Mike Hannay Aug 2016 WebA former Vice President of AstraZeneca has been appointed to a key national health role - less than a year after joining the NHS.

Professor Mike Hannay is to take up the position of Chair of the national AHSN Network, a collaborative of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Mike was previously the Vice-chair of the Network.

Mike’s new role will operate alongside his current position as Managing Director of the East Midlands AHSN, a post he took up in July 2016.

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Life sciencesWelcoming today’s announcement (30 August 2017) on the future of life sciences in the UK, Vice Chair of the national AHSN Network, Professor Mike Hannay said:

“This is great news for patients, the NHS and our life sciences sector. The right agreement between the Government and the life sciences industry will help build the UK’s status as a world leader in this sector and England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks stand ready to continue to accelerate the spread and adoption of innovation to improve patient health and save money.

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QbTest child using the Qbtech systemEMAHSN is working with international company Qbtech Ltd to spread the use of an innovative computerised test for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

‘QbTest’ is the only CE marked and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared, ADHD test that measures attention, impulsivity and motor activity all at the same time – a core requirement for accurate and timely diagnosis of ADHD.

The pioneering project is being rolled out during 2017 within 7 sites across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

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Q London November15 Day2 356smallerApplications are now open from today (3rd August 2017) until Monday 11th September 2017 to become a member of the Q community (formerly Q fellows) in the East Midlands.

What is Q?

Q is an initiative connecting people who have health and care improvement expertise across the UK. It is being led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement.

Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. To achieve this, the Health Foundation is creating opportunities for people to come together and form a community - sharing ideas, enhancing skills, and collaborating to make health and care better.


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NHS England has confirmed its intention to relicense England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks.

NHS England’s Board met on 21 July and considered a report from National Director of Strategy and Innovation Ian Dodge, which highlights the AHSNs’ significant impact and outlines how this can be the launch pad for an even more influential future role as the NHS ‘centrepiece for innovation’.

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AARLogoThe government has announced a major initiative to drive the rapid uptake of health innovation – with a central role for AHSNs.

The announcement, by the Office for Life Sciences, confirms that England’s 15 AHSNs will coordinate ‘Innovation Exchanges’ to help innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments and medical technologies to reach patients faster.

England's 15 AHSNs - including the East Midlands - will share £39M to run the Innovation Exchanges over 3 years, as part of an £86M Government initiative to help introduce and spread innovations that will help patients across the NHS.

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June 22nd was the date of the first East Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s (EMAHSN) Business Intelligence and Analytics in the NHS and Social Care event.

Over 85 delegates attended the event at Trent Vineyard in Nottingham which included Analysts and Managers from around the East Midlands and beyond. The feedback on the day was that this was a resounding success, with attendees coming away enthused with new ideas on how data can be used to improve the care for patients.

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InvolveLincsMembers of the public are invited to the first Lincolnshire patient, carer and public networking event to inform and inspire patients to become more involved with their health services.

Organised by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) in conjunction with Lincolnshire NHS organisations, local people are invited to attend a free event on Saturday 15 July 2017, 9:15am3:30pm at the New Life Conference Centre in Sleaford, NG34 7JP.


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NHS England logoAnnounced at June's NHS Confederation conference by Simon Stevens, NHS England has revealed two new opportunities on the Innovation and Technology Payment programme and NHS Innovation Accelerator.


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Love your liver logo British Liver TrustNottingham has highest rate of hospital admissions for liver disease in England

Nottingham has three times the national average hospital admissions for liver disease – making it the highest admission rate in England. Most liver disease can be prevented with earlier diagnosis and the national charity, the British Liver Trust is visiting the region to raise awareness.


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