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| A note from our chair

Not only is the NHS celebrating its 75th birthday this year, but the 15 Academic Health Science Networks that form the AHSN Network have also reached an important milestone. April this year marks 10 years since AHSNs were first created by NHS England following publication of the Innovation Health and Wealth report to transform the way the NHS identifies, adopts and spreads promising innovations.

Collectively AHSNs have made considerable impact by improving health outcomes and supporting economic growth on a national and local scale. Find out more about AHSNs impact over the past decade and our commitments for the future in my latest blog.

Earlier this month we warmly welcomed the findings and recommendations laid out in the Hewitt review, which called for ‘strengthening and embedding a culture of research and innovation in the health and care sector’ and placed AHSNs at the centre of the recommendation. Read more in this month’s lead story below.

This month’s Meet the Innovator interview is with Dr Chen Mao Davies, Founder and CEO of Anya by LatchAid Ltd. – an award-winning pregnancy, parenting and breastfeeding support app. Chen has recently been announced as one of the Fellows of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme 2023, which you can find out more about below.

Professor Gary Ford, Chair of the AHSN Network and Chief Executive of Oxford AHSN

| Contents

 1: Hewitt review

>  2: Latest news
>  3: Meet the innovator: Anya by LatchAid 
>  4: Latest blogs
>  5: Upcoming events
>  6: Partner updates

AHSNs should be ‘integral’ in embedding innovation in healthcare system

The Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt was commissioned to lead an independent review of integrated care systems (ICSs) in November 2022. The Hewitt review, which launched earlier this month (April 2023), found that AHSNs should be seen as ‘integral’ in embedding innovation throughout the health and care system.

The report calls for ‘strengthening and embedding a culture of research and innovation in the health and care sector’, which places AHSNs at the centre of the recommendation.

Read more

| Latest news

Patient Safety Collaboratives working to reduce restrictive practice in mental health settings

The Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) have been working to deliver a programme aimed at reducing restrictive practice in mental health in-patient settings. Restrictive practices include physical restraint, seclusion, and rapid tranquilisation.

Work is underway with 14% of all NHS mental health, learning disability and autism wards across England, which equates to 172 wards. Reductions in restrictive practice use in now being seen in a number of wards. PSCs are also working with the five largest independent providers of care for NHS patients with mental health needs, learning disabilities and autism. Find out more>

Compression resource for people with wounds 

The National Wound Care Strategy Programme has been working with the AHSN Network’s Transforming Wound Care programme and the Patient Experience Network to translate its compression resource into 10 languages, with funding from Eastern AHSN. The resource provides a guide to compression for people with venous leg ulcers, explaining why compression therapy is useful and how to use itFind out more>

Network helps develop new CPD-accredited PPIE module

The AHSN Network has helped create a new ‘How to Involve and Engage Patients on Digital Health Tech Innovation’ learning module with partners Boehringer Ingelheim UK & Ireland and the University of Plymouth. The CPD-accredited module is an introduction to the first evidence-based framework for PPIE, which the AHSN Network collaborated on with Boehringer Ingelheim last year. It will continue to support the development and delivery of patient-centric technologies. Find out more>

Seventeen new Fellows join the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme in 2023

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) have announced its 17 new Fellows for 2023, the largest cohort for the programme since its launch in 2015.

The innovations, which we help to deliver, offer solutions to some of the most pressing NHS needs and range from digital apps that can overcome language barriers and reduce health inequalities, to an artificially intelligent chatbot that can offer responsive, instant access to mental health support. Find out more>

Our Meet the Innovator interview with Dr Chen Mao Davies, Founder and CEO of Anya by LatchAid Ltd is one of the Fellows joining the 2023 cohort. Find out more below.

| Meet the Innovator: Anya by LatchAid

Meet Dr Chen Mao Davies, Founder and CEO of Anya by LatchAid Ltd. – an award-winning pregnancy, parenting and breastfeeding support app that utilises cutting-edge 3D interactive technology and AI intelligence to provide new mothers with support.

Nationally, the Anya by LatchAid app is available to almost 5 million NHS service users and is the top-rated breastfeeding app in the health app library, ORCHA.

Chen tells us about her innovation journey to date and how the West of England AHSN has supported Anya from business acorn to the growing success story of today. Read now.

Dr Chen Mao Davies

| Latest blogs

Preparing to implement the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework

Dr Cheryl Crocker discusses how Patient Safety Collaboratives are supporting ICSs and ICBs in preparations to implement the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework in this new blog.

How AHSNs work with ICSs 

The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) has published our case studies about how AHSNs are supporting their local ICSs.

| Upcoming events

  • The AHSN National Polypharmacy Programme: Getting the balance right invites GPs and Prescribers with a minimum of 12 months experience to join our Polypharmacy Action Learning Sets. The online interactive course is held over three half days (9.30am-12.15pm) on 19 April, 3 and 17 May using Zoom. Sign-up now.
  • Net Zero webinar: Carbon accounting and measuring impact, 28 April 10am-12pm. The AHSN Network is hosting a free webinar to explore how to effectively quantify carbon emissions, deploy projects and measure impact. Sign-up now

| Partner updates

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