Each AHSN issues challenges in response to defined NHS needs. They describe the needs of the NHS in a local or national context and are shown on the AHSN page. They set out the market opportunity for an innovator – you can also view all challenges across the AHSN network.
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Digital technology for people with learning disabilities to support happier, healthier lives
The Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme and longstanding reports provide evidence that the signs of health deterioration are not always detected promptly by support workers and, furthermore, that concerns expressed by support workers to health professionals are not always taken seriously or responded to in ways that maximise the potential for good health outcomes. As such, people with a Learning Disability die prematurely with conditions that could have been prevented or amenable to treatment, with commonly occurring causes of death including pneumonia, aspiration pneumonia, sepsis, ischaemic heart disease and epilepsy. There are also a concerning number of deaths due to constipation.
Domiciliary care search for innovations - £100k funding for pilots
The West of England AHSN, South West AHSN and Health Education England South West, are launching an important challenge to find innovative solutions to support the domiciliary social and health care workforce, with £100,000 funding available for pilots in the region. They are looking for innovators from across the country to apply to help in the region.
Innovation call to address LGBT+ health inequalities
The AHSN Network and LGBT Foundation have joined forces to launch a nationwide call for innovations to help address health inequalities facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, many of which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. These challenges are highlighted in our new compilation of evidence of LGBT+ health inequalities. From MedTech and digital apps to improvement programmes, changes in practice and new pathways, we are looking for innovations and innovative approaches already in use or in development. Ground-breaking and inspiring examples of work in this area will be showcased in a report to be published later this year by the AHSN Network and LGBT Foundation, which we hope will support best practice to be spread more widely across health and care services.
Improving detection and management of high cholesterol to prevent cardiovascular disease
Cholesterol-lowering treatment is an effective intervention for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular conditions, such as stroke and myocardial infarction (commonly known as a heart attack). However, many people are unaware they have high cholesterol, or receive sub-optimal treatment for it.
Greater Manchester Research and Innovation Health Accelerator
New Greater Manchester health accelerator programme invites innovative companies to collaborate with NHS and research organisations
£300,000 funding and support programme available for companies with innovative healthcare solutions
Organisations can apply for up to £50,000 for innovations supporting clinical management and remote monitoring through the Health Innovation Manchester Innovation Funds
Learning Disability: A Call To Action
We have launched a ‘call to action’ to third sector, industry and academia partners to seek new and improved ways of tackling the challenges of supporting citizens in Kent, Surrey and Sussex who have a learning disability. The aim of the call is to determine how we could better support our region through delivering new approaches, or to find additional solutions for existing approaches.
Hospital Episode Statistics data service
Wessex AHSN has access to a platform that allows our staff to query and interrogate Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data. HES data is a database containing details of all admissions, ED attendances and outpatient appointments at NHS hospitals in England. Access to this data allows us to quantify the existing scale and costs of specific patient pathways, which can be used by innovators as a lever for change to demonstrate the improvements they can bring to the NHS.
Prevention of ill health
Combatting preventable causes of disease is a key NHS priority. According to the King’s Fund, seven in ten adults do not follow the NHS-recommended guidelines on tobacco, alcohol, diet and physical activity, which contribute to such health conditions as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and poor mental health. NHS organisations need to collaborate with local authorities and other partners to provide the tools, support and education to help south Londoners tackle the causes of poor health, live healthier lifestyles and close the physical and mental health gap.