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  • 13 November, 2018 - 09:28
    SAVE THE DATE - Secure your free place today
    Preventing AF-related strokes
    Delegates will discover innovative tools and solutions to overcome challenges in the AF care pathway, and opportunities to improve local population outcomes by preventing AF-related strokes.
    • Keynote talks, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities. 
    • Certificate of attendance available for 7 hours CPD.
    To register please click here. 

    Who should attend?
    Suitable for commissioners, primary and secondary care providers, STP leads, medicine optimisation and other key stakeholders, the event will highlight the wide range of tools available to support them via public bodies, charities and commercial companies.

    To find out more, please click here.
  • 13 November, 2018 - 09:23
    Latest funding opportunities
    NIHR HTA Programme - Topics considered for future commissioned research
    Details: The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS and social care services. HTA research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective and this needs to be compared to the current standard intervention to see which works best.

    The HTA Programme is considering the following topics for future commissioned research:

     *   Sodium bicarbonate for delay in labour<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=a4b7d61aa4&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Maternal intrapartum glycaemic control<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=ed1a31c595&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Peritoneal endometriosis: to treat or not?<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=f690b9eef3&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Deep infiltrating endometriosis<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=bdbe6eac71&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Diagnosis and management of heavy menstrual bleeding<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=476307fd36&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Biomarkers for brain injury<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=6d88139aa0&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Repair of hand flexor tendon injury<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=b78ba3c9b4&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Anaesthesia for arteriovenous fistula<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=8bdb5d00b8&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Thoracolumbar spine evaluation following blunt trauma<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=8cd8bbde53&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Strategies in older people's care settings to prevent infection<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=a265643842&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Monitoring and follow-up for adults with hearing loss post intervention<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=4e65804c88&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Frequency of blood tests for inflammatory condition<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=1e80beed92&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   Antioxidant supplement to slow AMD progression<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=7e76a14f76&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    The likely advert date for this topic, if prioritised, is the end of March 2019. However, please note this is an indicative date, which may change or may not be advertised.

    NIHR primary research topic - 18/173 Digital technologies to improve health and care
    Details: Due to the scope of this call the NIHR expect to receive applications which span the remit of more than one of the participating programmes (EME, HTA, HS&DR and PHR). To enable applicants to develop their research proposal without concern for individual programme remits, applications will be submitted to one cross programme team, rather than to individual programmes. The NIHR is accepting stage 1 applications for the above primary research topic.

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=37a61f1b2a&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    NIHR HS&DR Programme - New commissioned calls
    Details: The HS&DR Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

    The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstreams:

     *   18/175 Precision medicine<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=bab1539bce&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   18/174 End of life care<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=bdf6924a76&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=a71f7690a9&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    NIHR HTA Programme - New primary research topics
    Details: The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS and social care services. HTA research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective and this needs to be compared to the current standard intervention to see which works best.

    The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications for the following primary research topics:

     *   18/177 End of life care<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=e6780f70ad&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   18/176 Precision medicine<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=5a8d64bad9&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=180aef4ca8&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    NIHR PHR Programme - New primary research topic
    Details: The PHR Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. Our scope is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a wide range of interventions that improve public health.

    The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications for this primary research topic:

     *   18/179 End of life care<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=257b79be97&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=1f72df530a&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    NIHR EME Programme - New primary research topics
    Details: The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. Within these studies, EME supports research in the mechanisms of diseases and treatments. EME is a partnership between the MRC and NIHR.

    The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting stage 1 applications for the following primary research topics:

     *   18/167 End of life care<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=4728034a94&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     *   18/168 Precision medicine<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=0e5d86a8a2&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 19th March 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=0b57326406&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship
    Details: The MRC CSF develops talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator.

    A CSF provides funding for a challenging research programme and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.

    Deadline for proposals: 4pm on 10th January 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=ec021481ae&e=1c1dd6c8cf>

    Abbeyfield Research Foundation - Research for older people
    Details: The Abbeyfield Society began funding peer-reviewed research in 2013/4. In 2015 the decision was taken to launch a new, separate independent charity, The Abbeyfield Research Foundation, in recognition of the large volume of good quality applications and to establish a more substantial funding base.

    The Abbeyfield Research Foundation will support research that:

     *   Provides and/or implements evidence underpinning supported housing and care delivery;
     *   Effectively crosses boundaries between organisations, services and professions.

