October 2016

New stage for Patient Safety Collaboratives at London event

New stage for Patient Safety Collaboratives at London event

31 October 2016

The West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative is one of 15 AHSN Patient Safety Collaboratives playing a major role at the annual Patient First event. The Collaboratives are hosting a new Best Practice theatre at the conference and exhibition, which takes place at London’s ExCeL on 22 and 23 November.

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Midlands Engine leads trade delegation to Arab Health 2017

Midlands Engine leads trade delegation to Arab Health 2017

26 October 2016

The Midlands Engine initiative aims to boost economic growth across the region through enhanced trade and investment. By joining the Midlands Engine Group Arab Health delegation, led by experienced Midlands-based trade advisers, you will be able to visit the show and participate in pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with overseas commercial advisers and buyers.

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Pharmacy research charity seeks new advisory panel members

Pharmacy research charity seeks new advisory panel members

26 October 2016

Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) is the principle funder of pharmacy research in the UK. The Scientific Advisory Panel provides strategic advice to PRUK's Board of Trustees and they are looking to recruit a new expert member and two members of the public to the panel.

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Application process to re-open for funded Genomics Master’s places

Application process to re-open for funded Genomics Master’s places

26 October 2016

The application process is to restart for all funded Genomics Master’s, CPPD, PG Diploma and PG Certificate places for courses starting in early 2017. After rapidly filling funded places this autumn, the GEP is pleased to be able to reopen the funding application process for all courses starting in early 2017.

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Call for digital healthcare conference participation

Call for digital healthcare conference participation

24 October 2016

The West Midlands Health Informatics Network (WIN) is holding its third annual conference on 24 January 2017 at the University of Warwick. In order to connect delegates with organisations who provide relevant products, research or services, WIN is currently inviting organisations to exhibit throughout the day. They are also inviting organisations to consider the inexpensive sponsorship options available.

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AHSN Network supports ambitions to make the UK a world-leader in healthcare innovation

AHSN Network supports ambitions to make the UK a world-leader in healthcare innovation

24 October 2016

A national report launches today with clear recommendations to the UK government on reforms to speed up patients’ access to innovative medicines, technologies and products. The report offers a clear role for AHSNs in practical system changes that will result in real benefits to patients, clinicians, the NHS and the wider UK economy. Elements that will be supported by the AHSN Network include creating an improved pathway for getting new medical technologies, diagnostics and digital products into the NHS at pace.

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West Midlands companies secure £50,000 funding from SME Innovation Fund

West Midlands companies secure £50,000 funding from SME Innovation Fund

21 October 2016

Three companies in the West Midlands have successfully secured a £50,000 investment from the SME Innovation Fund to market test, refine and deliver their healthcare innovations. The SME Innovation Fund is a joint initiative set up by Mercia Fund Management and the WMAHSN to help build and support healthcare start-ups across the West Midlands.

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Groundbreaking genomic medicine project launches website and newsletter

Groundbreaking genomic medicine project launches website and newsletter

21 October 2016

Patients and staff will be kept abreast of all the latest developments of the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WM GMC) as it launches its brand new website and newsletter. The dedicated WM GMC website was launched this week, offering information about the GMC and 100,000 Genomes Project to public, patients, participants, staff and stakeholders. Meanwhile, the first edition of the WM GMC newsletter has been issued and will be landing in inboxes on a quarterly basis in the future.

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£50,000 grants will put research findings into action to improve health service delivery

£50,000 grants will put research findings into action to improve health service delivery

21 October 2016

Evidence into Practice, a new programme of grants from the Health Foundation of up to £50,000, is designed to help research teams bridge the gap from academic research findings, to actionable information for people practising in the field. They are looking for great ideas that will put research findings into action to improve health service delivery.

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Texas welcomes UK healthcare innovators

Texas welcomes UK healthcare innovators

21 October 2016

Hospitals and clinical leaders in Texas have this week been welcoming a group of British healthcare companies and UK hospitals in a bid to explore collaboration opportunities. The UK’s medical technology industry body, the Association of British Healthcare Industries and the UK’s Department for International Trade have arranged the visit in partnership with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and leading AHSNs. Tony Davis, Commercial Director at WMAHSN, is part of the delegation.

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Emergency Care Discharge Summary Survey

Emergency Care Discharge Summary Survey

21 October 2016

NHS Digital has commissioned the Professional Record Standards Body to identify the standards required for digital ED discharge summaries. They are now seeking views on which items in the draft information set should be included in an ED discharge summary via a survey.

