The AHSN Network has supported many innovators to help advance our health and care system. Find out more about successful innovations supported by the NHS.
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We are a small team united by a common cause – a deep commitment to supporting sustainable healthcare and transforming the delivery of care to patients living with multimorbidity through use of technology and new ways of working. We combine a wealth of knowledge to bring a variety of perspectives and complementary skills to the challenges of the evolving face of NHS Primary Care and work in harmony with forward thinking GP practices and clinicians who share our passion for such innovation.
Refero - Remote consultation to connect care providers, better support people at home
Refero connects clinical workforces to patients, other carers and citizens, quickly, simply and cost effectively. It has been proven to work across organisational boundaries and is now NHS approved and is designed to work with standard technology toolsets already used.
Supporting care home staff to look after their wellbeing during a pandemic: the My Wellbeing training programme
The HIN partnered with training provider Hayat Consultancy to run a pilot online training course for care home staff in south London to improve mental wellbeing. This was intended to support care home staff who were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Current technology solutions are focusing on providing trusts with platforms to facilitate the recruitment and the allocation of NHS bank staff. However, there are not enough NHS bank staff to cover all vacancies. Bank staff can only work 48 hours per week, so most vacancies are still assigned to agencies. The NHS long-term plan aims to reduce agency spend and Rohme provides a model that enables agencies to be more efficient and cost-effective.
ioniTOUCH antimicrobial keyboards and mice: a cost effective tool for infection control
Health Innovation Manchester has supported Diamond Electronics in understanding the NHS landscape, validate the need for the product and brokered introductions for gathering feedback. The ioniTOUCH keyboards have been presented and attracted interest from NHS procurement specialists, infection control, Laboratory and Informatics teams in the region. It was clear that the challenges faced by infection control teams regarding transmission of bacteria through frequently touched surfaces was incredibly important, and keyboards are considered a high risk, if not cleaned properly. Support has led us to enter a procurement framework and will enable us to gather more real-world feedback the keyboards have been placed in locations around Manchester. So far the response has been incredibly positive, keyboards being received well by users, especially in theatres and treatment rooms and we have received orders from clinical research laboratories and dentists across the UK.
Lantum is a digital workforce management platform that transforms how healthcare organisations manage their workforce, end-to-end. It is the only platform to offer connected scheduling – with a staff bank, rota tool and clinician network all in one place. It makes it easy to source, schedule and mobilise staff across organisational boundaries to improve service delivery while making significant savings on administration time and agency costs (with one client on track to save £1.1 million in the first year). Lantum is an essential foundation for healthcare organisations to deliver on the NHS plan to provide more integrated services.
ShinyMind - interactive wellbeing and resilience resource.
ShinyMind is a uniquely interactive mindset resource co-created with the Walton Centre NHS FT, which improves wellbeing, resilience and teamwork, delivered via a mobile application and wellbeing campaign. Independent research shows it to reduces everyday stress and anxiety, leaving people feeling happier and more productive. Its foundation is a blend of science and research carried out by our leadership psychotherapists into what makes your people feel better, their teams work better and ultimately sees organisations perform better. Already used by thousands of NHS staff across the country, ShinyMind has unique community messaging functions creating connection and support within teams and organisations.
Malinko - intelligent e-scheduling for community healthcare
Built with and for clinicians, Malinko is the world’s first clinical e-scheduling system for the delivery of clinical services in the community. Designed to complement EPR systems, Malinko is already helping 15 NHS organisations and local authorities to improve scheduling and management of their distributed workforce (capacity) and patient needs (demand) in a community setting - improving productivity, service delivery, staff safety and patient outcomes whilst reducing clinical risk and the cost of delivering community services.
A happier workforce leads to better patient outcomes and improved performance. ImproveWell is a digital solution for staff engagement and collaboration, improving quality in healthcare. Together, its three feedback systems boost staff morale and empower the frontline to drive change. 24/7 everyone can: suggest ideas for improvement; share how their day at work is going; and complete pulse surveys. An intelligent dashboard helps programme leads to capture real-time data, track workforce sentiment, prioritise quality improvement efforts, and publish reports completing the feedback loop.
Rehabilitation EnAblement in CHronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF)
REACH-HF (Rehabilitation EnAblement in CHronic Heart Failure) is a facilitated evidence based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and self-management programme for use at home. It comprises the ‘heart failure manual’, a relaxation CD, a choice of exercise (walking programme or a chair-based DVD) a 'progress tracker' for patients, and a ‘family and friends resource’ for caregivers.
Engage - employee engagement app
NHS staff have been under significant pressure during the Covid-19 pandemic with many managers working at home. At a time when internal comms and employee engagement has never been more important, it can be challenging to keep staff supported and updated. Now many trusts are starting to be creative about their colleague engagement. Whether you want to give staff live updates on infection prevention or information about health and wellbeing initiatives in the Trust, this app can help.
WorkPAL - digital performance empowerment tool
WorkPAL is our flagship digital performance empowerment platform. We use cloud technology to provide modern and secure tools for HR and OD professionals, NHS managers and executives to provide real-time data and reporting on workforce performance and productivity. We provide timely, consistent data and a robust audit trail about how staff are working to achieve organisational objectives, and who is working within the leadership narrative of values, behaviours, goals.