Other innovations
If your innovation doesn’t fit any of the active categories then this is the place to submit your innovation for feedback and the opportunity for wider adoption across the region.

Ideas (Education, training and future workforce)

Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Do you feel the frustration of having a really great idea, stonewalled by the people you’re trying to help?
WCBL is a training and coaching package we're developing to help Healthcare Transformation champions resolve the people-factor issues they face
Overview of Innovation:
What is the WCBL Package?
  • There are existing courses to address the rational, process approach to change
  • This package complement those, by addressing the human, emotional side of change.
  • We will use a people-centred approach, focusing on key aspects of how we think, communicate and build resilience as individuals.
  • The package will include various coaching methods, using traditional coaching and NLP communication tools as most appropriate.
  • The package will consist of two main elements:
    • A Digital Coaching & Training Course to bring the delegates up to an initial capability;
    • An Ongoing Support facility to help the delegates apply their newfound skills in practice and to facilitate resolution of more challenging issues.
Course Structure
The course is made up of a number of live sessions, mainly provided digitally by webinar, sandwiched with initial and final sessions face-to-face.
WCBL Toolkit: The live course elements are supplemented by an online digital ‘toolkit’ of useful video and written material, available to the delegates throughout. 
WCBL – Ongoing Support
Course ‘graduates’ will have gained new skills in resolving people-factor issues.  Ongoing support facilitates the transition to using these in practice.  This support also makes use of a mix of digital online and direct elements.

Package Aims
  • To empower delegates with understanding and rapport, so as to address human and emotional aspects of transformation programmes.
  • To build their resilience, providing the energy and motivation to resolve such issues.
What are the initial course Measurable Objectives?
  • To enable transformation ‘champions’ to resolve c.80% of the people-factor (non-functional, emotional, ‘illogical’) issues that they come across.
What are the ongoing support Measurable Objectives?
  • To enable transformation ‘champions’ to resolve nearly all of the remaining, more challenging people-factor issues that they come across.
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Education, training and future workforce / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
The NHS and local councils are developing and implementing shared proposals to improve health and care in every part of England. Over the next few years, these represent the biggest national move to join up care in any major western country.” A large part of this work is underpinned by several digital health initiatives - WCBL provides the necessary skills and capabilities for NHS Transformation Teams to actually deliver what they are intended to.
Initial Review Rating
3.20 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
WIth digital health initiatives successfully in place, the WM population will have much better access to timely patient care, often in the comfort of their own home.  WCBL will allow these initiatives to succeed much more quickly and effectively.
Current and planned activity: 
Have held some discussions with healthcare agencies in the NW. 

