclusivity and health and care equality and features Bola Owolabi, Director of Healthcare Inequalities at NHS England, and Roz Davies, CEO of The Green Estate and Pictorial Meadows. 



Heading to HETT?

27-28 September 2022
The AHSN Network will be exhibiting at the Health Excellence Through Technology (HETT) show at the ExCeL in London. Come and see us at our exhibition stand (number E58) where you can speak to AHSN colleagues and partners; find out more about the AHSNs and how to access support; and meet 16 AHSN-supported innovators. 


Polypharmacy: getting the balance right webinars

29 September and 15 November 2022
The webinar for ICS medicines optimisation leads and Primary Care Network (PCN) teams (including GPs and pharmacists) will demonstrate how polypharmacy prescribing comparators help us understand variation in prescribing of multiple medicines and identify patients more likely to be exposed to the risk of taking multiple, or combinations of, medicines. 


Vacancy: Director of Finance and Corporate Services

We are recruiting for a Director of Finance and Corporate Services. This role combines leadership of the finance function with responsibility for all aspects of Eastern AHSN’s corporate services, ensuring that these are effective, efficient and compliant. 


Thank you for supporting us as we continue to turn great ideas into positive health impact.

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