FAQ

Initial Submission
What is meant by initial submission?

Meridian consists of a two stage submission process.  The initial submission provides a summary of your innovation to enable us to circulate to our networks and generate interest.  Once you have submitted this you will be then asked for more detailed information around commercial activity, regulatory approvals etc.
 
Please note that for any innovation to complete the WMAHSN opportunities process a full detailed submission is required.
 
This review is undertaken at the initial review stage and we will endeavor to support you to ensure you provide the right information to inform this review. 

Detailed Submission
What information do you require around Investment sought? 

Are you asking for further investment? if so what is this for e.g. resource, evaluation, expertise etc and include information on what this would consist of and costs etc. 

What information do you require around Investment Activity?

Please describe what stage of investment you have reached and whether you are seeking additional rounds of investment. Please include cash investment as well as investment of soft assets such as access to specialist equipment, knowledge, trial base etc. Please indicate the types/sources of your investment such as grants etc.
 
Essentially how have you funded the project to date, or who has contributed to get the project this far.  

What information do you require around Research Information? 

This relates to any research and evaluations you have conducted - you mention a proof of concept study, is there any information relating to this that would be useful to share? This isn’t a mandatory section so if you have nothing then this can be left blank. 

What information do you require around Commercial Information? 

Please describe how the product/service is being developed commercially, whether in development, trials, pilot or full commercial delivery. Include the results you have from any market surveys or scoping of level of clinical need for your solution e.g. how big it the challenge that your innovation addresses. Please include any research you have on the broader commercial opportunity for the innovation both within the NHS nationally and internationally and any evidence or market forecasts. 
 
If you have a current version of your business plan which you are prepared to share with us then please attach it. Please include the target pricing for the innovation, volume pricing and specific NHS discounts. 
 
If you have conducted any competitive analysis, then please please describe any research you have completed on the competitive landscape for this product/service and how/why this innovation will offer a cost/ outcome/ efficiency improvement not already available or in development.
 
Essentially what is the business model you wish to adopt to scale up your innovation? 

What information do you require around Regulatory Approvals? 

This relates to any current or planned regulatory approvals relating to the innovation. This relates to MHRA, Clinical Trials and ethical approvals.  It also relates to any technical standards the product/service has been approved for. E.g. CE mark. 
 
If there are no regulatory approvals relating to your innovation simply state this in this section to show that you have considered them. 

What is meant by a detailed submission?

Meridian consists of a two stage submission process.  The initial submission provides a summary of your innovation to enable us to circulate to our networks and generate interest.  Once you have submitted this you will be then asked for more detailed information around commercial activity, regulatory approvals etc.
 
Please note that for any innovation to complete the WMAHSN opportunities process a full detailed submission is required.
 
This review is undertaken at the initial review stage and we will endeavor to support you to ensure you provide the right information to inform this review. 

Campaigns
How do I submit my own campaign?

If you would like to submit a campaign to Meridian please contact Tammy Holmes (tammy.holmes@wmahsn.org) who will talk you through the process. 

Review Process
What does it mean when I receive an email stating my innovation requires further information?

Before we publish any innovation it is reviewed by our Meridian operational group to ensure that you get the best out of your submission.  On occasions there may be some unanswered questions or additional information we feel would help your innovation.  Therefore, we will contact you with the relevant details and move your innovation to ‘requires further information’ to enable you to edit before we progress this further. 

Who will see my information marked as ‘confidential’?

There are Meridian moderators (members of the WMAHSN, Medilink West Midlands and MidTECH) who are able to see any content marked as ‘Confidential’ in order to assess the innovation more effectively and practically support you the development of your innovation without giving away too much information.

What is meant by ‘implemented’?

The WMAHSN opportunities process is also managed through our Meridian Innovation Health Exchange.  Therefore, implemented refers to an innovation that has been implemented or completed by the WMAHSN. We acknowledge that other innovations have been implemented in a healthcare setting and this information can be provided in the main innovation submission. 

What is meant by ‘approved’?

The WMAHSN opportunities process is also managed through our Meridian Innovation Health Exchange.  Therefore, approved refers to an innovation that has been approved by the WMAHSN board through the opportunities process.

What is the Initial Review Rating?

All innovations are reviewed by our Meridian Operational Team to look at whether they are inline with the WMAHSN themes and priorities.  This helps us to inform the work that we undertake as an AHSN.  The review includes the following: 


 

At what point will it be going to the adoption stage?"

While Meridian has been designed to share and promote good practice, our WMAHSN opportunities process is also managed through the system.  The status bar indicates at what state you are at in our opportunities process and while not all innovations require support from the WMAHSN the accepted and adoption stages refer to those innovations that have undergone the approval process. 

General
I have submitted my innovation but it does not appear as published.

All innovations are reviewed by our meridian operational team prior to making them live on the Meridian platform. This review is purely for completeness and will ensure you get the most from the platform. If there is any subsequent information require a member of the team will contact you and support you to submit this accordingly.

My pictures are showing in my draft submission but not when I submit.

File names will not show properly if they contain spaces, special characters, number of quote marks. If you remove these your pictures should show correctly.  If you have any further problems please contact the Meridian Team (meridian@wmahsn.org),

How can I help my Innovation on Meridian?

Meridian has been designed to support the adoption of good practice and share lessons learned.  By submitting your innovation onto Meridian you are entering into a two step process whereby your ideas is put to the WMAHSN and its associated networks to discuss, comment and share.  You are also submitting your innovation as a solution to an identified challenge with the potential of having some identified support to promote and adopt your innovation across the west midlands. 
While we will do our utmost to circulate and generate discussion you can also help.  If you want to support your innovation then help us to get the conversation going and consider doing the following:

  1. Sharing your innovation via your social networking e.g. Twitter, Webpages etc
  2. Circulate the innovation to existing users and collaborators to gather feedback
  3. Comment on other people’s submissions
Your participation will help strengthen our innovations and support the sharing of information across the health and social sector. 
 

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