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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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.
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.
Improving interventions and reducing invasive investigations in cardiovascular disease
Despite being one of the most preventable and intervenable health conditions, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is responsible for one in four premature deaths in the UK and accounts for the largest gap in healthy life expectancy. It is identified as the single biggest condition where lives can be saved by the NHS over the next 10 years. As such, the NHS has an ambition to help prevent over 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases over the next 10 years. What innovations could be deployed to help solve this significant, unmet health need?