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Supporting the response to COVID-19

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Now that our partners across the NHS and social care are mobilising at scale in response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the role of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) is to support them by helping them take full advantage of the most relevant innovations and technologies that can improve care for patients and support our services in this challenging context.

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Digital innovations tested for vulnerable people during COVID-19

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People who are particularly vulnerable or isolated as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak could soon benefit from a range of innovative digital solutions selected as part of the TechForce19 challenge. NHSX and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have announced 18 digital solutions that have been awarded funding under the TechForce19 challenge.…

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Testing platform launched to support target of 100,000 COVID-19 tests per day

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A new platform has been set up to support the drive to achieve 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of April – the platform can be found here. The platform is a partnership between the Department of Health and Social Care, the UK Bioindustry Association, British In Vitro Diagnostics Association and the Royal…

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Innovator Mark Moran MBE presenting The WaterDrop at the 2018 Expo

West of England innovator tapped to transform England’s NHS through national acceleration

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The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has announced today (5 March 2020) 11 high impact innovations joining the national accelerator in 2020, including one developed here in the West of England: The WaterDrop.

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For a greener NHS

Net zero carbon: for a greener NHS

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The climate emergency is a health emergency, and the whole of the NHS is being encouraged to tackle this crisis as part of the ‘For a greener NHS’ campaign.

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MediLink award winners

West of England innovators win Healthcare Innovation Awards

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On Thursday 6 February, three of our previous Health Innovation Programme attendees won at the Medilink South West Healthcare Innovation Awards 2020.

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Alan Bec: diversity in innovation

Diversity in Innovation: Alan Bec’s story

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Alan Bec, Founder of the Wellbeing Indicator Badge (wib) and graduate from our West of England AHSN Health Innovation Programme is one of the innovators featured in the recently published AHSN Network Diversity in innovation report. Alan shares his story of living with chronic fatigue syndrome and developing the wib as a shorthand way to…

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Innovators from the Diversity report

AHSN Network publishes report celebrating diversity

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The AHSN Network has published a new report celebrating diversity across the Network, and setting out pledges to support diversity more.

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Health and Care Innovation Expo

Five things I learned at Expo

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Last week over 5,000 NHS managers, clinicians and innovators descended on Manchester to attend the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo. Here are five things Lauren Hoskin, our Communications and Marketing Officer, learned over the two day conference. 1. The AHSN Network is taking diversity and equality seriously At Expo, Richard Stubbs, CEO at Yorkshire…

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Andrew Turner

Understanding the unintended consequences of healthcare apps

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Dr Andrew Turner, Senior Research Associate, CLAHRC West, discusses the move towards ‘digital first’ care, the possible unintended consequences of healthcare apps, and how the DECODE study aims to improve the adoption of a range of digital health tools in primary care by understanding these unintended consequences. We all know that people are living longer,…

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