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  • 7 December, 2017 - 11:11
    Funding opportunity for community and voluntary sector organisations in South Warwickshire
    Warwickshire County Council, Public Health and South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Joint Healthy South Warwickshire funding opportunity.

    This one year, seed funding opportunity is aimed at community and voluntary sector organisations who can deliver a project addressing one or more of the outcomes below:
    • Reduce unhealthy lifestyle behaviours including smoking and excessive alcohol consumption,
    • Promote activities that reduce obesity and obesity related long term conditions,
    • Admission avoidance and supporting early discharge,
    • Addressing rural and social isolation,
    • Maximising income and/or reducing debt,
    • Mental health and wellbeing – including dementia.
    The tender process opened on Friday 10th November and closes on Friday 8th December at 12 noon.
    Organisations can apply for funding through CSW Jets csw-jets.co.uk and search under ‘All Opportunities’ for Joint Healthy South Warwickshire funding.

    Tenders will be scored independently by a representative from each of the funding organisations.

    For further information please visit csw-jets.co.uk.
  • 5 December, 2017 - 12:23
    NHS OPPORTUNITY - Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT)
    Learn how NHS England’s Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT) is helping trusts to implement Pneumonia prevention systems which are designed to stop ventilator- associated pneumonia and Arterial connecting systems to reduce bacterial contamination and the accidental administration of medication, at this WMAHSN interactive workshop.

    The WMAHSN is supporting the adoption and spread of theInnovation and Technology Tariff (ITT), and we are hosting a series of events to introduce NHS staff to the innovations along with some tools for implementation. The event will provide the opportunity to hear from other NHS Trusts who have successfully adopted the tariffs and meet with your peers to practically think about how they can be implemented within your own organisation. 

    NHS England’s ITT incentivises the adoption and spread of transformational innovation in the NHS. NHS providers order the ITT innovations directly from the supplier at no cost and NHS England reimburses the supplier directly.

    This is the first workshop and it will be introducing two innovate devices:
    • Non-injectable arterial connector (NIC) - Arterial connecting systems to reduce bacterial contamination and the accidental administration of medication, available to providers under the zero cost model
    • PneuX - Pneumonia prevention systems which are designed to stop ventilator-associated pneumonia, which can be ordered direct from the manufacturer under the zero cost model.

    Delegates will be able to: 
    • Learn about the Innovation and Technology Tariff
    • Discuss the drivers for change - including counting the cost of the current pathways and openly discussing the challenges of the current clinical pathways
    • Learn more about the Non-injectable arterial connector, including the clinical case
    • Learn more about PneuX and WireSafe, including the clinical case
    • Learn more about implementing pathway change and hear more about the tools available to support this process

    This event is for NHS staff only  and aimed at consultants, Senior Critical Care Unit Nursing/Physiotherapy Staff, Clinical Trainers, Procurement and Infection Control staff.

    To book your place, please use the eventbrite link by clicking here.
  • 30 November, 2017 - 17:53
    New website improves transparency for patients in private practice
    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.

    Paid-for healthcare is often confusing and finding the right practitioner can be a real challenge for patients. To change this, Birmingham-based 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 programme. The Digital Health Quarter seeks out proven digital innovations with the potential to save lives, improve health and create wealth. Tenants are supported to develop products, tools and services designed in response to genuine needs of the healthcare sector, enabling the digital health start-ups to maximise their chance of success.

    As senior doctors, Mahnaz and Barry understand that choosing healthcare isn’t like booking a train ticket or hotel online. They are the only company of this type that the NHS has invested in. Their free patient service therefore helps people find screened, regulated practitioners – from GPs to podiatrists, dermatologists to surgeons - quickly and more confidently. Medstars helps patients find, book and connect with an approved, regulated practitioner instantly.

    Instead of endless Google searches and trawling websites, the service offers access to a single curated community of trusted health professionals who share values of openness and transparency. Each clinician’s profile and charges are clearly set out along with their availability. Patients can also read reviews and compare before making a choice, booking treatment there and then.

    All practitioners are hand-checked and patient satisfaction is closely monitored to ensure they are getting the standard of treatment they need. The lengthy vetting process includes online research, registration check and verification of their established clinical expertise. Recommendations and testimonials are also taken from other specialists and the clinician is interviewed to assess whether they share Medstars values of openness and transparency around fees and expertise. Anyone who doesn’t meet the criteria is turned away.

