SBRI LOGOWith the NHS facing unprecedented financial squeeze, improving the flow of patients, information and resources is crucial for driving up service quality and productivity, and improving patient experience. Acute trusts are experiencing significant challenges as a result of the high volume of patients leading to congestion and crisis points in many hospitals.

On 24th January 2017, SBRI Healthcare announced eight companies will receive funding to develop innovations that aim to improve operational efficiency in acute care through the management of patient flow. The successful technologies focus on activities that will enable more efficient progress through acute care, including diagnostics, therapy and discharge.


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SBRI LOGO£900K awarded to develop innovations that support self-care and independence in children with long term conditions.

With six percent of children in the UK living with disability, ingenious life changing solutions can ensure they have the best start in life.

SBRI Healthcare today announced it is to fund nine companies developing innovations that aim to provide children living with disability and long term conditions with the potential to live life to the full.

The successful technologies recognise the importance of encouraging independence and focus on restoring function to the disabled and providing appropriate support for self-care and remote monitoring.


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Rachel MuntonRachel Munton has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list, for services to healthcare.

Rachel (56) from Nottingham retired last August as Managing Director of the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), following a 38-year NHS career.

Starting as a Healthcare Assistant in 1978, Rachel worked at every level of the NHS from student, staff and senior nurse to clinical manager and director of nursing, and ultimately in regional and national positions that contributed to the transformation of health services and patient care.

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EMLA Recognition Awards 2016 winnersEast Midlands Academic Health Science Network's (EMAHSN) inspirational role in placing patients at the heart of health and care transformation, has been recognised with two awards.

Our Patient and Involvement Team were honoured as Inclusive Leaders of the Year at the annual NHS Leadership awards, hosted by the East Midlands Leadership Academy (EMLA) announced on 1 December.

In addition the East Midlands PPI Senate – an independent group of patient leaders hosted by EMAHSN – won the Excellence in Patient Experience award.


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eHNA screen grab 6Cancer affects 23,000 people across the East Midlands each year and evidence shows that 1 in 2 people will now develop cancer. Thanks to a new cancer holistic needs assessment tool, Nottinghamshire patients are receiving nationally acclaimed care and support. 


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Results from a YouGov survey commissioned by NHS England to help all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) understand progress, highlight areas of good practice and identify areas for collective development has just been published.

Over 150 people completed the survey for EMAHSN and results indicate that EMAHSN is an accessible organisation that is working to identify and spread innovation at pace and scale. The report also highlighted an increase in the value commissioners place on EMAHSN’s support.              

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NHS England Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh along with US Digital Health expert Professor Robert Wachter reveal 8 health innovations join the NHS Innovation Accelerator at an event taking place in London to launch year two of the programme.

Last year, the programme selected 17 innovations and supported their roll out across over 380 NHS organisations, benefiting millions of NHS patients.

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Inhalers EM Respiratory NetworkRegional lung network calls for better patient awareness and training and less wastage

Thousands of people with lung conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma in the East Midlands could be putting their lives at risk because they have not been shown how to use their inhalers correctly.

The East Midlands Respiratory Programme, supported by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) and the East Midlands Clinical Network has produced four videos to highlight the importance of inhaler technique for both healthcare professionals and patients.

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The East Midlands AHSN is one of 15 AHSN Patient Safety Collaboratives playing a major role at the annual Patient First event.

The Collaboratives are hosting a new Best Practice theatre at the conference and exhibition, which takes place at London’s ExCeL on 22 and 23 November.

Patient First is attended by more than 3,400 healthcare professionals over two days for the latest insight, education, resources and networking around patient safety.

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ERDF colour landscapeFunding on offer to help companies with clinical trials – building evidence to accelerate entry into NHS markets.

A major new programme for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire based medical technology companies is offering funding and support to set up clinical trials, helping them to build the evidence needed to win new business from NHS organisations.


