The AHSNs are catalysts working to create the conditions needed to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies. We spread innovation at pace and scale to achieve our goals of improving health, driving down the cost of care and stimulating economic growth.
‘Bridging the gap’ between health providers, commissioners and industry, the AHSN Network is developing an innovation pipeline from research and development through to commercialisation.
We invest time and resources into collaborating with industry and not-for-profit innovators to support and develop value propositions for proven products and services, and to make introductions to the NHS. This helps patients benefit from improved products and services faster, and supports economic growth by making it easier for industry to do business with the NHS.
Demonstrating what this looks like in practice, here are some recent examples from our ‘Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare’ of this work in action:
A new point of care blood testing device is being introduced into frontline NHS services after an evaluation at three hospitals showed that it reduced A&E waiting times and helped clinicians make quicker decisions and get it right first time. The Oxford AHSN study found the device speeded up antibiotic prescribing decisions in three-quarters of cases involving common childhood illnesses such as fever and abdominal pain. Read more.
Supported by the West of England and South West AHSNs, Plessey has developed a low cost, easy to use, lead-one ECG device known as imPulse™, to assist primary and secondary care staff in the automatic identification of atrial fibrillation (AF). Read more.
Liverpool is leading the way in the use of smartphone technology to deliver and monitor care in people’s homes. Through the EU STOPandGO programme, of which the Innovation Agency (the AHSN for the North West Coast) was a key partner, almost all domiciliary care providers are using a new digital app – giving instant information about 9,000 vulnerable residents to their families and professionals. Read more.
Kaido Wellbeing is a Health Engagement platform designed to support business employees in taking greater control of their physical, mental and social wellbeing. The West Midlands AHSN has supported Kaido since 2016 as part of their Digital Health Accelerator. Initially support was focussed on idea creation and market research, before moving to focus on important access to early stage funding. Read more.
An adverse clinical event, patient safety incident or medical error can have a far-reaching impact not only for the patient and their families; the first victims, but also the healthcare professionals involved. These are sometimes referred to as ‘second victims’. The East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative funded the University of Leicester to develop a Second Victim Support Unit within the Children’s Hospital at University Hospitals Leicester to test whether models of support established in the US could be successfully transferred to UK health settings. Read more.
The North East & North Cumbria Patient Safety Collaborative has supported an initiative to resource the Police Force Control Room with a Mental Health Nurse to help police officers in dealing with the large volume of calls relating to mental health or suicide and/or self-harm. Read more.
The East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative supported a demonstrator project to prevent and manage Delirium in an acute surgical setting. This initiative has been successful in reducing hospital length of stay, nursing time and associated costs to the health and care system. Read more.
For the first time the NHS can accurately measure the number of patients admitted to hospital who are at risk of sepsis. The Suspicion of Sepsis (SOS) Insights Dashboard was created by Imperial College Health Partners in collaboration with NHS Improvement and NHS England, building on the methodology for measuring sepsis previously published by Oxford AHSN. Read more.
Founded by two junior doctors with first-hand knowledge of the detriment to patient safety from staff shortages, Locum’s Nest is a digital platform enabling hospitals to access their own staff easily for extra shifts, dramatically reducing agency dependence. Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN provided invaluable advice to the Locum’s Nest team on gaining traction within the NHS, helping them to frame the app’s relevance to STP priorities. Read more.
Evaluating the impact of a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber (PIP) working in a Learning Disability Community Treatment Team
Supported by the North East & North Cumbria Patient Safety Collaborative, this project has been able to release psychiatry time, while focusing on improving quality of life for people with a learning disability or autism, or both. Read more.
Health and Care Videos has created the largest collection of video interventions in the health and care sector in the UK, supporting patients and carers to self-manage, reducing demand and increasing the capacity of staff. With support since 2015 from the South West AHSN, Health and Care Videos now covers the UK and is attracting interest internationally. Read more.
The South West and West of England AHSNs led the establishment of local partnerships of primary care organisations (Community Education Provider Networks or CEPNs), which coordinate education and support workforce planning in the South West. Between 2016 and 2018, the two AHSNs provided vital expertise, stakeholder relations and management know-how to deliver the programme outcomes in collaboration with Health Education England. Read more.
Following on from extensive Learning from Deaths work, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust agreed to be an early adopter of the new Medical Examiners system, supported by the Patient Safety Collaborative for the North East and North Cumbria. Read more.
Read more case studies at atlas.ahsnnetwork.com.