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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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