    The following identified research priorities for the 2018/19 round are provided as a clear steer for potential applicants:
     *   The assessment of need
     *   Quality and innovation in supported housing and care provision

    Deadline for proposals: 5pm on 11th January 2019

    Find out more here<https://nihr.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d756a758d133ef29fdd78a5ef&id=456484b6a5&e=1c1dd6c8cf>
     
  • 12 November, 2018 - 10:58
    We are recruiting - Chief Operating Officer
    Job opportunity! We are looking for a new Chief Opperating Officer to join the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network at an exciting time in the development of the organisation. 
    The purpose of the WMAHSN is to improve health and promote economic growth through the adoption of innovation that meets defined needs of the West Midlands health economy with the Chief Operating Officer taking the lead in developing and maintaining high standards of corporate governance and infastructure.  

    If you would like to read more or apply then please click here.
  • 12 November, 2018 - 09:52
    ABHI AT 30
     ABHI are proud to present their ABHI at 30, a collection of 30 opinion pieces from the key players in our industry, to mark three decades of ABHI.
    If your business is health, 30 years is a long time.

    13 Health Secretaries, sweeping reforms and varying levels of funding have led to a challenging, but dynamic environment to work in. In that time, our industry has changed significantly too, from being product based, to delivering value-based service solutions and increasingly incorporating new fields of science, utilising digital data, artificial intelligence and robotics. From its regulatory based inception, ABHI has grown, not just in size, but in its activity and crucially, impact. A leadership team has been assembled, specialists in their respective fields, and the international business has been developed widely. We have a level of participation in policy discussions and a network that is unsurpassed by others in HealthTech. The team are expertly positioned to represent their 280 members and I am proud that ABHI’s voice has never been better, louder or stronger.

    Of course, ours isn’t the only birthday this year. The NHS marked its 70th and a number of the articles within this book highlight the future direction of our health service, made all the more fascinating by the recently announced 10-year plan, a new Secretary of State for Health, the emergence of Integrated Care Systems and the coming together of NHS England and NHS Improvement. There has, arguably, never been a time of more profound change. What the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe will look like, post March 2019, remains to be seen; far be it for me to speculate. One thing I am certain of though, is this is truly the most exciting time to be involved in our industry.

    I encourage you to take the time, sit back and enjoy this document. Read through the opinions. These are the voices that make our industry what it is. Let’s celebrate it.
  • 12 November, 2018 - 09:20
    Fastest growing workplace wellness programme in the NHS strikes deal with leading occupational health software provider
    Birmingham-based award-winning digital health tech company Kaido has landed a partnership deal with Cohort Software, the largest occupational health software provider in the UK.
     
    Kaido, the fastest growing workplace wellness programme in the NHS, focuses on providing innovative technology-driven solutions to promote employee wellness, with the ‘Kaido Wellbeing’ product set to address the physical, mental and social wellbeing of employees from Cohort Software client organisations from March 2019.
     
    The partnership, enabling the tech company to reach 100 clients throughout the UK immediately, will be announced formally at Cohort Software’s Annual User Conference at Alton Towers on November 7th and 8th. Commenting on the landmark deal, Rich Westman, CEO and Founder of Kaido said:
     
    “Our partnership with Cohort Software is a momentous development in our bid to help foster happier, healthier employees across public and private sector organisations. Workplace Wellness is an increasingly important strategic priority for all employers, and this partnership with Cohort Software allows us to help their clients to realise this.
     
    “As well as the immediate access to 100+ UK Companies, Cohort Software also operates in Australia, New Zealand and the far East, so this opportunity really is a testament to our growth as a company and allows us to continue striving towards realising our ambitions for the solution.”
     
    Kaido Wellbeing was launched in January 2018 as a digital, inclusive and cost-effective workplace wellness programme for employers. In the last ten months the solution has grown to be accessible to 100,000 employees from companies across the UK. Rich Westman added:
     
    “We are taking employees on a 60-day journey exploring their physical activity, mental health, nutrition and sleep. They can take the challenge individually, or as part of a self-selected team. Over the course of the challenge we aim to raise awareness about the importance of good health and nudge users with healthy hints and tips to create long lasting and sustainable lifestyle change.”
     
    Out of its current users, 76.5% increased their physical activity over the course of the 60-day challenge and 36.8% reported feeling less stressed at work.
     
    Joining the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s digital tech incubator in 2016, Kaido became the first company to move into Innovation Birmingham’s multi-million-pound iCentrum facility, now the flagship building on a campus that hosts over 170 digital technology businesses. 
     
