November 2017

New website improves transparency for patients in private practice

New website improves transparency for patients in private practice

30 November 2017

A pioneering website which helps private patients find the right clinician and improves transparency within private healthcare has been launched by two senior Birmingham doctors. Medstars – set up by Dr Mahnaz Hashmi and Dr Barry Lambert - has developed an innovative, online service that puts patients in control of their own healthcare. Medstars is one of the start-ups supported by WMAHSN in the Digital Health Quarter of Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator.

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BioHub Birmingham® expands to meet demand for incubator space

BioHub Birmingham® expands to meet demand for incubator space

30 November 2017

The BioHub Birmingham®, which provides flexible laboratory space for pre-revenue life science companies, has announced its expansion to meet the growing demand for laboratory space in the Midlands. The first floor will be fitted out to offer life science companies self-contained laboratory spaces, with office and breakout space. Companies on the site will also benefit from access to the world-class research of the University of Birmingham and other business support services.

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WMAHSN welcomes David Connell’s independent review of SBRI Healthcare

WMAHSN welcomes David Connell’s independent review of SBRI Healthcare

30 November 2017

WMAHSN welcomes the recent release of an independent review by David Connell of SBRI Healthcare, the NHS England-funded programme, recognising the critical role to the success of the programme played by 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). The review provides SBRI Healthcare and the NHS England an excellent validation to the credibility, key benefits and management of the programme.

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Digital health summit explores the art of the possible for the West Midlands

Digital health summit explores the art of the possible for the West Midlands

28 November 2017

WMAHSN is launching a new digital service at an event next month, as well as discussing how new technologies have the power to transform people’s health and experience of care. WMAHSN is hosting the Digital Health Summit on 12 December, examining the mechanisms for identifying existing technologies and for working with partners, as well as launching West Midlands Digital Health, which will bring together a wide-reaching network of people to spread the use of digital technologies.

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New Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre to open in Birmingham in the New Year

New Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre to open in Birmingham in the New Year

27 November 2017

The new Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC) in Birmingham will have its grand opening in the New Year. MD-TEC will be housed on the third floor of the state-of-the-art Institute for Translational Medicine, based on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, and will act as a central space to accelerate the development of medical innovations for small and medium-sized businesses

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Healthcare leaders gear up for regional economic summit

Healthcare leaders gear up for regional economic summit

27 November 2017

Around 200 delegates will be flocking to Birmingham on 5 December for WMAHSN's fourth annual economic summit, examining the links between health and wealth and the implications for the region of recent economic developments. Healthcare industry, NHS, academic and patient representatives will hear how driving co-operation and productivity in healthcare can boost economic productivity, as well as increasing the employability of people across the region.

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WMAHSN seeks three regional Digital Health and Data Ambassadors

WMAHSN seeks three regional Digital Health and Data Ambassadors

23 November 2017

The WMAHSN is seeking three full-time Digital Health and Data Ambassadors to deliver its West Midlands Digital Health service. The Ambassadors will have the operational responsibility for the delivery of West Midlands Digital Health across the whole of the West Midlands, working closely with the three Global Digital Exemplar trusts in the region, as well as businesses and universities.

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World-best innovations supporting primary care and urgent and emergency care join NHS innovation Accelerator

World-best innovations supporting primary care and urgent and emergency care join NHS innovation Accelerator

23 November 2017

A wireless sensor which better detects signs of sepsis in hospital patients, an app to help pregnant women monitor hypertension and another which directs patients with minor injuries to treatment units with the shortest queues, are among the latest devices and technologies selected to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator.

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National conference celebrates excellence in healthcare

National conference celebrates excellence in healthcare

23 November 2017

A sell-out nationwide conference celebrating an initiative aimed at capturing and studying peer reporting excellence in healthcare has taken place at The Vox Conference Centre. More than 250 delegates attended the Learning from Excellence (LfE) Community Event, with attendees coming from as far afield as Finland.

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E-learning package provides education for nurses on medicines management

E-learning package provides education for nurses on medicines management

14 November 2017

Nursing SCRIPT is an e-learning programme for qualified and undergraduate nurses, designed to provide education relating to managing and optimising the use of medicines. Effective medicines management education is crucial in reducing medication errors and improving patient safety.

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The doctor will Skype you now: new video explains how patients can have online appointment

The doctor will Skype you now: new video explains how patients can have online appointment

14 November 2017

A new video has been released which explains how patients in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire can now see their GP or nurse for a medical consultation - without leaving the comfort of their own home. The exciting new programme allows people to discuss medical problems via Skype at a time and place to suit them, instead of going into the surgery. The programme is particularly useful for those patients in care homes, are housebound, or have childcare or caring issues.

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Be part of West Midlands Leadership Edge

Be part of West Midlands Leadership Edge

10 November 2017

Leadership Edge offers a space to flexibly showcase case studies and articles outlining your work, and is now looking for an exciting mix of innovative evaluated projects, research studies through to your expert thought leadership from across the West Midlands health and social care community.

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UK health ‘Innovation Hub’ opens at Dell Medical School

UK health ‘Innovation Hub’ opens at Dell Medical School

10 November 2017

The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin are delighted to announce the establishment of the "ABHI Innovation Hub". The creation of the Hub, a first for ABHI, will offer UK companies the opportunity to locate themselves at a world-class facility and develop their US business within an ecosystem of clinicians, investors and mentors.