Currently, have just completed Proof of Concept trials with with webinar taster sessions and WCBL Toolkit 'appetisers', to assess feasibility and hone the approach.  The results have been very promising, and are to be discussed with the healthcare agencies once written up.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The coaching and training elements are, in themselves, generally available.  The specific mix of techniques and the course syllabus are Evsco Ltd commercial IPR. The webinar and toolbox platforms are commercially available (currently WebEx and Teachable).
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Andrew Evans 18/09/2018 - 18:39 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Teleswallowing enables poorly people to be seen more rapidly by specialists and improves staff productivity threefold
Overview of Innovation:
Teleswallowing is an approach using technology whereby a speech and language therapist can run a virtual clinic to triage, manage and review his/her patients with eating and drinking problems (dysphagia).  Teleswallowing Ltd staff train the carers within residential and care settings to be able to link remotely with speech therapists to provide rapid access to specialist skills to avoid unnecessary distress, avoidable deterioration and hospital admissions.  Speech and Language Therapy is a scarce resource and the waiting lists to see a specialist are long.  The use of Teleswallowing technology prevents vulnerable people suffering and can be used as an out of hours/weekend cover approach. 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
I developed the approach at Blackpool where it is used; NWAHSN sponsored its development in Cheshire and West Hants CCG has commissioned the use in Southampton.  We have proven, through clinical trials supervised by Dr Liz Boaden from the University of Central Lancashire, that the approach increases staff productivity three fold and saves approximately £60 per assessment.  University College London used the approach in a workforce scoping project and found that 10.38 weeks of speech therapy time could be saved by using Teleswallowing.  Please see all evaluations on www.teleswallowing.com
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Many SLTs (speech and language therapists) are women working part time and below their level of training due to having child care or elderly parent responsibilities.  We would like to upscale our approach so that we not only offer training in the approach, but are able to deliver commissions for weekend/out of hours cover remotely, giving the opportunity for West Midland SLTs to work from home at hours best suited to their life and also help reduce the waiting times for sick people needing dysphagia assessments.  The SLTs would earn a better income, use their hard earned skills and be of benefit to the health system - by utilising a modern, digital approach.
Current and planned activity: 
The approach is used at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, Cheshire and West Hampshire CCG.  I am bidding for a Women in Innovation award (Innovate UK) in order to develop the approach into an e-learning package, an app which then will be a digital clinic portal whereby SLTs will book in their availability to fulfil contracts remotely.  The SLTs will also be able to take advantage of the e-learning videos/second opinions/webinars which I intend to develop if I win the funding which goes with the Women in Innovation bid.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Teleswallowing Ltd is a limited company and we have registered the name as ours.  The intellectual property is ours.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Veronica Southern 09/09/2018 - 15:59 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Giving one drop of blood for analysis by SOMAscan informs me of my current health status, and helps my doc give me the right advice to reverse or prevent further disease development, or guide their treatment recommendations that will work first time!
Overview of Innovation:
The measurement of 5,000 blood proteins (a quarter of the human protein repertoire) is now possible on a reproducible and industrial scale in clinically-accredited central lab settings. Prior analysis of hundreds of thousands of study subjects' and patient blood samples, whose basic & physiological measurements, life style and clinical histories have been collated, has been used to create a suite of health status defining algorithms that define risk of disease event occuring over 1-5 year time horizons, rates of development, and likelihood of response to alternative intervention that are available.  Whereas rudimentary 'disease risk' insights such as Framingham cardiovascular diasease (CVD) risk scores and QRISK2 are used in public health, primary care and specialist acute care settings to augment disease prevention or guide optimal treatment choices, it is now possible to expand this range of probablistic medicine insights.  Expanding the repertoire beyond CVD to include pre-diabetes conversion to full diabetes or development of complications (amputations, kidney failure, blindness) that lead to costly or catastrophic outcomes, is a starting point.  However, diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis, which leads to liver cancer & failure is another silent killer whose development can be revealed just by applying a different status-prognosis algorithm to protein measurements derived from the same blood sample.  Chronic disease management and care accounts for ~70% of healthcare costs with diabetes alone consuming 10% of the NHS' entire budget and so these are worthy of attention for  prevention, early disease interception (at a reversible stage), or optimising existing care paths that maximise available resources to deliver disease management interventions.  Our primary focus is to prolong and improve population wellbeing such that patient treatment outcomes leads to broad adoption.  However, whereas traditional diagnoses rely heavily on clinical symptoms, SomaLogic's AI-derived algorithms consider the molecular underpinnings of disease.  Clinically-defined diseases are treated in standardised ways which doesn't always work.  Identifying patients with treatment-refractory disease could help target those into research programmes including clinical trials for novel regimens or pharmacological agents.  A secondary output of routine adoption could be creation of an accelerated trial recruitment resource to attract pharma partners.