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Podiatrist Nigel Baggaley Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust using Silhouette at Ripley HospitalA brand new digital ulcer imaging system being rolled out in Derbyshire is enabling care to be delivered closer to patients’ homes, by reducing the number of outpatient appointments taking place at The Royal Derby Hospital.

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, working in partnership with Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, have launched the system (Silhouette®, ARANZ Medical) which is enabling the accurate assessment of foot ulcers at the point of care.

This new approach means foot ulcer healing is monitored digitally and the information is shared remotely in real time with healthcare professionals to support patient care. It is possible that the tool will facilitate early action where wound healing slows down, and that such early interventions, including the treatment of infection could potentially reduce amputations.

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A national report launches today (24 October) with clear recommendations to the UK government on reforms to speed up patients’ access to innovative medicines, technologies and products. The aim is to make the UK the best place in the world to design, develop and deliver healthcare innovations, with an NHS that embraces the new drugs and technologies that patients need.

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Notts In Parliament DayNottingham’s finest health and life science innovations will be on display at a special event in Westminster next week.

Taking place on Tuesday 25 October, Nottingham in Parliament Day, organised by The University of Nottingham, will showcase and celebrate the institutions, businesses and people that make Nottingham great.


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An online clinician-led psychological family therapy service, which is proven to reduce anxiety levels by 29% and depression levels 35% is being trialled throughout Lincolnshire. 

The project, in collaboration with Healios and Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (LPFT) has come about thanks to funding and support from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN).

People affected by psychosis, as well as their families and carers have traditionally only received family intervention with the worker visiting the family.


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Health staff are being offered advice and training to change the way they talk to patients.

It follows research which shows that patients often don’t take their medications or change their lifestyle after visiting a doctor or nurse, while only about 60 per cent of patients feel they are sufficiently involved in decisions about their care.*

A set of resources has been developed as part of a ‘Better Conversation’ campaign which aims to empower patients to become more active in managing their health.

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SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England investment fund, on Monday (26 September) announced the opening of its autumn competition. Entrepreneurs are invited to apply for up to £1.1 million investment to develop and commercialise innovations with a focus on building general practice of the future.


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The Tomorrow Project, a Nottingham based award winning suicide prevention service will be launching two new services to reduce the risk of suicide today.

The Tomorrow Project was established in South Nottinghamshire in 2012 after a number of deaths to suicide in a local community. By galvanising local support, bereaved families and professionals, The Tomorrow Project was established to deliver services and support to reach people in distress and reduce suicide.

Thanks to funding from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN). The Tomorrow Project will launch two new services to respond to gaps in local provision:

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The country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have come together to deliver the AHSN Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare: an online tool that shares proven innovations that are making a positive difference both to people’s lives and NHS efficiency. It is available at

Launching today at the Health and Care Innovation Expo, the Atlas of Solutions provides a snapshot of some of the country’s best healthcare innovations, describing the problems they were introduced to address and the impressive outcomes to date. The aim is to freely share these examples to speed and scale up the adoption of innovation across health and care.

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Following the huge success of the first year of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) we are pleased to announce that NIA 2016 will open for applications from healthcare innovators on Friday 17 June 2016.

Every year, the NIA looks for the best national and international healthcare innovators.

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The deadline for applications to the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme has been extended to 16 August.

Every year, the NIA looks for the best national and international healthcare innovators, with funding and expert support for selected 'fellows'.

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A ground-breaking intervention to improve junior doctors’ performance – designed in Leicester and developed in Lincolnshire – is attracting global interest and has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

“EPIFFANY” (Effective Performance Insight for the Future) is shortlisted in the Education Team of the Year category at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) awards, to be announced today, (Thursday 5 May).              

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Thousands of people throughout England are to benefit from a ground breaking partnership that is supporting a new national programme to prevent Type 2 diabetes.              

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SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, today announced the launch of the latest SBRI Healthcare competition where up to 12 small business could each benefit from £100,000 Phase 1 product development funding.              

