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Talking innovation with Birmingham City University

Talking innovation with Birmingham City University

8 November 2017

Susannah Goh, Director of the Institute for Health and Quality of Life at Birmingham City University, tells the WMAHSN what makes the Institute so innovative, what it has achieved and why it chose to become one of the very first organisations to join WMAHSN's premium membership scheme.

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Young people join campaigning politician to shape mental health strategy

Young people join campaigning politician to shape mental health strategy

3 November 2017

The WMAHSN has been commissioned to develop a strategy report to develop an integrated systems-wide approach to support the prevention of mental ill-health. The strategy uses an evidence-based approach underpinned by the key principles of co-design, co-production and sustainability to identify key recommendations for focused work. Here, WMAHSN's Mental Health Programme Lead, Sarah Appleby, explores how a recent workshop gave young people the valuable opportunity to input into the strategy.

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Patients must be at the heart of the NHS – and of innovation

Patients must be at the heart of the NHS – and of innovation

10 October 2017

In the latest instalment of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) series sharing research and real-world insight, Dr Amanda Begley explains why health innovators must adopt the core principles of the NHS Constitution, ensuring that the patient is at the heart of everything they do.

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The difference a medical device can make - an engineer's view

The difference a medical device can make - an engineer's view

8 June 2017

David Black's background is in engineering and computing, and he has worked for a range of companies such as Oxford Magnet Technology, in the early days of MRI, to Shell Global Solutions on product development. He is currently developing a career in the digital world by gaining skills in machine learning and enjoying his ongoing passion for writing - here sharing an engineer's perspective of using a urinary catheter.

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Innovation supply and demand: never the twain shall meet?

Innovation supply and demand: never the twain shall meet?

26 April 2017

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with the country’s 15 AHSNs, which supports delivery of the Five Year Forward View. Co-founder of the NIA, Dr Amanda Begley, here introduces a new series of research and real-world insight from the NIA, which addresses what it will take for supply and demand for innovation in healthcare to be better matched.

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