The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s (WMAHSN) footprint extends across 13,000 square kilometers of a geographically diverse region, ranging from the intensely urbanised areas of the centre conurbation to the rural counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire in the Welsh Marches, pastoral Warwickshire and Worcester to the south and the rugged Staffordshire Moorlands to the north.
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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.
Improving Medication Safety in care homes using Quality Improvement methods
Marian House Nursing Home (located in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham) successfully implemented a Quality Improvement Project to improve the safety of medicines rounds for residents in their care.
The Volunteer Platform (WAHT Edition)
The Volunteer Platform (WAHT Edition) is a clinical trial management tool developed in partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) and Being Guided. The Platform (to be renamed) aimed to provide an interface between patients and research staff, simplifying practices to improve the experience of patients and staff participating in research.
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Head of Innovation Exchange
The SME Innovation Fund will provide investment and provide excellent links to the NHS, investment community and academic networks. In doing so the fund will support innovations that have the potential to deliver a high impact for society, grow the reputation of the West Midlands health services and lead the adoption of new innovations in the NHS. Successful applicants will get: • Convertible loans of £25,000 - £100,000 • Unparalleled access to future investment capital • Regular mentor workshops from industry experts including experienced life sciences entrepreneurs. • Key contacts in the NHS and healthcare sectors I you would like to discuss the SME fund in more detail please contact the WMAHSN Head of Innovation Exchange, Tammy Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org
Planned surgery in independent sector linked to shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions than in NHS
The findings of the research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) ...