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.

The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) is providing 18 months funding to March 2018 to support the launch of two new services to respond to gaps in local provision:

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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