    As well as an online service, Medstars offers a ‘concierge compass’ service. This is a bespoke, personal service where a doctor will listen to a person’s requirements, research the options and then arrange an appointment with the chosen doctor. It has had interest from people overseas, particularly British expats who are looking to visit home and see a private UK doctor for their health issues at the same time.

    Co-founder Mahnaz said, “As experienced doctors, we had become concerned about we saw as the lack of transparency for patients in private practice. Poor regulation and confusing pricing structures were making it increasingly difficult for patients to find properly qualified independent healthcare practitioners whom they could trust. It wasn't much better for the practitioners either, who have to spend time and large amounts of money to get their expertise recognised online. No one was getting a fair deal and something needed to change which is why Medstars was born.”

    Since the pilot website was launched in 2015, Medstars have grown their community of practitioners across the UK – in their home region of the West Midlands and also London practitioners who want to be part of the quality online community.

    Barry added: “We don’t want to take patients away from great NHS care - as NHS clinicians ourselves we have no doubt that for urgent or complex care there is no better place to be. But for those patients with a non-urgent problem who have already got health insurance or decided to see someone privately, such as for a second opinion, or because the treatment they want is not available on the NHS, Medstars can support them in finding the right health professional.  This could bring very real benefits to help patients navigate the NHS in the future.”

    If you are a private healthcare provider and would like to apply to join the Medstars network, please visit www.medstars.co.uk for more information or call 0330 088 9279.
  • 28 November, 2017 - 15:30
    Digital health summit explores the art of the possible for the West Midlands
    WMAHSN is launching a brand 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.

    While many industries have embraced digital working, healthcare has yet to fully capitalise on the opportunity. To explore the prospects of digital and data in the sector, WMAHSN is hosting the Digital Health Summit on 12 December at iCentrum in Birmingham, examining the mechanisms for identifying existing technologies, and for working with partners in developing new tools and services that will benefit the West Midlands region.

    The sell-out event will cover national perspectives on Global Digital Exemplars (GDEs) and look at how technology and data are critical in delivering Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships via Local Digital Roadmaps. Delegates at the summit will also discuss driving digital innovation in the West Midlands and digital transformation in mental health, as well as the opportunities afforded by local networks such as the WMAHSN Digital Health and Data Learning Community, the GDE Network, Health 2.0 West Midlands and the Midlands Accord.

    Crucially, the event is also the springboard for West Midlands Digital Health, a service which is offered by WMAHSN to its members and will bring together a wide-reaching network of people from the NHS, academia, the wider health and care sector, industry and patient organisations to work together to spread the use of digital technologies, tools and services across the West Midlands.

    Neil Mortimer, Business Manager at WMAHSN, said: “The introduction of digital technology has brought about massive changes to our lives and the way we interact with other people and organisations. However, while digital tools and the use of data are central to most organisations and industries, the NHS and the wider UK care sector have yet to lever the full benefits.

    “This summit will encourage involvement from those with a stake in digital health across the West Midlands, including the NHS, academia and industry, and explore the art of the possible, looking towards the future of digital health in the region.”

    High profile speakers include Will Smart, Chief Information Officer for Health and Social Care and Paul Fleming, Regional Head of Digital Technology, both at NHS England, as well as local presenters such as Ciaron Hoye, Chief Information Officer at Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups and Professor Simon Ball, Director of Digital Healthcare at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

    There will also be breakout sessions on learning from industry, co-design and co-production with end users, investment and jobs through digital innovation and getting innovation into mainstream business, as well as a panel Q&A session and ample networking time.

    “We will also be launching West Midlands Digital Health, a service which seeks out innovations that have the potential to improve the health of our population and create wealth within the West Midlands,” Neil added. “Through collaborative partnerships with industry, academia, patients, the public and the NHS, it is our ambition to make the West Midlands the UK’s first truly digital health economy.”
  • 28 November, 2017 - 11:30
    Healthcare leaders gear up for regional economic summit
    Around 200 delegates across the West Midlands’ healthcare and life sciences landscape will be flocking to Birmingham on 5 December for an annual economic summit, examining the links between health and wealth and the implications for the region of recent economic developments.