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Healthcheck, although ultimately funded by Public Health England, commissioned by City Councils and delivered through contracted CCGs/GPs, is of questionable value.  A battery of tests whose results are combined with additional clinical parameters and a consultation with a GP or practice nurse, is designed to pre-empt intervention in patients with rising risk for cardiovascular disease or identified as having 'frank' disease.  The net contribution based on opportunity savings delivered to the NHS and the cost of delivering the HealthCheck programme is close to zero.  The repertoire of diseases whose status can be tested for, could be expanded to include multiple silent diseases, as well as provision of range of physiological status-related insights that could complement the patient review process.  For example, patients at risk of developing frank diabetes could be managed more objectively and successfully.  A reduction by 1% of patients converting to full diabetes could equate to £100 million/year by their avoidance of costly complications such as stroke, amputations, kidney failure and blindness.  Avoidance of liver failure associated with liver fibrosis, could contribute further significant opportunity savings: Coupling life style (e.g. dietary education or excercise on prescription) or emerging pharmacological interventions with conveniently measured disease status insights will be required.  However, rather than creating increased burden on NHS resources, provision of clinically validated insights but could also create opportunities for third party organisations beyond the NHS in offering relevant health-maintaining or disease-reversing solutions.
Initial Review Rating
3.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
In a county in which 29% of the population is clinically obese there is a higher risk compared to the majority of the UK population, for diabetes and also fatty liver disease-related complications.  Treatment costs for the latter alone costs the NHS (England) around £1billion/year.  Providing disease risk insights to citizens and their health practictioners, particuarly if the information is objective and made actionable, could be used to support increased health literacy, increase patient activation (motivation), and support the best choice and resource-optimal delivery of advice and clinical interventions.  Ultimately, compliance with such advice and insights will improve the healh of the local population, reduce the burden of dependancy on long-term chronic disease care, and perhaps even result in development of a health-focused preventive health solution provider market.
Current and planned activity: 
SomaLogic has submitted plans for implementation of diabetes risk and complication development predicting algorithms in the routine primary care setting in Leeds (one CCG and 3 GPs). The objective is to use the more objective patient profiling (identified through hypertention clinics) to promote deeper patient enagement measured through increased patient uptake of commissioned nutritional education programmes and/or gym by prescription.  Logistics around blood collection, processing, analysis and data delivery and presentation will be evaluated and optimised, after whcih there is scope to expand this initiative to a wider geographical region.  However, there is scope to evaluate the utility of additional disease status (risk), and prognostication algorithms within the different clinical settings and associated clinical workflows, in neighbouring geographies.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
SOMAscan is a patented proprietary protein measurement technology.  Algorithms developed using artifical intelligence to mine for associations between patient characteristics, lifestyle histories, clinical interventions and decades of clinical follow-up/outcome data (2 million years) that correlate with patterns for 5,000 protein measurements (mined from 2 billion protein data points), provides a highly defensible starting position.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very low
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Anthony John Bartlett 11/07/2018 - 15:11 Publish 2 comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
This project uses art to inspire and inform, targeting geographical areas of social disadvantage where breastfeeding rates are low/ mothers may not have access to current research and may be unduly influenced by cultural barriers to breastfeeding.
Overview of Innovation:
Funded by ACE from 2017-18, the series of twenty-three photographic portraits of mothers breastfeeding by Lisa Creagh (Artist Practitioner) was animated into a film and exhibition-ready prints in January 2018. From January – May ‘Holding Time’ was shown at Fabrica Gallery, ONCA Gallery and Royal Brompton Hospital in London, in print, video and installation formats, accompanied by talks and workshops. ONCA featured a Breastfeeding Hub where comfortable seating encouraged mothers to stay longer and talk with other mothers. 
 
