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Introducing Alex Leach as Acting Director of Innovation and Growth

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Alex Leach has been appointed as Acting Director of Innovation and Growth at the West of England AHSN, taking over from Nigel Harris who retired earlier in the summer. Alex joined the AHSN in 2019 as Deputy Director of Innovation and Growth and, during this time, has led our Future Challenges Programme which evaluated promising…

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West of England AHSN Health Innovation Programme (HIP) – applications open!

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Applications for the West of England AHSN’s Health Innovation Programme (HIP) are now open. This intensive, fully funded training programme is suitable for early to mid-stage healthcare / life sciences innovators or entrepreneurs, (from clinical, lived experience or commercial backgrounds), who are seeking support for a health-based product or service. Products / services must have…

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Testing the potential of AI logistics technology to support the home care workforce

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A new evaluation programme has started in the South West to test the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) logistics technology, which aims to transform planning for providers of domiciliary social and health care and improve the working lives of their staff – and ultimately, the quality of service provided to patients in their own homes.…

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Innovate Awards 2022 finalists announced

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The finalists for The Innovate Awards 2022 have been revealed following a rigorous round of judging over the summer, and we’re pleased to report that four projects from the West of England are on the shortlist. Organised by NHS Confederation and The AHSN Network, the inaugural Innovate Awards saw a grand total of 194 entries…

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Applications for the NHS Innovation Accelerator are now open

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The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks and the Accelerated Access Collaborative – has launched its call for applications representing high impact, evidence-based innovations. The call is open to local, national and international healthcare innovations supported by passionate individuals from any background,…

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Radii Devices secures £494k grant from Innovate UK’s Biomedical Catalyst Fund

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Radii Devices – a company which develops technology to improve the fit of external medical devices, and which began its journey on our Health Innovation Programme (HIP) in 2020, has successfully secured investment to fund multi-centre clinical trials. The innovative technology, which improves the fit of medical devices that connect with the skin such as…

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Anne Pullyblank to step down as West of England AHSN Medical Director

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Anne Pullyblank will be stepping down from her role as the AHSN’s Medical Director and a member of our board in the autumn. Anne has been involved with the West of England AHSN since we were first established, and has played an important role in shaping how we work, building our collaborative approach to lead…

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Shining a light on bladder and bowel health

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Ahead of World Continence Week 2022, Professor Nikki Cotterill talks about her experience of working in partnership with us to identify the needs of people affected by bladder & bowel conditions – and calls for change for those affected. I have worked in the field of continence research for almost twenty years now and, since…

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New report highlights support needed for people affected by bladder and bowel conditions

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A new insights and key learnings report, presenting the lived experiences of people affected by bladder and bowel control issues, has been published. Voices for Change is the result of a partnership project between the West of England AHSN, the Bladder and Bowel Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT) at Bristol Health Partners and Disruptive Thinking.…

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Nigel Harris announces retirement as Director of Innovation and Growth

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Nigel Harris, our Director of Innovation and Growth, has announced he will be retiring at the end of June 2022. Nigel joined the West of England AHSN in March 2019 and during the last three years has led the Innovation and Growth team through a period of significant change and development, including the establishment of…

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