    The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) will be hosting its fourth Economic Summit, which will see healthcare industry, NHS, academic and patient representatives pack into the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre to hear how driving co-operation and productivity in healthcare can boost economic productivity, as well as increasing the employability of people across the region.

    The summit will focus on the life sciences industry within the West Midlands, and the opportunities this affords not just in improving the health of the local population, but as a key driver of economic growth. The potential of the sector has been recognised as a pillar of economic progress by the now-established West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), which has life sciences firmly on its agenda. With the challenges and opportunities presented by the region’s six Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships - which bring together the NHS and local councils to improve health and care based on the needs of the whole population in each area – combined with the West Midlands’ enviable strengths in digital health, these are exciting times for the local life sciences economy.
     
    As well as presentations covering these hot topics across the life sciences sector, there will be three question time sessions. The speakers and panellists include national as well as local key opinion leaders.
     
    Tony Davis, Commercial Director of the WMAHSN, said: “This event will focus on the repercussions that the West Midlands Combined Authority, the joint work on Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and the upsurge in digital health developments will have on the regional life sciences and healthcare sector, and their potential impact as economic drivers for growth, as well as improving the health of the local population.
     
    “By attending this event, delegates will gain a greater understanding of the importance of economic impact in the healthcare sector, learn about WMAHSN mechanisms to support industry, academics and clinicians in accessing opportunities, responding to challenges and adopting innovations at scale and pace and importantly, network with others who have a stake in health provision and a say in policy and direction across the region to build on the West Midlands’ growing reputation for adopting cutting-edge technology to create wealth and improve patient care.”

    To find out more and to register, go to the WMAHSN website.
  • 21 November, 2017 - 07:40
    Funding Opportunities
    Trustee Position Opportunity at Extracare Charitable Trust
    Deadline – Monday 20th November 2017
    Extracare Charitable Trust are looking for Two Trustees: one with a background in social housing and one with a background in health and / or social care.  If you’re interested there is more information attached to this email, and applications close at noon on Monday 20 November 2017.
     
    Landmark Coventry University building designed by Broadway Malyan opens to students
    A new building for Coventry University that challenges the traditional health and science pedagogy has opened to its first cohort of students.  The £37 million Science and Health Building provides state of the art facilities and a unique immersive learning experience for students within the university’s Health and Life Sciences Faculty.  Read more here.  
     
    There are opportunities for guided tours around the new building.  If any colleagues are interested in learning more, then please contact Dr Vicki Ensor(Associate Head of School Enterprise and Commercial, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University)  in the first instance.
     
    -Innovate UK launches new pilot for Innovation Loans
    Innovate UK's new pilot programme of Innovation Loans for later stage R&D has officially been launched and SMEs in the Infrastructure Systems sector have the first opportunity to apply. The loans will offer affordable, flexible, repayable funding for later-stage research & development projects with a clear route to commercial success.  Read more here.
     
    Science Minister Jo Johnson announced £30 million for Innovate UK to boost business and graduate partnerships
    Science Minister Jo Johnson announced that Innovate UK will receive an extra £30 million of funding for the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) scheme which supports UK businesses to innovate and grow.  Read more here.
     
    SBRI: Mental Health
    Application deadline: 29.11.17
    NHS England have announced a new SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competition to find innovative new products and services for mental health. Their call is split into 3 categories: Children and Young People’s Mental Health; Depression, self-harm and suicide; New Models of Care (leading to improvements in operational productivity).  Read more here.
     
    Horizon 2020 Calls
    Horizon 2020 is the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. BEIS has further clarified Horizon 2020 underwrite for UK participants.
    • Better Health and Care, Economic Growth and Sustainable Health Systems - Implemented through five main priorities: Personalised medicine; Innovative health and care industry; Infectious diseases and improving global health; Innovative health and care systems - Integration of care; and Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being. Application deadline: 18.04.18.
    • Digital Transformation in Health and Care – Supporting the management of health and wellbeing while empowering the participation of citizens and facilitating the transformation of health and care services to more digitised, person-centred and community-based care models. Various application deadlines from: 24.04.18.
    • Trusted Digital Solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care - Aimed at multidisciplinary technologies and solutions in health and care, with a focus on cybersecurity to assure data privacy, security and protection of health and care infrastructures. Various application deadlines from: 24.04.18.
    • Eurostars - Open to all projects in all technology areas and market fields, but projects must have a civilian purpose. Application deadline: 01.03.18. 