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Mike Hannay Aug 2016 WebEast Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), which is playing a major role in transforming the health of the region’s 4.6m residents, has appointed a new Managing Director.

Professor Mike Hannay will join the EMAHSN from 1st August and will play a key role at the heart of the East Midlands’ healthcare system - working with partners across sectors to transform health services.              

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Impact report 2016 front coverIn its 2016 Impact Report The AHSN Network demonstrates the impact that AHSNs have made collectively to address gaps in health and wellbeing; care and quality; and finance and efficiency as outlined in the Five Year Forward View.

The 15 AHSNs in England have a clear remit to connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, third sector and industry to help create the right conditions to improve health and generate economic growth. They achieve this by, for example, creating partnerships that enable a faster and greater spread of innovation and by fostering opportunities for industry to work effectively with the NHS.

Highlights of the collective impact made in 2015/16 by the AHSN Network are:

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PPIBursary2016 Community and voluntary groups that offer important platforms for patients and the public to shape local health services have received a funding boost from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN).

The eight local ‘Patient and Public Involvement’ (PPI) groups have been awarded £1,500 each to help meet their essential running costs – supporting them to start or continue their vital work to promote patient, carer and public involvement in healthcare / healthcare research and delivery across the East Midlands.

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NHS England has launched its annual stakeholder survey of all Academic Health Science Networks, including EMAHSN.

The first survey was conducted in 2015, and many of you provided really valuable feedback which we have used to shape our work over the past year – directing our resources to support your organisation and make sure we continue to align to your priorities.

The deadline is Friday 16 September and it will take around 10-15 minutes to complete. To complete the survey about the EMAHSN click here.

You can also complete a survey about AHSNs overall by clicking here.

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SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, today announced the companies that will share £4.4 million having successfully reached the next phase (Phase 2) of the clinically-led competition. Six companies will receive a second round of funding to further develop their products which in this competition are focused on addressing challenges in a key area of healthcare including Brain Injury, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Medical Imaging and Outpatient Services.

From 14 companies awarded Phase 1 funding in May 2015, six have demonstrated best value and greatest technical feasibility to a panel of experts looking for innovative technologies with the highest potential value to patients and the health service. The successful companies will now be supported and fully funded to continue with prototype development and product testing.

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SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products that address unmet health needs, today announced the 14 companies that will share £1.4 million funding to develop products that can significantly impact the increasing pressures being put on urgent and emergency care services.

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A ‘call to action’ has been issued to seek mental health innovations that have the potential to transform service user access, experience and clinical outcomes.

Mental health is a key priority for the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) and it is estimated that there are over 1 million East Midlands adults who will experience a mental health problem in 2015, including many older adults living with cognitive impairment, dementia or depression.

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Innovation Awards 2015 Trophies 4Health and social care organisations from across the region have been honoured at this year’s East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Awards.

The seven winning entries highlight the astonishing range of innovations that are improving services and saving lives throughout the region.

The awards, hosted by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), recognise and celebrate the work of the NHS, universities, healthcare companies, charities and other health and social care organisations to develop new, or ensure better delivery of existing healthcare services for local people.

The winners include an App to support young carers, an innovative pump that enables patients to return home more quickly following surgery, and a high-tech scanning technique that allows an autopsy to be conducted without the need for surgery.              

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Results from a YouGov survey commissioned by NHS England, point to the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) as an accessible and responsive organisation that is working collaboratively and is striving to identify and spread innovation at pace and scale.

The surveys of all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) nationally, provided an opportunity for respondents from health, social care, higher education, local government, industry and the third sector, to feed back on their relationship with their local AHSN.

Participants were invited to comment on issues focused around the impact being made by the AHSNs, and the results will be used to understand progress, identify areas for development and good practice that can be shared between the organisations.              

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The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) shines a light on health and social care as finalists from across the region are announced in the second East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare awards.

