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  • 21 November, 2017 - 08:38
    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 - 08:30
    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 - 08:26
    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 - 09:31
    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.
  • 6 November, 2017 - 18:30
    Young people join leading politician at West Midlands workshop to shape mental health strategy
    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 (WMMHIN), one of the membership networks of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), hosted the event to discuss mental illness prevention approaches and services for children and young people at Walsall FC’s Banks’s Stadium.

    In early 2017, the WMAHSN was commissioned by the Birmingham System Strategies Board to develop a strategy report, in partnership with Forward Thinking Birmingham, to develop an integrated systems-wide approach to support the prevention of mental ill-health. The ‘Getting it Right, First Time – Mental Illness Prevention Strategy’ uses an evidence-based approach underpinned by the key principles of co-design, co-production and sustainability to identify key recommendations for focused work. 

    The event, developed and co-facilitated by the young people themselves in their role as WMHASN Young Ambassadors, focused on key priorities of the report and particularly the development of a demonstrator site. 

    MP and mental health campaigner Norman Lamb then spoke passionately to the 70 delegates of his own son’s experience of mental ill-health, how challenging this can be for young people and how the central involvement of young people is absolutely critical to the success of the project. Norman is currently the Liberal Democrats’ health spokesman and served most recently as Minister of State for Care and Support in the Department of Health.

    “We know that 75% of adult mental ill-health starts before the age of 18 and 50% before the age of 14, so the need to do better in those early years is of critical importance,” Norman told the audience of representatives from the health, emergency services, justice, academic, business, social enterprise and social care sectors. “Yet we spend about 0.6% of the total NHS budget on children and young people’s mental health. 

    “What is exciting about this project is it that is driven by evidence and a determination to evaluate the impact of what you’re doing here,” he added.
    The WMAHSN Young Ambassadors spoke bravely of their own experiences of mental illness, and then along with others went on to co-facilitate the afternoon’s workshop activities. The workshop asked delegates to contribute their ideas, approaches and innovations in the delivery of the prevention activity for children and young people.

    Sarah Appleby, Mental Health Programme Lead at WMAHSN, said: “The outcomes of the workshop will be used to inform approaches and ideas for development for the next step in the current programme of work, a feasibility study. The study will assist in the development of criteria and identification of a potential demonstrator site within the Birmingham and Solihull area, with the capacity for ‘fast followers’ in other areas of the West Midlands.”
  • 6 November, 2017 - 18:27
    AHSN Network welcomes new fast-track route into the NHS for breakthrough medicines and technologies
    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.

    Professor Mike Hannay, Chair of the AHSN Network, said: “The launch of the new Accelerated Access Pathway is excellent news, as we believe it will play an important role in bringing the recommendations from the Accelerated Access Review (AAR) to life.

    “The creation of a fast-track route into the health service for proven innovations is very much needed, and will perfectly complement the great strides already being made by the 15 Academic Health Science Networks around the country to spread innovation at pace and scale.

    “This includes our SBRI Healthcare programme, which in the last five years has awarded 224 contracts totalling £10.9 million in funding to UK companies who are developing exciting new healthcare solutions that tackle identified clinical needs. Our successful NHS Innovation Accelerator initiative is also working with healthcare entrepreneurs, and to date has helped introduce 26 innovations to over 900 NHS providers and purchasers.

    “We look forward to supporting the Accelerated Access Collaborative, in particular through our role in coordinating the new network of Innovation Exchanges.”
    Through the Accelerated Access Pathway selected products with the greatest potential to change lives could be available up to four years earlier by reducing the time taken to negotiate the evaluation and financial approvals necessary before the NHS can purchase them.

    Under the scheme, each year a number of products would receive “breakthrough” designation, unlocking a package of support to allow firms to accelerate clinical development and benefit from a fast-track route through the NHS’s approval processes.

    The Accelerated Access Pathway follows on from the £86 million funding package announced earlier in the year to help innovators of all sizes access the NHS market, with a central role for Academic Health Science Networks. This package includes:
    • £39m to encourage grassroots adoption and uptake of new medical technologies, driven by the 15 Academic Health Science Networks through Innovation Exchanges, which will assess the benefits of new technologies and support NHS uptake of those that deliver real benefits to patients in line with local needs
    • Increased support for small and medium-sized enterprises to help them build a stronger evidence base for their products, with £35 million over four years to help SMEs with digital products, and a £6 million scheme to support medtech, diagnostics and pharmaceutical products
    • £6 million to support clinicians to use new treatments and technologies in everyday practice.
    For more information on the Accelerated Access Pathway visit the Department of Health website, or download the government’s full AAR response here.
  • 6 November, 2017 - 18:25
    SwiftLocum becomes latest start-up to join Digital Health Quarter at Innovation Birmingham Campus
    Birmingham’s Serendip Smart City Incubator has welcomed its latest start-up company to its Digital Health Quarter, supporting the business to produce an app which could save NHS trusts hundreds of thousands of pounds on agency costs.

    The SwiftLocum mobile application was created by doctors who are aware of the burden of rota gaps and locum agency costs. The app allows NHS trusts to alert all registered doctors of new vacancies directly and instantly, who can then apply for them at the touch of a button. This will drastically reduce the need to escalate the vacancy to an expensive locum agency.

    Based at Innovation Birmingham Campus' iCentrum building, the Serendip Smart City Incubator programme provides market access and expertise for digital businesses through close partnerships with major organisations accelerating the early growth of new business, with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) the partner in the Digital Health Quarter.

    SwiftLocum was selected after an application process, and has been given access to six months’ free co-working space in the heart of Birmingham, with 1-2-1 business mentoring. By co-locating promising businesses with large, existing partners, the programme provides a platform to refine products and services while maintaining a commercial focus.

