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NHS groups in the East Midlands are today (Thursday 26 March) being invited to put themselves forward to partner up with top innovators from around the world to trial new technologies, digital services and other innovations with the potential to deliver big benefits to patients and taxpayers alike.

NHS England and the Government are calling for expressions of interest from innovators from any sector in the UK and overseas who want to test their ideas to deliver health services in better ways at scale, and in a real clinical setting.

Working in partnership with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, the programme will identify up to five 'test beds' that will receive national support to implement high potential innovations that respond to local clinical needs. These test beds may include combinations of GPs, hospitals, community health teams, social care and the voluntary sector, and will range from small groups to whole areas.              

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EMAHSN HEI Challenge Award low resTen universities and one charity have been awarded £250,000 to develop healthcare education and build the region's reputation as a great place to study, train and work.

The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), in partnership with Health Education East Midlands, has awarded £250,000 to the organisations that educate professionals (nurses, doctors and radiographers etc) across the East Midlands, as part of its first ever Higher Education Institution (HEI) Challenge Award.

The award will support local universities to develop their ways of working together, to share, develop, showcase and spread their work relating to healthcare training and education. The funding will be used in three main areas:

1. Involving patients and carers in shaping course content, developing teaching tools and materials, offering feedback, and role play in simulated learning scenarios, helping ensure future professionals are better able to meet the healthcare needs of East Midlands residents

2. Using technology to develop new ways of working in education such as high quality online content, educational games, electronic portfolios and personal development plans, and social networking for patient-patient, clinician-patient or clinician-clinician communication and interaction. In addition to this there will be the use of mobile technologies for just in time access to learning resources

3. Improving understanding and team working between different professions and fields of expertise through shared learning experiences. There will be clear collaboration across the involved institutions

The organisations all contribute to the education and training of health professionals in the East Midlands: University of Derby, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, University of Lincoln, Loughborough University, The University of Northampton, The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, along with The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. They will be supported by Education for Health, the world's leading charity involved with the education of health professionals, who focus on training as a key factor in improving patient health and quality of life. It will be the first time all 11 organisations have worked together across the whole region on a joint project.              

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Chris Hart Diabetes Innovation Exchange Web
A 'call to action' has been issued to seek new and improved ways of tackling one of the East Midlands' biggest healthcare challenges – diabetes. The National Diabetes Information Service has stated that over 280,000 people with the condition live in the East Midlands and it currently costs nearly £65 million every year in medicines alone.

The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) today issued the call for proposals, with significant funding set aside to support innovative projects related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

EMAHSN's call for proposals aims to identify innovations that can be quickly spread throughout the region, helping reduce diabetes and ease treatment, all with the focus on improving patients' lives.
             

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A ground-breaking project to reduce the risk of patients being prescribed the wrong medication is set to be rolled out across 150 East Midlands GP practices following a major funding award.

Thousands of people across the East Midlands – including elderly and vulnerable patients – will benefit from the initiative, called 'PINCER' (see note to editors).

The project is led by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust supported by the University of Lincoln, University of Nottingham, the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network and 17 of the region's Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The partnership has just received a major boost with the announcement of a £500,000 funding award from the Health Foundation with a further £117,000 already pledged by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.
             

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PINCER project logoA ground-breaking project to reduce the risk of patients being prescribed the wrong medication is being rolled out across 150 East Midlands general practices - with plans to increase this to 500 by the end of 2016.

National statistics show that 1 in 20 prescriptions contain an error and lead to 1 in 25 of all admissions to hospital. With this in mind ‘PINCER’ is being rolled out across the region to GPs with support from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN).
             

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We're pleased to announce that there are a small number of funded places available for cohort 9 of the innovative Information Analysts' Development Programme. Starting on the 3rd March 2016 this is one of the few programmes available in the UK that has been designed specifically for NHS Information Analysts.

The course fees have been funded by EMAHSN.
             

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The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and the national network of Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), have announced work on a formal programme of activity between the two organisations.
             

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Glen Howard receiving the Health Education England Award 2016Glen Howard, Project Manager with EMAHSN’s Health Analytics and Informatics programme, has been awarded Training Programme Director of the year by Health Education England East Midlands (HEE EM).
             

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EMAHSN is supporting an NHS England initiative to help healthcare pioneers develop and scale their tried and tested innovations across parts of the NHS. Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's Medical Director, has launched the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme.

The programme will focus on the conditions and cultural change needed to enable the NHS to adopt innovations at scale and pace, aiming to improve outcomes and give patients more equitable access to the latest products, services and technology.

As outlined in the Five Year Forward View, the NHS is facing many pressures, including an aging population, more long-term conditions, rising costs and constrained budgets. State-of-the-art development, cost-effective solutions and new ways of delivering care are essential to improving patient outcomes and the health of the nation. The programme will help to deliver these priorities and to further develop our country's proud history of healthcare innovation.
             

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The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) are seeking innovative solutions to diagnose and treat cancer – and there are two weeks left to claim a share of the funding. We've issued a call for proposals with funding of up to £300,000 available – the deadline is Monday 26 January.

The initiative coincides with NHS England's announcement (11 January) of a national task force that will look at ways to improve cancer survival rates and help save thousands more lives throughout the country.

Cancer is one of the biggest health challenges facing the East Midlands, affecting 23,000 people across the region every year. One in every three East Midlands residents is likely to be diagnosed with cancer during their lives – and a quarter will not survive.              

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