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SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, today announced a further 11 companies will benefit from SBRI Healthcare funding this year in a competition to address challenges in older people with multiple-morbidities. Looking to accelerate the development and NHS adoption of new technologies, the £1 million phase 1 award will be shared by small businesses working in the priority problem areas of: Falls, Incontinence and Decline in Functional Ability.

With awards of up to £100,000 each, the successful companies (and supporting Academic Health Science Network) are:
             

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Dr Ossie Newell MBE, LLD pledging to fly the flag for strokeThe East Midlands Academic Health Science Network is urging Clinical Commissioning Groups to sign up to a pledge ensuring that stroke is kept on the local and national health agenda.

The EMAHSN Stroke Rehabilitation programme team is meeting East Midlands commissioners at an event [17 June 2015] in Nottingham.

The event; 'Reducing the burden of stroke in the Community – Commissioning for improvement' is being held at the East Midlands Conference Centre and will ensure that provision of care for stroke survivors in the community is reviewed by East Midlands commissioners.

             

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A new report highlights the transformational contribution being made by the country's 15 Academic Health Science Networks – including the East Midlands – to driving innovation, improving health and promoting economic growth.

The report "Spreading Innovation, Improving Health, Promoting Economic Growth" is launched today (3 June) at the NHS Confed Annual Conference and Exhibition in Liverpool.

It sets out a series of case studies from the across the AHSN network, which provide a snapshot of the organisations' work to connect the NHS, academics, researchers and industry to spread innovation, improve health and generate economic growth.

             

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Woman close up inhaler webA report by Asthma UK has found that just 13% of East Midlands residents with asthma are receiving care that meets all recommended standards and only 19% have an up to date asthma action plan – which could be putting their lives at unnecessary risk.

Coinciding with World Asthma Day, an event for 150 healthcare professionals from throughout the East Midlands takes place this Thursday (14 May) in Nottingham to share best practice and help ensure patients receive up to date asthma information and advice.

The event is hosted by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) and the East Midlands Respiratory Programme team (see Notes to Editors).              

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A ground-breaking training project for junior doctors – developed in Leicester and soon to be launched in Lincolnshire - is being showcased to a global audience of health experts at an international event on Friday 24 April.

"ePIFFany" is the only East Midlands initiative to be showcased via a workshop at the prestigious International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare, in London between 21 and 24 April.

             

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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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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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