A dedicated website (www.the-parlour.org), was set up to broadcast interviews using Lisa Creagh’s YouTube channel. Here interviews by Lisa Creagh and Lucila Newell with participating mothers were posted as 5minute Podcasts. A Facebook promotion and postcard campaign drew visitors to the website, where a BLOG written by Sociologist Lucila Newell explored issues surrounding the cultural barriers to breastfeeding and an events page directed them to exhibitions and workshops/talks.  
 
Findings:
  1. Responses from audience at exhibitions was more mixed in gender and age than anticipated
  2. Workshops and talks were attended by more academic, medical and health researchers/practitioners than expected
  3. Online sharing of ‘Holding Time’ slideshow brought a large proportion of the audience to Podcasts 
  4. ‘The Parlour’ was not needed as a separate brand identity for the website: numbers of direct visitors were less significant than online sharing and YouTube recommendations. 
  5. The Breastfeeding Hub resulted in longer visits to exhibition
  6. Interviews/talks/workshops revealed structural barriers within health practice.
 
Figures (Jan-May 2018) 
 
Exhibitions x 10 days/ 435 visitors
Website: 1,000 users/ +67%
Talks x 2: 70 attendees
Facebook fans 303 posts/+91 fans/ +695 engagement
Instagram: +87 posts/+346 followers/ +1.4k engagement 
Twitter: 155 Tweets/+55 Followers/+25 engagements 
YouTube Analytics: 8,907 Views/ +6,710/60 Likes/+63 Subscribers
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
There is a wide disparity between the emphasis on breastfeeding in culture and the support for mothers attempting to breastfeed for the first time. There are approximately 700,000 newborn babies in the UK each year. Of these, a high proportion will be to new mothers with no experience or understanding of breastfeeding. Much funding for Health Visitor run baby groups and drop-ins throughout the country have been cut in the past two years due to budget constraints, leading to increasing social isolation of new mothers. Young mothers in particular may not have ever encountered another breastfeeding mother, given that the last generation was largely encouraged to bottle-feed. 

Holding Time is a project designed to address inequality and lack of opportunity. We know from a huge body of evidence that breastfed babies have better short and long term physical and emotional health outcomes.[1]But drop out rates in breastfeeding are still perilously high. Currently young women from disadvantaged backgrounds have breastfeeding rates of less than 29%[2]. But until cultural attitudes towards breastfeeding change, it is unlikely that this will be improved. 
 
One of the greatest challenges new mothers face is overcoming the dominant negative attitude towards breastfeeding in public[3]. The Infant Feeding Survey 2010 shows that In Brighton, breastfeeding rates are higher than the national average, but these statistics hide inequalities. 

The nature of this work is discursive,opening dialogues around breastfeeding between not only women, but also genders and generations where arguably there can be wide disparities in opinion. 

Using social media, a local postcard campaign to GPs, and a YouTube channel, the project uses the exhibition in a local community space as an opportunity to engage and invite the public to engage in multiple ways.
 
[1]Department of Health. Breastfeeding and the NHS Priorities and Planning Framework 2003-2007 (modified February 2007). London: Department of Health. www.dh.gov.uk/  
[2]https://www.jfhc.co.uk/Who_wants_to_eat_in_a_toilet_20947.aspx: “The prevalence of initiation of breast-feeding varies between neighbourhoods from 28% to 80.6%.”
[3]45% of mothers reported that they felt uncomfortable breastfeeding in front of other people, and this was most acute in public places (43%) http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB08694/Infant-Feeding-Survey-2010-Consolidated-Report.pdf
Benefit to WM population:
Looking at the Public Health England Statistical findings of 2017/18 Quarter 3: the latest data on breastfeeding prevalence at 6-8 weeks after birth, areas such as Stoke on Trent, Sandwell and Nottinghamshire have particularly low rates of breastfeeding (31.8%, 37.2% and 39.5% respectively) for example but again these statistics represent take up, which would drop considerably within a couple of months. Given that the WHO has recently defended its position of the benefits of breastfeeding for at least two years, the challenge is to inspire this minority of mothers who do take up breastfeeding to continue for longer and to inspire more mothers to try, particularly young women who seem to struggle with the public face of breastfeeding. 
Current and planned activity: 
Next Stage:
 