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Call for EIT Health Summer Schools 2018 now open

Call for EIT Health Summer Schools 2018 now open

10 November 2017

EIT Health Campus is now accepting applications for the Call for Proposals for Summer Schools 2018. Applications are being accepted until 27 November. Through this call, EIT Health will seek partners from universities, research institutes, industry and the public sector to deliver Summer Schools in 2018.

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MEDICA offers global platform for UK companies

MEDICA offers global platform for UK companies

7 November 2017

The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) is taking 120 UK companies to MEDICA 2017. Held in Düsseldorf in Germany from 13 - 16 November, MEDICA 2017 offers a global platform for companies showcasing their innovative technologies and for delegates to meet with distributors and buyers to discuss business with existing contacts and to meet with industry peers.

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University of Birmingham transforms business through research

University of Birmingham transforms business through research

6 November 2017

Experts at the University of Birmingham are forging global research partnerships which are transforming business, delegates to the CBI Annual Conference discovered today. Delegates at the London conference heard how the university is revolutionising business in 10 ways through collaborations with industry and business partners in Britain and beyond, including maximising its leading clinical trials capability.

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Young people join leading politician at West Midlands workshop to shape mental health strategy

Young people join leading politician at West Midlands workshop to shape mental health strategy

6 November 2017

The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP was alongside young people and cross-sector representatives recently, discussing strategy to prevent mental ill-health at a recent workshop. The West Midlands Mental Health Innovation Network, one of the membership networks of the WMAHSN,, hosted the event to discuss mental illness prevention approaches and services for children and young people. Norman is currently the Liberal Democrats’ health spokesman and served most recently as Minister of State for Care and Support.

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AHSN Network welcomes new fast-track route into the NHS for breakthrough medicines and technologies

AHSN Network welcomes new fast-track route into the NHS for breakthrough medicines and technologies

6 November 2017

The AHSN Network has warmly welcomed the recent announcement by the government of a new accelerated access scheme for “breakthrough” medicines and technologies. Due to be introduced in April 2018, the Accelerated Access Pathway should significantly speed up the time it takes for patients to benefit from innovative new products for conditions such as cancer, dementia and diabetes.

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University of Birmingham medical technologies exhibited in London's Science Museum

University of Birmingham medical technologies exhibited in London's Science Museum

3 November 2017

Two medical devices developed by University of Birmingham researchers to help the fight against antibiotic resistance will be exhibited in the Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives exhibition, which opens at the Science Museum in London on 9 November. Spinout Linear Diagnostics, whose device can perform a test for both bacteria and antibiotic resistance from the same sample, will be exhibiting alongside GFC Diagnostics, whose test detects antibiotic resistance genes in bacteria using a simple easy to use device called Safetube.

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SBRI Healthcare backs innovations which drive up hospital productivity with £2.6 million investment

SBRI Healthcare backs innovations which drive up hospital productivity with £2.6 million investment

3 November 2017

SBRI Healthcare has announced the companies that will receive further NHS England funding to develop innovations that aim to improve operational efficiency in acute care through the management of patient flow. Sharing £2.6 million, the successful companies are developing technologies and service improvements that enable patients to progress more efficiently through acute care, including in their diagnostics, therapy and discharge.

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Young people benefit from £3.1million SBRI Healthcare funding

Young people benefit from £3.1million SBRI Healthcare funding

3 November 2017

SBRI Healthcare has announced the five companies that will receive further NHS England funding to develop innovations that aim to ensure that children living with disability and long term conditions have every opportunity to live their lives to the full. Sharing £3.1 million, the successful companies recognise the importance of encouraging independence and restoring function to the disabled, and providing support for self-care and remote monitoring.

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WMAHSN launches video exploring the impacts of the Serendip® Digital Health Quarter

WMAHSN launches video exploring the impacts of the Serendip® Digital Health Quarter

2 November 2017

WMAHSN has launched a brand new video, showcasing its Serendip® Digital Health Quarter. The video, entitled "Serendip® Digital Health Quarter - unleashing the power of healthcare innovation", features three of the Serendip® tenants talking about how their residency, as well as the support of WMAHSN, has helped them develop their business, unlock investment and accelerate the adoption of their innovations at scale and pace in the NHS market, ultimately benefiting patients.

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Excellence in healthcare the focus of a national conference

Excellence in healthcare the focus of a national conference

1 November 2017

A sell-out conference celebrating an initiative aimed at capturing and studying peer reporting excellence in healthcare will be held in Birmingham on 16 November. The Learning from Excellence project, an initiative which has been running for three years and is led by Adrian Plunkett, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Emma Plunkett, Locum Consultant at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, will be up for discussion at a sell-out conference taking place at The Vox Conference Centre.

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Regional healthcare innovation network goes for gold with recognition from ideasUK

Regional healthcare innovation network goes for gold with recognition from ideasUK

1 November 2017

WMAHSN is celebrating after one of its services gained gold level accreditation from the country's foremost team for the promotion of innovation in the workplace. WMAHSN has gained the gold accreditation from ideasUK for its Innovation and Adoption Service, which offers a suite of practical advice, support and tools to support healthcare providers and commissioners, academics and businesses with innovative approaches to improving patient care.

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