The NHS Five Year Forward View covers areas such as disease prevention, service integration and flexible models of service delivery tailored to local populations and needs. WMAHSN is helping the healthcare system to deliver the Five Year Forward View through the promotion of wellness and prevention of illness in the West Midlands population, thereby enabling improved quality of life, increasing productivity and reducing demand on healthcare.
Prevention and the use of digital health technologies is a recurring theme through all West Midlands’ Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs). A key component of the wellness and prevention of illness priority is its close working and interaction with the Digital Health and Data Service, as much of innovation in this priority is driven by the capacity of mobile health, digital health and open and big data. The Wellness and Prevention Network will address the main themes and incorporate our key requirements of industry engagement and third sector development through approved suppliers.
Wellness and prevention of illness is also a key focus of our Membership Innovation Councils (MICs), as well as our Long Term Conditions and Mental Health Innovation Networks, and resonates with the work of the Person-Centred Care Network. Hence, this priority is a central pillar of our delivery and will be enabled through our Wellness and Prevention Network, led by our Prevention and Self Care Lead, a dedicated post joint-funded between WMAHSN and Birmingham City Council’s Director of Public Health.
These networks also link with the EIT Health Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC). Established to tackle healthy living and active ageing in the UK and across the continent, WMAHSN is a major partner in this consortium of more than 50 core partners and 90 associate organisations of leading businesses, research centres and universities from EU countries. EIT Health KIC offers two main funding routes for West Midlands companies, Innovation by Ideas and Proof-of-Concept and Headstart funding.
The network also collaborates on innovation and education and the Urgent Care Network for the West Midlands.
All members have full access to WMAHSN’s opportunities for innovation process, which is delivered through the Meridian online health innovation exchange and allows them to propose innovative solutions to deliver on the wellness and prevention of illness priority area and which may need investment to spread at scale and pace across the region.
To access this network, contact Elaine Russell, Prevention and Self Care Lead, on firstname.lastname@example.org, 0121 371 8061 or 07467 337994.