    The business has been backed heavily by reputable global brands, with a current client base that includes Muller UK and Ireland and Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children and a partnership network that includes UHB NHS Foundation Trust, EIT Health and most recently Gymshark.
     
    Kaido has been accepted onto Gymshark’s prestigious incubator for digital technology companies, which launched at Innovation Birmingham in October. Rich Westman added:
     
    “I would encourage any business to start up in a place like Innovation Birmingham. Being located here has allowed us to attract both early investment and high-profile partners that have created a solid business foundation for the future.  With a significant revenue pipeline in place for 2019, we will be looking to make important additions to our team over coming months, and continue our exciting period of growth.”
     
    To find out more about Kaido, visit the official webpage here.
  • 5 November, 2018 - 10:29
    HealthTech Connect Launch - November 2018
    An online, secure, single point of entry that connects companies to relevant information and support to help the development, evaluation and adoption of health technologies in the UK. Developed by NICE with funding from NHSE, this will enable AHSNs to view up to date and relevant information about new health technologies on the horizon. HealthTech Connect is due to launch in November 2018.
  • 26 October, 2018 - 09:29
    RECOGNISING DIGITAL EXCELLENCE IN THE WEST MIDLANDS!
    WELCOME TO THE WEST MIDLANDS TECH AWARDS 2018
    BirminghamLive and CoventryLive will be coming together in December to celebrate the people, businesses and organisations who are using digital innovation to drive positive change for the regional economy and its people.
    The awards will recognise everything from pure-play digital start ups to traditional firms using digital innovation to transform their businesses. It will also highlight the use of digital technologies to find new ways to deliver public services and the artists, creatives and musicians using digital approaches to enhance the life and culture of the region.
    The awards are open to individuals and companies based in or connected to Birmingham, Coventry, Warwickshire, the Black Country, Solihull and South Staffordshire. Nominations close on Friday 26th October. Click here to enter against the Innovation in Medicine and Health Award. 
  • 11 October, 2018 - 10:32
    There's still time to register for your free ticket for SME Live!
    Across the two days, the free to attend seminar programme will cover over 60 hours of content, delivered across seven theatres, all aimed at giving attendees the ideas and inspirations to take their business to the next level of growth.
     
    Other highlights include: 
    Sir John Peace, Midlands Engine – a partnership with a vision for growth
    Launch of new £50m investment fund - Learn about the exciting new independent £50m business loan fund designed for growing small business 
    Daren Pickering, NatWest and Worldpay - The future of payments – is cash on its way out?
    Jason Spencer, ITV - Helping small businesses advertise on TV for the first time
     
    There’s still time to register for a free ticket here
  • 10 October, 2018 - 09:51
    Accelerate, Scale up and Game On: Grow your business- 17th October 2018
  • 25 September, 2018 - 10:48
    The West Midlands Digital Health Learning Community
    Tuesday 6th November, 12-4 at iCentrum Birmingham
     
    The Digital Health Learning Community is for anyone and everyone interested in digital health innovation and would like to improve their skills and confidence in using technology and data.
     
    This event is organised by Digital Health West Midlands; the digital service from West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) and  and will provide attendees with the opportunity to:
    • Understand the potential of using and developing digital health solutions
    • Become more confident and skilled in using technology and data to improve health 
    • Explore examples of learning in the field of digital health
    • Find out how to become a digital health champion 
    • Connect with developers and businesses and make your ideas come to life
    • Meet like-minded individuals and those from different industries with a shared vision for improving health and care using digital innovation
    We're part of Digital Health West Midlands, the regional digital innovation service provided by West Midlands Academic Health Science Network. Our purpose is to help everyone interested in digital health and data to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence in using and developing technology to improve health and wellbeing. Bringing together clinicians, patients and carers, researchers and industry partners we'll help you share experiences with people in other sectors and professions to be the best you can be. 

    The first event will be the launch of the Digital Health Learning Community, examining examples of clinician and patient led digital solutions and understand from delegates what topics you would like to see featured at future events - you can help to shape the future of the learning community. You will have the opportunity to network with individuals from different sectors (NHS, Tech, Academic, Startups) and to learn more about the potential of using digital in health. 
     
    Confirmed speakers include:
    • Molly Watt: Usability and accessibility Consultant, specialising in assistive technology and design for those with sensory impairment.
    • Mick Westman: CEO & Founder, Digital INnov8ors Ltd
    Others to be confirmed...

    Lunch will be provided on arrival. 

    To book a place please click here.