July 2017

Middle East health market leads the way for UK clinics

Middle East health market leads the way for UK clinics

31 July 2017

The Middle East has become a leading market for UK practitioners, say several British-based clinics who now regularly exhibit in the region with the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI). Many Middle Eastern patients chose to travel to London’s prestigious Harley Street Medical Area and Birmingham’s Edgbaston Medical Quarter, a leading medical and healthcare destination.

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AHSNs to help deliver £35 million programme to speed up development of new digital healthcare solutions

AHSNs to help deliver £35 million programme to speed up development of new digital healthcare solutions

31 July 2017

AHSNs will help deliver a new £35 million Digital Health Technology Catalyst programme, to speed up development of new digital technology healthcare solutions. The first funding round opens today (31 July), run by Innovate UK, with £8 million on offer.

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Delegates convene at ICC Birmingham for regional Q Welcome Event

Delegates convene at ICC Birmingham for regional Q Welcome Event

27 July 2017

An event welcoming new members to a community dedicated to connecting people who have health and care improvement expertise, took place recently at the ICC Birmingham. The Q Community’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. To support the growth of Q, the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative (WMPSC) is working in partnership with the Health Foundation to help the community flourish and develop in the West Midlands.

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Serendip digital tenant in the running for Future Faces award

Serendip digital tenant in the running for Future Faces award

26 July 2017

The shortlist has been announced for the third annual awards of Future Faces, the young professionals’ arm of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce - and the CEO of one of WMAHSN's Serendip tenants is up for a gong.

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WMAHSN celebrates successes in annual report

WMAHSN celebrates successes in annual report

26 July 2017

The latest annual report from the WMAHSN has been published. The WMAHSN launched the report at its recent Celebration of Innovation Event and Awards, which saw more than 400 people gather at the Hilton Metropole at Birmingham’s NEC to see how the 40 plus programmes supported by WMAHSN this year are having an impact on the local population.

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£50k grant will help patients to make digital healthcare part of their daily routine

£50k grant will help patients to make digital healthcare part of their daily routine

25 July 2017

Patients in the north of Staffordshire will benefit from new funding that has been secured to help digital technology change the way they manage their long term conditions. Patients with long term conditions will initially benefit from a £50,000 “national pathfinder project” with funding and support from the Good Things Foundation.

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Third BQ Life Sciences and Healthcare report now available online

Third BQ Life Sciences and Healthcare report now available online

24 July 2017

The third special report of BQ (Business Quarter) Magazine, Life Sciences and Healthcare, is now available online. Once again produced in partnership with the WMAHSN, the report explores the West Midlands’ healthcare sector and how it contributes to the wider economy, increasing productivity and creating wealth and employment

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Birmingham entrepreneurs launch remote heart health screening service

Birmingham entrepreneurs launch remote heart health screening service

21 July 2017

Birmingham entrepreneurs Abdullah Sabyah and Floriane Rousse-Marquet are launching a remote heart health screening service through their company Rightangled Diagnostics. The unique screening service provided by Rightangled was developed and tested at the BioHub Birmingham®, the University of Birmingham’s bioincubator facility for high growth life science start-up companies.

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AHSNs to be relicensed as NHS ‘centrepiece for innovation’

AHSNs to be relicensed as NHS ‘centrepiece for innovation’

21 July 2017

NHS England has today (21 July) confirmed its intention to relicense England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks. NHS England’s Board met today and considered a report from National Director of Strategy and Innovation Ian Dodge, which highlights the AHSNs’ significant impact and outlines how this can be the launch pad for an even more influential future role as the NHS ‘centrepiece for innovation’.

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West Midlands' healthcare sector celebrated with innovation awards

West Midlands' healthcare sector celebrated with innovation awards

21 July 2017

The WMAHSN has celebrated the best of innovation in healthcare around the region by presenting its second annual awards. More than 300 people from across the West Midlands’ NHS, industry, academia, third sector, charities, care homes and patient population gathered at the NEC’s Hilton Metropole for the WMAHSN’s second Celebration of Innovation awards.

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Search commences for innovative solutions to transform cancer screening and diagnosis

Search commences for innovative solutions to transform cancer screening and diagnosis

19 July 2017

A search for innovations with the ability to transform cancer screening, and facilitate earlier and faster diagnosis launches on 25 July. SBRI Healthcare - an NHS England investment fund led by the AHSN Network – invites entrepreneurs to apply for up to £1.1 million investment to develop innovations.

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Texas medtech mission to create demand for British-developed products

Texas medtech mission to create demand for British-developed products

19 July 2017

Building on the success of previous missions, the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) is running another medtech trade mission to Texas this autumn. Taking place from 14 – 20 October, the mission is run in conjunction with the Department of International Trade (DIT) and the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).

