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.
If your innovation doesn’t fit any of the active challenges, then this is the place to submit your innovation. By submitting here you will be able to access our WMAHSN specialist innovation services and share your innovation across the WM. We can support you to gain feedback, explore opportunities and gain expert advise and support around key issues relating to your idea or innovation.
West Mercia Rural 5G Test Bed – Industry Call for Life Sciences Sector Innovators
Rural areas of England are often the poor relations of their urban neighbours when it comes to the roll out of digital infrastructure. Both superfast broadband and mobile services in rural areas still lack the coverage and quality that residents have come to expect across the majority of the population. Deployment to rural areas is often expensive, technically difficult and so commercially unattractive for network operators. At the same time local authorities (LAs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in rural areas are facing increasing demands for their services from an aging population at a time when their funding has been under increasing pressure. Maintaining current approaches to service delivery is not sustainable and alternative models are required.