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CHChris Hart, Commercial Director, EMAHSN, emphasises the importance of a strong NHS business case and how a recently produced EMAHSN guide can assist in the preparation for an effective business case aimed at small and medium sized organisations.

When the NHS is interested in taking on board a new product or service it is likely that a NHS business case will need to be prepared and approved before the procurement of the project can proceed. From experience working alongside many organisations over the years we have recognised that organisations that supply the NHS are often challenged by the process and requirements.
             

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Martin Hindel Independent ChairMartin Hindle, Independent Chair of the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network talks about the latest public health data

Recently, Public Health England (PHE) released the health profiles for 2016. It is an excellent resource which holds a huge amount of valuable health and socioeconomic statistics for England. As the Independent Chair of EMAHSN I was particularly drawn to the granular nature of information for the East Midlands region and the common health trends within the data.
             

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Prof. Murray Anderson-Wallace, Expert Advisor, EMAHSN Patient Safety Collaborative gives an overview of the appointment of the first Chief Investigator of the newly formed Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).
             

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Prof. Jos Schols MD PhDProf. Jos Schols MD, PhD from the Dutch LPZ team in Maastricht gives his views and feedback on this annual measurement of the prevalence which first started in the Netherlands in 1998 and is now being trialled by the Eats Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative.
             

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dental project in Burkina FasoPeter Bates, former PPL lead at EMAHSN recently visited friends in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Peter decided to donate some of his leaving collection (from team members) to the community he visited. While there met Lynne Smith from Scotland. Lynne is qualified as a dentist and keeps up her continuing professional development when she returns to the UK, but her main home is in the town of Kaya, some 60 miles north of Burkina’s capital city of Ouagadougou. Amongst a range of initiatives, Lynne’s dental project highlights some themes that are relevant to innovation in healthcare in the UK.
             

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Cheryl Crocker PSC Regional LeadDr Cheryl Crocker, Regional Lead Patient Safety Collaborative, EMAHSN. 

Cheryl summarises the recent 'State of Care report', the CQC annual overview of health and adult social care in England which was published on 14 October 2015. Cheryl also talks about how our work at the East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative is already contributing to improving safety across our region.

             

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Karen Glover back on the wardKaren Glover is the Director of Partner Relations for CLAHRC EM and Head of Clinical Programmes for EMAHSN. Karen has held senior management roles including Director of Nursing and Compliance with the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Here she describes how, after nearly 25 years in the NHS and 11 years off the frontline, she recently went back to working as a nurse on the Castle Ward, a 24-bedded trauma and orthopaedic rehabilitation ward for older people at Lings Bar Hospital, Gamston, Nottinghamshire.              

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Safety In Care HomesDr Adam Gordon is Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine of Older People at The University of Nottingham and an Honorary Consultant Geriatrician at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He tweets @adamgordon1978

Here he describes a project to benchmark and report the prevalence of care problems in UK care homes.

Care homes do a lot of good work. There are almost three times as many beds in UK care homes as there are in National Health Service hospitals. Care home residents are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society.              

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In September, we jointly hosted a highly energised and productive session with UCLPartners at one of the Pop-up Universities at NHS Expo. Our group had a lively debate about what is innovation, what enables it, and what barriers we might need to overcome in order to spread and diffuse our innovations. The positive message we received was that innovation can come from anywhere and anyone in your organisation.

We wrote up some notes following the event, based on participants' direct feedback and wanted to share these along with the presentation we gave on the day.              

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Brazil colleagues with Lucy Sitton-Kent





Further to being successfully awarded a British Academy’s Newton Mobility Grant, last week Dr Lucy Sitton-Kent and Dr Reena Devi, both University of Nottingham research fellows on EMAHSN projects, met with Miriam Cristina M. S. de Paiva PhD nurse, Departamento de Enfermagem da Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu-UNESP, Cristiane H. Gallasch, Adjunt Professor - Faculty of Nursing - Rio de Janeiro State University Dr Andreas Xyrichis, Lecturer, King's College London for a qualitative workshop here in the East Midlands and London.              

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SBRI Healthcare LogoHave you seen the announcement from the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) where up to 12 small business could each benefit from £100,000 Phase 1 product development funding?  In this latest round, SBRI will look to award a total of £1 million for ideas from companies focused on addressing challenges in older people with multiple-morbidities and specifically in the problem areas of: Falls, Incontinence and Decline in Functional Ability.

SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, they works with Academic Health Science Networks to identify priority areas where technology can be applied to address major clinical challenges. The programme focuses on clearly identified NHS needs, bringing clinicians and business together at an early stage to harness the expertise of SMEs to develop effective solutions. Companies successful in the six month feasibility stage (Phase 1) are eligible to move on to more detailed product development and NHS validation where up to £2 million in further funding support can be secured across two additional phases.
             

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This blog comes from Jen Yates, Clinical Theme Fellow for our Stroke Rehabilitation Programme.

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the UK, with the greatest impact occurring when stroke survivors leave hospital. In parts of the East Midlands, stroke specialist teams have been commissioned to provide therapy for stroke survivors in their own homes to help them achieve recovery through specialist rehabilitation.

Community stroke teams are multidisciplinary teams that consist of individuals from different professions, such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, nurses, rehabilitation assistants and administrators, who work collaboratively to address the needs of the patient holistically.              

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This blog post comes from; Andrew Wragg, Patient and Public Involvement & Engagement Facilitator, Research & Innovation Nottingham University Hospitals, NIHR Nottingham Digestive Diseases BR, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham.

Liver disease is a growing health burden and is currently the third leading cause of premature death in the UK with the death rate continuing to rise. This is despite the fact that the majority of liver disease results from lifestyle related risk factors including excess alcohol use, obesity (and related type 2 diabetes) and intravenous drug use.

Why are we not identifying liver disease earlier?
In primary care, we rely upon liver function tests (LFTs) to detect patients requiring further investigation for possible liver disease. This is an inadequate approach; LFTs are woeful at detecting liver disease before patients have symptoms. Subsequently in the UK, 50% of patients with cirrhosis are diagnosed for the first time when hospitalised with symptoms of liver failure resulting in a reduced quality of life and an increased risk of death and associated healthcare cost. In contrast, many patients with abnormal LFTs do not have liver disease, resulting in anxiety for patients who require unnecessary invasive investigations.
             

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Chris and CollinsI had the honour recently of meeting one of my musical heroes, Edwyn Collins (former lead singer of the band Orange Juice, best known for his international hit 'A Girl Like You' - have a listen on iTunes, you'll definitely have heard it before!).

So what's this got to do with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network? You may not be aware but Edwyn is a stroke survivor: he suffered a massive stroke around 10 years ago and lost almost all movement and speech.

EMAHSN exists to identify and spread innovation at pace and scale, and Stroke Rehabilitation is one of our priorities: the programme is taking a pioneering approach to support survivors to achieve a better recovery.

The story of Edwyn's stroke and recovery is the subject of a film called 'The Possibilities are Endless' (now available on DVD or download). It's beautiful and very moving, and I was lucky enough to attend a recent premier in Sheffield. Edwyn and his wife Grace Maxwell attended and I had the privilege of meeting them both (that's me in the photo, looking star struck!).
             

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Brazil blog 12 feb
On Thursday (12 February 2015) we worked in our group and talked about our research proposal in more detail. There was a lot of strategic discussion, and also discussion around the practical issues of our study idea. We discussed how this international collaboration would be worthwhile for both the UK and also locally here in Brazil. We are living on a planet where people are living longer, and our research proposal would examine knowledge transfer activities in relation to catheter-related urinary tract infection (UTI) in our ageing population, not only in the UK but also overseas.  If there is an opportunity to share best practice with our international colleagues - lets take it as we all want better experiences and safer systems / processes for patients!

We're hoping to apply for funding from the Newton Fund. Again....watch this space! :)              
Brazil workshop 2Today, Wednesday 11 Feb 2015, we were spilt into groups. Myself and Reena Devi were in the same group with Andreas Xyrichis, a lecturer at Kings College London, with specialist knowledge in Ethnography (the study people and cultures) research, and two of our Brazilian colleagues, Cristina Miriam, and Cristiane Gallasch. We were given the task of brainstorming a potential collaborative research proposal around infection control that could be put forward for funding.