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WMAHSN Clinical Lead contributes to BMA report on the role of doctors

WMAHSN Clinical Lead contributes to BMA report on the role of doctors

18 July 2017

The British Medical Association (BMA) has been keen to open a dialogue about the role of doctors. Dr Ruth Chambers, who is Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions at WMAHSN, represented the WMAHSN by attending the BMA discussion group and the main symposium, being on the final panel and contributing to the subsequent report.

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Amaven becomes latest start-up to join Serendip Digital Health Quarter

Amaven becomes latest start-up to join Serendip Digital Health Quarter

18 July 2017

Digital health start-up Amaven has become the latest company to join the Serendip Smart City Incubator. Founded in 2013, Amaven started out as a platform to identify talented athletes in sports academies and schools and has since evolved into a product designed to upskill teachers to teach outstanding PE lessons and give children the tools to learn athletic skills at home.

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AHSNs partner with the BMS-Pfizer Alliance for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation competitive grant scheme

AHSNs partner with the BMS-Pfizer Alliance for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation competitive grant scheme

17 July 2017

The BMS-Pfizer Alliance has announced a partnership with the AHSN Network to provide independent grant support to organisations for healthcare quality improvement and education in the area of atrial fibrillation. Pfizer’s Independent Grants for Learning and Change programme aims to establish a grant scheme to fund projects that aim to improve the identification and management of atrial fibrillation (to prevent stroke) and venous thromboembolism.

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NHS England's Innovation and Technology Payment applications open today

NHS England's Innovation and Technology Payment applications open today

17 July 2017

Part of NHS England’s commitment to the Five Year Forward View, the application process for the Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) opens today. The ITP aims to help deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit.

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WMAHSN welcomes major government investment to speed up patient access to innovative medicines and technology

WMAHSN welcomes major government investment to speed up patient access to innovative medicines and technology

14 July 2017

The government has today announced a major initiative to drive the rapid uptake of health innovation – with a central role for AHSNs. The announcement, by the Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy of the Office for Life Sciences, confirms that England’s 15 AHSNs will co-ordinate ‘Innovation Exchanges’, enabling innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments and medical technologies to reach patients faster.

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Shortlist for WMAHSN's Celebration of Innovation Awards announced

Shortlist for WMAHSN's Celebration of Innovation Awards announced

13 July 2017

The shortlist has now been released for WMAHSN's Celebration of Innovation Awards 2017. The awards will be presented at a glitzy ceremony at the WMAHSN's Celebration of Innovation Event on 20 July and reflect the WMAHSN's dual aim of improving health and creating wealth, as well as the organisation's key priorities and themes. There are also special awards for innovative individuals or teams and innovative organisations.

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Clinical Research Network West Midlands launches their annual awards

 Clinical Research Network West Midlands launches their annual awards

13 July 2017

The Clinical Research Network West Midlands has launched its Annual Network Awards 2017, once again celebrating the contribution of individuals and teams to the success of healthcare research across the region. There are 10 awards celebrating excellence amongst the West Midland's researchers and teams.

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Host of organisations to exhibit at annual celebration of local healthcare innovation

Host of organisations to exhibit at annual celebration of local healthcare innovation

12 July 2017

Organisations from across the healthcare and life sciences sector will be exhibiting at an annual celebration of healthcare innovation in the West Midlands next week. The WMAHSN is inviting staff from NHS organisations, academic institutions and the healthcare and life sciences industry from across the region, as well as members of the public, patients and carers, to join them at the Celebration of Innovation Event and Awards 2017, their annual stakeholder event.

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Test the feasibility of your health-tech idea by applying for European Bootcamp

Test the feasibility of your health-tech idea by applying for European Bootcamp

11 July 2017

LaunchLab is a unique two-month pressure cooker that allows aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Europe to discover the business potential of their health-tech ideas. This EIT Health Bootcamp programme targets business professionals, students, PhDs, engineers and scientists who want to test the commercial feasibility of their ideas.

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NICE launches £15k competition to find a transformative medical product

NICE launches £15k competition to find a transformative medical product

10 July 2017

NICE Scientific Advice is delighted to announce the opening of an exciting competition to find a transformative medical product in the early stages of development, the NICE AdviSeME Prize. The NICE AdviSeME Prize is specifically aimed at SMEs, charities and academic research groups.

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New animation shows how genomic education has moved into the mainstream

New animation shows how genomic education has moved into the mainstream

10 July 2017

After the interest created around genomic medicine with the publication of the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report on Genomics recently, the Health Education England's Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has launched a short animation to demonstrate how the GEP is supporting health professionals to achieve Dame Sally’s “genomics dream” for the NHS.

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National award triumph for WMAHSN with Learning from Excellence

National award triumph for WMAHSN with Learning from Excellence

7 July 2017

In a joint effort with the Learning from Excellence team - a project led by Adrian Plunkett of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Emma Plunkett of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Appreciating People - the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative's entry was awarded the Education and Training award at this year’s Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards.

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