    WMCA - Urban Challenge
    Urban Challenge is an open call competition for technology start-ups to develop new ideas to make the West Midlands a better place to live and work by pitching directly to the Mayor and the chance to work directly with officials from the West Midlands Combined Authority.
    Start-ups will win a prize package worth over £20,000 plus a guaranteed three-month pilot with the West Midlands Combined Authority, and support by Public in developing the proposition, pitch and sales strategy.  Read more here.
    The four separate challenges that start-ups can apply to, include the following:
    • Challenge #1 - Wellbeing
    • Challenge #2 - Housing
    • Challenge #3 - Youth Unemployment
    • Challenge #4 - Digital Citizenship
  • 21 November, 2017 - 07:38
    Upcoming Events
    WMAHSN Economic Summit 2017
    9am - 4pm ∙ 5 December 2017 ∙ The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham B5 4EW
    Join the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) at their fourth annual Economic Summit.  The summit will focus on the life sciences industry within the West Midlands, and the opportunities this affords not just in improving the health of the local population, but as a key driver of economic growth. The potential of the sector has been recognised as a pillar of economic progress by the now-established West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), which has life sciences firmly on its agenda. With the challenges and opportunities presented by the region’s six Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) - which bring together the NHS and local councils to improve health and care based on the needs of the whole population in each area – combined with the West Midlands’ enviable strengths in digital health, these are exciting times for the local life sciences economy.  Read more here.
     
    WMAHSN Digital Health Summit
    9.30am - 4pm, 12 December 2017 ∙ iCentrum, Innovation Holt Street, Birmingham B7 4BB
    The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) invites you to attend its Digital Health Summit on 12 December. Taking place at iCentrum in Birmingham, this summit will explore the mechanisms for identifying existing technologies and for working with partners in developing new tools and services that benefit the West Midlands region, including:
    • Global Digital Exemplars (GDEs) - national perspective and update
    • Digital maturity - from organisations to health economies
    • Driving digital innovation in the West Midlands
    • Local Digital Roadmaps - how technology and data are critical in delivering Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs)
    • WMAHSN's Meridian health innovation exchange
    • Digital transformation in mental health
    • Networks, including the WMAHSN Digital Health and Data Learning Community, the West Midlands Health Informatics Network, the GDE Network, Health 2.0 West Midlands and the Midlands Accord.
    Read more about the event here.  And to book your free place, visit Eventbrite.

    Hear from KTN speakers at major health conferences and events
    KTN is delighted to be involved in three forthcoming events on pharmaceuticals and medical technology. Terry O’Neill, Head of the KTN's Health Team, will join Digital Catapult‘s Andrew Chapman and Innovate UK‘s Karen Spink at the GIANT Health event Pharma track panel on Support for Pharma Innovation and Collaboration on November 28th-30th. David Calder, KTN's Knowledge Transfer Manager, will speak at Digital Heath Catalyst Technology Collaboration Workshop with Medilink UK in Nottingham on November 28th.  Director Sue Dunkerton OBE is chairing a panel at the Genesis 2017 MedTech Boardroom called Realising the Potential for UK MedTech on December 14th.  Read more here.
     
    GBSLEP Call roadshow
    28th November 2017, in the Chamber at Birmingham Council House.
    The roadshow will include the P1 and the P3 calls, and it is anticipated that there will be the launch of the P4 call.
     
    Rolling SUD Call
    22nd November 2017, Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) Workshop
    This is a combination of P4 and P6 to be spent within the zone of impact of HS2.  Read more here.
     
    Building the European digital health environment 
    EKTG eHealth Symposium supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland takes place in January 2017.  The aim of this event is to address better uptake of innovation in digital services and turn best practice into mainstreamed implementation.   Read more here.
     
    Photonics in the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Markets
    Wed, 13 Dec, Cardiff
    This CPI and KTN event gives you the opportunity to have your say on how future support for the photonics industry is delivered in the UK and to find out about industry best practice and emerging trends and developments in photonics in the UK and across the EU. Places still available.  Read more here.
     
