We are one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) in England. AHSNs: • work with the NHS, higher education, local government and industry organisations in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to spread innovation, improve health and generate economic growth. • are catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale - improving health, generating economic growth and helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies. • connect regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry - responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration. • create the right environment for relevant industries to work with the health and social care system.
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People are now living far longer, but extra years of life are not always spent in good health. They are more likely to live with multiple long-term conditions, or live into old age with frailty or dementia, so that on average older men now spend 2.4 years and women spend 3 years with ‘substantial’ care needs. We are looking for innovations to contribute to changing how we care for those with frailty, as well as looking upstream to how we can prevent or delay people becoming frail.
Working with the NHS, Health Navigator helps predict and prevent avoidable urgent and emergency care, by combining artificial intelligence with proactive health coaching. This helps address the £6bn challenge of patients who frequently present at A&E as a result of not receiving the sort of holistic care (support, social services, referrals to planned care) that could have avoided the need for them to return. In addition to significantly improved patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), some deployments in NHS environments have shown: a 59% decrease in unplanned admissions; 52% reduction in A&E attendances; and nearly 40% reduction in total hospital costs for their patients (including bed days, NELs, attendances).
Locum’s Nest is a temporary staffing management platform to help address the NHS workforce challenge. It combines advanced mobile technology with personal service to connect doctors to locum work in healthcare organisations. This streamlines work efficiency and saves time, ensuring patient needs are met faster and by the appropriate professional.
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Dunhill Medical Trust - Project Grants
The Dunhill Trust is keen to support high quality research projects which are smaller than can be managed by the Research Councils or fall outside their priority themes but are important to understanding the mechanisms of ageing, treating disease and frailty and identifying and developing new and effective ways to improve the lives of older people. Research areas include: bioscience underpinning the mechanisms of ageing; research relating to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of health services and social care delivery for older people; research relating to improving technology and the built environment, to meet the needs of an ageing population; behavioural research; clinical and applied research; health services research; public health research;
Win rapid, UX prototyping for your HealthTech idea
Healthtech Digital agency Glow New Media is offering Doctorpreneurs, Innovators or anyone with a concept for improving healthcare with apps, software, screens and tech the chance to turn their concept into an early stage UX prototype.