    Samandip Dhesi, Director at SwiftLocum, said: “As doctors, we are frustrated by the near-impossible task of booking extra NHS shifts. The methods used by NHS employers to connect with and recruit doctors are not fit for purpose, resulting in the NHS spending £3 billion on agency staff annually. This is why we developed SwiftLocum.

    “Before receiving a place at Serendip, our company was just an idea, and we had no resources to get it off the ground. Serendip has provided us with a space to grow and thrive amongst Birmingham’s most exciting start-ups. Within four months, we have gone from idea to pilot at what will be the largest NHS trust in the UK. With the support of the WMAHSN and Innovation Birmingham, we hope to continue our rapid growth and look forward to pitching our business at the Investment Showcase in November."

    The company will have access to a database of market influencers, clients and collaborators, as well as admission to over 140 specific start-up and innovation-focused events. Hugo Russell, Project Manager for the Serendip Smart City Incubator, added:

    “It is a pleasure to welcome SwiftLocum to the Serendip Smart City Incubator. To have an app that directly connects NHS trusts and doctors on board is a great sign of recognition for the programme and the Digital Health Quarter, as well as the Innovation Birmingham Campus. I look forward to working with SwiftLocum to help connect and grow the business with key partners, contacts and projects.”

    The Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator is open to UK wide start-ups, but they will need to relocate to the iCentrum building in the West Midlands in order to be supported by the corporate partners. To apply for the Serendip® Digital Health Quarter, please visit the click here. Applications will remain open while spaces are available.
  • 2 November, 2017 - 12:33
    WMAHSN launches video exploring the impacts of the Serendip® Digital Health Quarter
    WMAHSN has launched a brand new video, showcasing its Serendip® Digital Health Quarter

    Based at Innovation Birmingham's iCentrum building, the Serendip® Smart City Incubator programme provides market access and expertise for digital start-up businesses, with the WMAHSN the partner in the Digital Health Quarter.

    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 well as free high-tech office space for six months, the companies gain access to a database of market influencers, clients and collaborators, as well as admission to over 140 specific start-up and innovation-focused events. 

    The video, entitled "Serendip® Digital Health Quarter - unleashing the power of healthcare innovation", features three of the Serendip® tenants - Stan from Give Vision, Julie from Move it or Lose it! and Mahnaz from Medstars - 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.

    Neil Mortimer, Business Manager at WMAHSN, explains how this improves both patient care and the local economy, while Innovation Birmingham's Hugo Russell outlines the key benefits of being a Serendip® tenant.

    To view the video, go to YouTube.
  • 2 November, 2017 - 11:21
    Innovation and Adoption Service goes for gold with recognition from ideasUK
    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.

    Last year, the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) gained silver level accreditation from ideasUK for its Innovation and Adoption Service. The service 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. These include an Industry Innovation Gateway, membership of MidTECH, the technology transfer office for the NHS in the West Midlands, and the Meridian online innovation exchange, a pioneering interactive platform for anyone to share their expertise and ideas, build networks and make contact with like-minded people.

    Now the service has received gold accreditation following independent validation from ideasUK, which works with organisations worldwide, promoting employee suggestion schemes to harness the power of innovative ideas. 

    The ideasUK accreditation is an external assessment which focuses on key areas, including finance and regulation, programme rules and process, organisation, communication and publicity, rewards and recognition, performance, continuous improvement and development, training and management information.

    Zena Cox, Operations Director at ideasUK, said: “For more than a decade, the ideasUK Accreditation Programme has been a way for organisations to give both internal and external prominence to their employee innovation. Each year, those organisations which apply have their employee innovation programmes subjected to an external assessment by ideasUK. A review of key areas is carried out and guidance is given on where to focus improvement efforts.

    “I am delighted to say that in 2017, the Innovation and Adoption Service has significantly developed over the previous year, which has resulted in gold level accreditation. The gold accreditation ultimately provides our members with assurance that the service is considered among the best ideas schemes across the UK.”

    Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager at WMAHSN, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that our Innovation and Adoption Service gained gold accreditation from ideasUK, improving on the high standard set last year.

    “We have been provided with the evaluation report with a clear indication of the service's strong points, especially finance and regulation, process, communications and publicity and continuous improvement. This provides us with a platform to develop the service, including Meridian, with the view to it being adopted by more organisations throughout the West Midlands and beyond.

    “The accreditation aims to act as an annual review and while it’s a great opportunity to validate and market the service, it’s actually the potential development areas highlighted in the report where the real benefit is to be found. We’re hoping that by building on the strengths of the service and implementing these suggestions, we will gain platinum accreditation at the next review.”
  • 27 October, 2017 - 08:25
    Medilink Awards 2017
    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

    Applications are now open for this year's Medilink West Midlands Awards, so make sure you get your applications in! Each category is listed below and the application forms can be downloaded via the appropriate link.

    Our Judges will be meeting in December to review all of the applications and shortlisted applicants will be announced before Christmas, and winners will be announced on the day. We wish you the very best of luck!

    Remember all shortlisted applicants will receive 2 free tickets to the Awards Ceremony; tickets can also be purchased for those that want to attend. It will be a fun filled night with plenty of surprises, so come along and celebrate with Medilink West Midlands. Each of the winners will have the chance to compete in the Medilink UK Awards, taking place at Europe's largest healthcare innovation; Med-Tech Innovation Expo at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. 

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. For more information on our awards and how to get involved, click here.

    Start Up Award
    Innovation Award
    Partnership with the NHS Award
    Supply Chain Award
    Export Achievement Award
    Outstanding Achievement Award

    Remember you have to be in it to win it!


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