After a morning of brainstorming in our small groups we derived at a proposal of a qualitative study of knowledge transfer activities around catheter associated urinary tract infection. One of the main objectives of this idea is to explore how knowledge is transferred from infection control teams to clinical staff and then eventually to patients (with a particular focus on older patients). We're excited that this is a potential study where we could learn more about knowledge transfer activities between relevant partners. This could lead to a better understanding of what works to ensure best outcomes for patients and efficient use of infection control team resource.

On Thursday we look forward to refining this idea! Watch this space :)              
Sao Paulo ParkWow! São Paulo is a complete mixture; homeless people sleeping in cardboard boxes, huge roads, leafy streets with designer shops and beggars on the corner. On our first day here (Sunday 8 Feb) we were unable to get into our hotel so some of us got changed and caught a taxi to a local park where we could walk amongst the rainforest and say hello to the monkeys, the city is vast.  We also watched people doing yoga in this park - it was a 3 mile walk to this point - total dedication!

Yesterday, both the Brazilian and UK researchers did a ten minute presentation on who we are, what our background was and our research interests. Have already made good links with many colleagues in the UK contingent who come from Scotland, Wales and England but we have started to understand some of the challenges facing our Brazilian colleagues and the differences between our health and social care systems.
             

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saopaulo webMyself and my colleague, Reena Devi, are flying out to São Paulo, Brazil for a workshop: "Qualitative study design in healthcare-associated infection research" that is taking place betwween February 9 and 13 2015, coordinated by Maria Clara Padoveze, School of Nursing, University of São Paulo (Brazil), and Stephen Timmons - Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning, University of Nottingham (UK).

This workshop is fully funded by British Council Research Links and by FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) and relates to, two of our workstreams: Translating Research into Practice, and our Patient Safety Collaborative. It has provided financial support to gather a group from the United Kingdom and a group of researchers from the partner country, Brazil, whose members are at the beginning of their career.  Why are we there? Well, we're in Brazil because because Reena and I are both early year researchers.

The workshop will provide us with a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking, with a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.
             

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On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of hosting the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network's inaugural Innovation in Healthcare awards.

All winners 2014We received almost 100 award entries across the six categories, and the shortlist highlights the truly astonishing range of innovations that are improving services and saving lives throughout the East Midlands.

The find out more and see the shortlisted and winning entries, following this link.

Innovation is central to the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network: we were established to identify great ideas and spread them throughout our region and beyond - making sure that if something works well it is made available to everyone, irrespective of where they live in the East Midlands.

             

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I was at the national launch of the 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives on Tuesday 14th - a London hotel ballroom rammed full of people waiting to hear from some experts on patient safety and share their ideas with each other. It started well with a panel of experts by experience and the acknowledgement that speaking out as a patient takes courage and often leads to labelling the patient as "difficult" and even leads to staff avoiding that person. Later on in one of the concurrent sessions I heard some more important messages on whether we really DO place the patient at the centre or is it much more about " .... patient safety until we need the bed " - a fair weather commitment to patient safety?
             

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In a previous blog I mentioned the health and social impacts of alcohol on our region, and highlighted our work to progress early detection of liver disease. This is just one of the programmes EMAHSN will be supporting over the year ahead; other priorities include diabetes, supporting frail older people, stroke rehabilitation, tackling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and building patient and public engagement in decisions about healthcare services.
             

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I attended the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group meeting recently. The subject – Public Health England: Improving the Nation's Health" featured some great presentations from colleagues from Public Health England, Jane Ellison MP Minister of State for Public Health and Cllr Jonathan McShane Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture London Borough of Hackney.

             

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Martin Hindle, Independent Chair, EMAHSN

As this is my first blog for EMAHSN, I thought I should start by telling you a little bit about my background and how I have come to be in the fortunate position of Chair for this innovative organisation.
             

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I was delighted to be able to join a recent fact finding visit by 20 NHS leaders to Brussels. I seldom put myself forward for such opportunities, but I know this was an area that was, frankly in my "don't really understand it - too difficult" pile so I decided it would be good for me to grasp the nettle!
             

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It was an absolute privilege this week to meet and speak with third year and post graduate physiotherapy students at Nottingham City Hospital. What an amazing bunch – enthusiastic, upbeat, committed to a career in the NHS and totally up for the challenges that lie ahead.
             

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