Leadership agreement signing Karen Lynas and Rachel MuntonThe East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), NHS Leadership Academy and the East Midlands Leadership Academy (EMLA), have signed a unique national partnership agreement, embedding clear commitment and leadership in the NHS. The collaboration signals the three organisations’ shared commitment to develop leadership skills within the NHS to help champion and speed up the process of transformation and innovation, improving patient access, experience and outcomes.

The initiative will support development, not just throughout the East Midlands region, but also nationally through the EMAHSN offering system-wide support to the other 14 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England. The agreement is a commitment to work in partnership for leadership development research and evaluation, and liaison between the AHSNs, Leadership Academy and Local Delivery Partners of the NHS Leadership Academy headed up by EMLA.

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Healthcare organisations and universities across the region have been honoured at the inaugural 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, launched by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), recognise and celebrate the work of NHS, health and social care organisations to develop new - and ensure better delivery of existing - healthcare services for local people.

The winners include a tool to improve survival chances of people suffering heart attacks, a messaging service benefiting 100,000 school children and wrist bands that are reducing deaths. Over 90 entries were submitted and the finalists showcase an incredible depth of frontline innovation. The winners – who each receive £2,000 to help develop their innovation - are:


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SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products that address unmet health needs, has launched the latest SBRI Healthcare competition which aims to accelerate development and NHS adoption of new technologies. In the second tranche of funding this year, a further £2.5 million is on offer to companies working in the priority healthcare areas; Brain Injury; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Diabetic Foot Ulcers; Imaging; and Outpatient Services.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare works with leading healthcare players to identify priority areas where technology can be applied to address major healthcare 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. Successful projects are fully funded through three phases of development - proof of concept, product development and delivery in the marketplace.


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Health and social care organisations across the region have been shortlisted in the inaugural East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare awards.

The shortlist highlights the astonishing range of innovations developed by local hospitals and universities that are improving services and saving lives throughout the region – with the potential to be expanded throughout the UK and abroad.


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Members are being sought for a new East Midlands body that aims to place patients at the very heart of health service decision making.

The Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Senate, which is being set up by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, will act as a sounding board and critical friend to NHS trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and other healthcare organisations, ensuring that the voices of patients are central to decision making at all levels.


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Rachel HSJ awardsA Nottingham woman has received national recognition for her inspirational role in driving the transformation of healthcare services across the East Midlands.

Rachel Munton, Managing Director of the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), is described by the judges of the annual Inspirational Women awards as an "utterly amazing" person who has "created wide ripples of influence and impact" throughout her 30 year career.

Rachel is one of 50 women from around the country honoured at the awards, organised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) to recognise and celebrate the role of outstanding, passionate and innovative women who are driving change within the NHS.


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There is still time to enter an awards scheme that recognises and celebrates innovation in healthcare throughout the East Midlands.

Sponsored by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), cash prizes are available across a range of categories in the Innovation in Healthcare Awards.


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An East Midlands company has won a top award at the annual Medilink Innovation Day awards.

Daventry-based B&V Group were winners of the 'Working with the NHS' category which was sponsored by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.


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We are now inviting expressions of interest from appropriately qualified and experienced staff within the existing East Midlands clinical research community to become Programme Lead for the Increasing Research Participation programme working in partnership with, and the support of, NIHR CRN: East Midlands and wider research communities.


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Our annual report for 2013-2014 has been published, and provides a snapshot of our work over the past year to transform the health of our 4.5m East Midlands residents and stimulate wealth creation.

The report focuses on our work with partners both regionally and nationally, and showcases just a few of of our transformational projects, including stroke rehabilitation.


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