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NIA company i-Thrive launches dedicated website showcasing approaches to implementation

NIA company i-Thrive launches dedicated website showcasing approaches to implementation

21 October 2016

NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) company, i-Thrive, has launched its dedicated new website, showcasing how sites across the country have approached implementation and sharing materials from the i-Thrive Toolkit.

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Official opening of WMAHSN's home hailed a great success

Official opening of WMAHSN's home hailed a great success

20 October 2016

Thought leaders in healthcare and life sciences from across Birmingham and beyond gathered at the Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) - home of the WMAHSN - as it celebrated its official launch earlier this month. The launch event of this new world-class clinical research facility was opened by Councillor John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council, who gave an inspiring account of the significant role the ITM will play both regionally and further afield to benefit human health.

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Work of WMAHSN Genomics Ambassador recognised by trust Chief Executive

Work of WMAHSN Genomics Ambassador recognised by trust Chief Executive

20 October 2016

The work of one of the region's Genomics Medicine Ambassadors - funded by WMAHSN to facilitate the spread of knowledge, experience and expertise gained by West Midlands trusts in the 100,000 Genomes Project - has been rewarded by University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Dr Christopher Clowes, Genomics Ambassador for the North Midlands, has been given the UHNM Chief Executive's Award in recognition of his work on the project.

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NHS Innovation Accelerator pledges to share learning and experiences via Fab Change Day webinar

NHS Innovation Accelerator pledges to share learning and experiences via Fab Change Day webinar

6 October 2016

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) will host a one-off webinar in October as part of a Fab Change Day pledge to share their learnings and experiences as to how to scale innovations across the NHS. Taking place on 19 October, the webinar - ‘Accelerating Innovation: shared learnings from the NIA’ - will feature current NIA Fellows from the first-year cohort.

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ABHI offering space at Arab Health 2017

ABHI offering space at Arab Health 2017

6 October 2016

Arab Health, on 30 January – 2 February 2017 in Dubai, is the Middle East’s largest healthcare exhibition, taking up 86,000sqm of floor space. The ABHI is offering pod and shell scheme spaces in the UK Pavilion but hurry, the deadline for applications is Friday 14 October.

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Digital Health quarter start-up wins EU grant to help citizens live longer, better lives

Digital Health quarter start-up wins EU grant to help citizens live longer, better lives

6 October 2016

A Birmingham-based digital health start-up which is being supported by WMAHSN was among the creative thinkers whose healthcare innovations may allow us to enjoy longer, more productive lives who were awarded grants of €50,000 recently. Kaido - one of the start-ups in the Digital Health quarter of the Serendip Smart City Incubator, delivered by Innovation Birmingham in collaboration with WMAHSN as the commercial partner - received the funds to help them turn brilliant ideas into commercially viable businesses at the EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Awards.

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Digital Health quarter's Kaido accepted on to Microsoft Innovation programme

Digital Health quarter's Kaido accepted on to Microsoft Innovation programme

6 October 2016

Digital health business Kaido is one of just four UK start-ups accepted on to this year’s prestigious Microsoft IoT and Data Innovation Programme. Kaido is one of the start-ups in the Digital Health quarter of the Serendip Smart City Incubator, delivered by Innovation Birmingham in collaboration with WMAHSN as the commercial partner. With four sector-specific quarters based in Birmingham's iCentrum building, the commercial partners help to mentor qualifying early stage tech companies and may, in turn, become customers or distribution channels for the start-ups.

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Deadline for the Interactive Healthcare Fund now extended

Deadline for the Interactive Healthcare Fund now extended

6 October 2016

The deadline for a groundbreaking fund to help small creative and digital businesses (SMEs) to bring innovative concepts and/or prototypes to the NHS marketplace has been extended until 11 November or until funds have been exhausted. Funded by Creative England's Regional Growth Fund and managed by Creative England in partnership with the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the WMAHSN, the Interactive Healthcare Fund offers £500,000 via investments of up to £50,000 per application.

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Reducing variation in care: NIC projects

Reducing variation in care: NIC projects

3 October 2016

The NICE Implementation Collaborative (NIC) was established in 2012 as a partnership between the NHS, the life sciences industry, healthcare professional bodies, and key health organisations, including NICE and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), which have committed to work together to understand, analyse, and overcome the challenges and tensions to implementation and widespread adoption of NICE recommendations. The Guidelines in Practice resource centre: Reducing variation in care is now available online.

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Get involved with Meridian Live! 2017

Get involved with Meridian Live! 2017

3 October 2016

As the Meridian health innovation exchange moves towards its first operational year, organisers are planning to run a celebratory event. The aim of Meridian Live! will be to showcase the ongoing work of the Meridian Innovation and Adoption Service but also to bring together collaborators, innovators, customers and expertise with the view to harnessing opportunities and fostering new networks.

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