    UK HealthTech - MediWales
    Tue, 5 Dec, Cardiff
    Sixth annual UK HealthTech conference looking to the future of patient therapies and the life science industry, with streams on Medtech, Biopharma and Healthcare. Read more here.
     
  • 21 November, 2017 - 07:30
    NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Cooperative Launch Event
    Wednesday 7th February 2018 09:30 – 16:30, Institute of Translational Medicine, Birmingham

    Following on from five successful years of the NIHR Trauma Management Healthcare Technology Cooperative (HTC), we want to celebrate the commencement of the NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Cooperative. We will continue working with patients, the public, charities, academics, clinicians and Industry to develop medical devices and healthcare technologies for trauma patients as well as the wider healthcare setting.

    We are hosting a collaborative launch event to set out the work streams which we will be focussing on over the next five years, in addition to sharing learning which we have gained through the NIHR Trauma HTC which will facilitate innovation in the MedTech sector.

    To sign up please register at due to limited spaces by clicking here
  • 21 November, 2017 - 07:26
    Latest funding calls and other opportunities
    NIHR School for Social Care Research
     
    Details: The main purpose in establishing the NIHR School of Social Care Research (SSCR) was to carry out world-leading research in social care in order to provide a focus for social care research within the NIHR and support the general development of social care research. The purpose of the new competition is to enable funding of a renewed and refreshed NIHR SSCR from 01 May 2019. It will enable the School to continue to fulfil its mission by helping to build on the progress made in the previous 2 funding phases.
     
    Over five years, funding in the region of £15 - 18 million will be available to support the School in these functions.
     
    Application deadline: 24th January 2018
     
    Find out more here.
     
    NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards - Call 15
     
    Details: Applications are invited for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) research proposals for translational R&D projects aimed at cultivating new techniques or technologies into innovative interventions which address existing or emerging healthcare needs. i4i supports projects developing innovative medical technology including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. i4i also supports projects which utilise and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.
     
    Deadline for proposals: 13th December 2017
     
    Find out more here.
      
    MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship Pre Doctoral (CRTF) opportunity: Jan 2018
     
    Details: The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree. Applications are welcome across all areas of the MRC’s remit to improve human health.
     
    CRTFs are usually 3 years. The minimum tenure of a CRTF is 2 years. Up to 4 years’ funding is available for patient-orientated CRTFs where the project will require significant amounts of patient contact.
     
    Deadline for proposals: 10th January 2018
     
    Find out more here.
      
    MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF) opportunity: Jan 2018
     
    Details: The 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. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research; however, it is expected that applicants’ clinical work helps to inform and strengthen their research work.
     
    The CSF provides four years' support. Patient-orientated proposals where the project will require significant amounts of patient contact may request up to five years’ support. The Tenure Track CSF also provides up to five years’ support.
     
    Deadline for proposals: 10th January 2018
     
    Find out more here.
      
    UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) – Consortium and Network Awards
     
    Details: An alliance of research funders have agreed to commit £50m to support research into the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The vision is to generate new insights into actionable, sustainable and cost-effective ways of preventing NCDs that will improve population health and reduce health inequalities in the UK. The research should address the ‘upstream’ determinants of NCDs and be co-produced with users (e.g. policy makers, practitioners, health providers, the third sector, the public etc.).
     
    As part of this call, the MRC held a one-day information and networking workshop on 18th May 2017 in London. A report of the workshop, along with presentations and audio recordings of the talks, is available.
     
    Deadline for proposals: 18th January 2018
     
    Find out more here.
      
    NIHR Funding deadlines calendar
    For an overview of the year’s NIHR calls and ongoing opportunities, please view the online calendar: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/current-funding-opportunities/ 
     
  • 7 November, 2017 - 08:31
    New research funding opportunity: NIHR i4i Product Development Awards - Call 15
    Applications are invited for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) research proposals for translational R&D projects aimed at cultivating new techniques or technologies into innovative interventions which address existing or emerging healthcare needs. i4i supports projects developing innovative medical technology including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. i4i also supports projects which utilise and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.

    For more information and to apply visit the NIHR website.

    If you need help with your application or would like to discuss whether your idea is in scope email us at i4i@nihr.ac.uk or call us on 020 8843 8015.