The shortlist highlights the astonishing range of innovations and ideas developed by frontline healthcare staff, local patients, charities, companies, GP surgeries, hospitals and universities that are transforming the health of the region’s 4.5m residents and stimulating wealth creation.

Competition has been very strong with over 100 entries submitted across six categories; a 16% increase on last year’s entries.              

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Local Diabetes Group get fundingCommunity and voluntary groups that provide important platforms for patients to shape local health services have received a funding boost from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN).

The ten local ‘Patient and Public Involvement’ (PPI) groups have been awarded a total of £15,000 to help meet their running costs – supporting them to continue with their vital work to promote patient, carer and public involvement in healthcare delivery and health research across the East Midlands.

The groups exist to make sure that the experiences of patients and members of the public are at the heart of future decisions about health services. Each of the 10 groups to receive the funding focuses on a key health issue, ranging from cancer and diabetes to mental health, heart disease and dementia.

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ChatHealth image service users textingNHS healthcare teams are being offered a helping hand to introduce a multi-award winning messaging service which provides safe and secure texting between clinicians and service users.

The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network is investing more than £100,000 into the ChatHealth NHS messaging service to encourage frontline teams across the UK to improve access to healthcare using digital platforms. The funding will cover set-up of messaging programmes in a number of NHS Trusts that want to licence use of the innovative messaging service.

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thumb EMAHSN Twitter Display Pictures5Following a ‘call to action’ to identify solutions to one of the East Midlands’ biggest healthcare challenges, three transformational projects are to receive a total of £300,000 funding which will assist with putting these innovations into practice.

With over 23,000 new cases each year, tackling Cancer across the region and efficiently meeting the growing demands which the disease places upon health services is a key priority for the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN). Today’s announcement follows a recent region-wide ‘Innovation Exchange’ event organised by EMAHSN to bring together experts to discuss the challenge and identify innovative solutions. EMAHSN has worked with a range of representatives from the NHS, universities, patient groups, cancer charities and industry.

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During July, NHS England is conducting a survey of all Academic Health Science Networks, providing a key opportunity for stakeholders to feedback on their experience of working with the AHSNs.

The information will be used to understand how the country’s 15 AHSNs can support the individuals and organisations they collaborate with, to deliver on their goal to spread innovation at pace and scale.

There are two surveys – one about the Academic Health Science Networks as a whole and another with some specific questions about the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network. People are invited to take part in either or both surveys.

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Following an international search, NHS England’s Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh has today (Monday 6th July) revealed the 17 ‘fellows’ who will be part of the NHS National Innovation Accelerator programme.

The fellows have all developed world-leading health products, technologies and processes - including two developed in the East Midlands - that will now be rolled out at pace to theatres, hospitals and GP practices across the country, benefiting millions of people.

The fellows were selected from over 120 applications worldwide. To be successful they had to demonstrate that they are healthcare pioneers who have developed new ways of working that are improving the way patients are treated and cared for.


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Big White Wall ImageAn eighteen month pilot scheme that provides online support to people in Derbyshire suffering from common mental health problems, such as work related stress, anxiety and relationship difficulties, has been launched by NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN).

Online support will be provided through Big White Wall, which has already helped more than 30,000 people, including thousands from the UK armed forces community, and is also supported by the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Health and Help for Heroes.

Big White Wall offers free, safe anonymous online support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort of your own home. There is a choice of safe therapeutic services, including self-help courses, also accessible online.

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Trophies from EMAHSN Innovation in Health AwardsOrganisations across the East Midlands are invited to enter an awards scheme that will showcase the incredible work of their staff to transform health and social care services for local people.

The second East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Awards are launched today (22nd June) by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) to recognise and celebrate innovation throughout the region.

Prizes are available across six categories and entries are invited from staff at all levels, especially those on the frontline and at more junior levels who have introduced changes to tackle problems and improve services.

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