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Welcome to our latest newsletter, keeping you up to date on how Eastern AHSN has been turning great ideas into positive health impact with our partners so far in 2023. As we approach the end of the 2022/23 financial year, some of our programmes are coming to a close and we are planning our work for the coming year. Look out for our impact review covering the top stories from a successful year, due for publication this summer. We start with some recent news stories from innovators we have been working with, and projects successfully concluded.

Piers Ricketts
Chief Executive, Eastern AHSN

Macmillan invests in pioneering at-home neutropenic sepsis test, Neutrocheck

Having introduced the two organisations at one of our matching events, we are thrilled that Macmillan Cancer Support has invested £100,000 in 52 North Health’s Neutrocheck as part the charity’s new Innovation Impact Investment Portfolio. Neutrocheck is a portable device and accompanying app which enables people with cancer to test their risk of life-threatening neutropenic sepsis at home rather than having to be tested in an emergency at hospital.

Training the healthcare workforce on lysosomal storage disorders

Eastern AHSN has been a proud partner in the launch of a new RCN-accredited training programme to help healthcare professionals better identify lysosomal storage disorders, supporting faster diagnosis and access to treatment. The new eLearning programme launched this month and can be accessed via the British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group’s (BIMDG) website.

Managing clinics more efficiently with DASHclinic

Read how we supported the evaluation of an early-stage pilot of DASHclinic, a software platform that digitises the healthcare clinic queue management system. Using the software, staff at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were able to identify bottlenecks in services delivery which presented opportunities to improve efficiency, as well as understanding how consultants’ time was used.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS adopts Enhanced Occupational Health and HR Service following pilot

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care Board has approved an extension of the Enhanced Occupational Health and HR Signposting Service for Primary Care for a further twelve months after Eastern AHSN supported with the service’s evaluation which found it met an unmet need.

New MySpira unlimited plan now available to integrated care systems across England

MySpira, the world’s first augmented reality children’s asthma and inhaler training app, is now available for licensing across entire integrated care systems (ICSs).

Do you need help evaluating innovation?

Eastern AHSN can help you measure the impact of an innovation project, using evidence-based approaches to generate insights to support decisions about which innovations to develop, adopt and how to best implement them in different contexts.

Awards celebrating innovation in health and care open for entries

The Innovate Awards 2023, which celebrate innovation in health and care are open for entries. Now in their second year, the awards are delivered collaboratively between the AHSN Network and NHS Confederation and focus on celebrating excellence in innovation and transformation across the health and care system. The closing date for submissions will be midnight on Friday 19 May 2023.


What does no-code app building mean for healthcare innovation

Dr Lloyd Humphreys explains how ‘no-code’ programming is helping anyone become a digital innovator without technical skills.


The awkward space between development and implementation

For Children’s Mental Health Week Jess Garner, Principal Advisor, explores why there is a gap between digital mental health tools being developed and them being implemented in services.


Celebrating women in science

For International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we spoke to some of our colleagues about what science means to them, what made them pursue science as a career and why representation in STEM is so important


Remote rehabilitation: what about health inequalities?

Amy Miller, Senior Advisor at Eastern AHSN, shares the finding of a new report exploring the impact of digital rehabilitation services on health inequalities


New carbon literacy training for innovators to help reduce emissions in healthcare

Eastern AHSN has partnered with Carbon Action to provide training based on the principles of International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 14064(1) standard. The training is for colleagues and organisations wanting to learn more about carbon literacy, identifying and quantifying emissions and the practical steps they can take to facilitate change.
This training is being run twice in March, on the 24th and 31st.


Bridging the Gap

22 March, 9:30 – 16:30, Exeter (in-person event)
This webinar will discuss innovative therapies, their place in combination lipid-lowering therapy as the first line strategy in very high-risk patients and show how much they can support the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions of reducing cardiovascular disease through Population Health Management. 


Save the date: East of England Stroke Forum Conference 2023

Tues 19th September 2023, Rowley Mile Conference Centre, Newmarket, CB8 0TF
Intended for all those involved in stroke care to hear from expert speakers; learn about the latest research and innovation in the field; share ideas and ultimately improve standards of care for stroke survivorsBe the first to hear further announcements by joining our Stroke Forum mailing list.

Eastern AHSN Quality Improvement Network Annual Conference – Sustainability, Quality and Collaboration

22 March, 09:30 – 16:30, Newmarket, Suffolk (in-person)
A great chance to network with fellow professionals and consider key issues in quality improvement, sustainability and collaboration. 


From PhD to Professional – where can your research take you in health tech?

28 March, 28th March, Hybrid (in-person and online)
As part of the Cambridge Festival, Connect: Health Tech is holding an event bringing together panellists at different stages of their career journey, to explore and highlight the resources and opportunities the Cambridge ecosystem of research, industry and entrepreneurship can offer


WEBINAR: tackling toxic air pollution

23 March, 09:15–11:00
Hosted by the AHSN Network, as part of our series of events focused on sustainability and supporting NHS Net Zero, this free sharing and learning webinar is an opportunity to hear about the implementation of the Clean Air Framework in the North East, and meet innovators deploying solutions to tackle toxic air. The session will be useful for anyone involved with delivering the Net Zero agenda in health and care services, including sustainability, estates and clinical leads, local authorities and innovators


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