  • Stimulate and curate conversations around breastfeeding to the public 
  • Dr Debra Bick (Expert)/Lisa Creagh to approach medical and academic researchers in the field of breastfeeding for content and collaboration
  • Podcast interviews with medical researchers, Paediatricians, midwives and heath practitioners to inform and integrate research with opinion, capitalising on the wide reach of YouTube platform. 
  • BLOG to comprise of guest posts by medical researchers focusing on issues raised by women in workshops and interviews e.g. the struggle to feed in the early stages, the establishment of lactation, post partum care, expressing, breastfeeding in public, etc
  • Tour of Holding Time to locations across the UK with low breastfeeding rates, including Breastfeeding Hubs where possible/appropriate
  • Facebook/Instagram channels to promote the exhibitions and web content above 
  • Accessibility expanded through transcripts/closed caption subtitles 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Copyright of all images is held by Lead Artist Lisa Creagh
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Lisa Creagh 15/06/2018 - 15:13 Archived Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
RespiraSense demonstrated a potential for 6-12 hours earlier detection of patient deterioration when compared to the standard of care. Putting that into context, for every 30-minute delay in treating Sepsis, increases the risk of mortality by 7%.
Overview of Innovation:
RespiraSense is the world's only continuous respiratory rate monitor. Respiratory rate is the earliest and single most sensitive indicator of patient deterioration, more so than heart rate if systolic blood pressure. In fact, 26 breaths per minute are considered the earliest point of divergence between Spo2 and respiratory rate. Giving rise to 12+hours of false security is accurate RR is not measured. 

The standard of care remains the manual counting of breaths per minute, which has been shown to be biased and prone to error. With evidence showing no change in the quality of measurements for over 170 years (1846SirHutchenson) (2017Badawy). 

RespiraSense gives medical teams the advantage of being able to intervene early, thus reducing time to intervention and improving outcomes. Outcomes such as Average Lenght of Stay, Average Unit Cost of Care, and Patient Safety targets can be achieved. 

RespiraSense is a simple, wireless, and discrete wearable monitor, placed on at admission and worn/measuring continuously for upto 7 days. Each patient recieves a new sensor and a reusable electronic device or Lobe. See how the system works @ 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6KB1hBPQbM​ 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Each year, there are approximately 500,000 admissions of Sepsis and Pneumonia with an average unit cost of £4,600 per admission. These two conditions are increasing in incidence and oftentimes lead to an escalation of care due to the risk of undetected deterioration. It is shown that a 5% reduction in the escalation of care of these two pathways alone, through the use of continuous Respiratory Rate monitoring triggering decreased time to interventions (Fluids, Oxygen, Antibiotics, Steroids), can reduce the average unit cost by £300 and the average length of stay by 0.5 days. This translates into a total Net cash saving of £115m and 250K bed days. Popular opinion suggests that as high as 20% reduction is achievable - Evidence pending. 

Each event prevented, having an average cost of £25,000, will pay for a whole year's supply of sensors for one year. 
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
West Midlands Trusts are driving the awareness of Sepsis through their ambulance services, patient awareness campaigns, and in-hospital initiatives. With 44,000 lives lost each year attributed to Sepsis, it is important to Prevent, Diagnosis Early, and Effectively Treat the condition. RespiraSense focused on the area of Diagnosis Early. Research suggests that NEWS2 is a more sensitive indicator of deterioration due to Sepsis than QSOFA. Both of which have Respiratory Rate as a key parameter to measure. There is clearly value in monitoring this essential vital sign accurately, and clear additional benefit to having it monitored continuously. RespiraSense achieves both with low impact of False alarm due to its innovative design, boasting advanced motion-tolerance. 
Current and planned activity: 
PMD Solutions is working with Nursing Times to launch an educational campaign on the clinical science and importance of respiratory rate monitoring in acute care clinical practice. 

In addition, PMD Solutions is looking for Respiratory and Emergency teams to partner with and create a culture of Peer Leadership in the development of best practice for respiratory rate monitoring. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
RespiraSense is positioned to be the new industry standard in respiratory rate monitoring. It is patented in Europe, United States, China, Hong Kong, and Japan. 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Myles Murray 02/03/2018 - 19:46 Archived Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Consultant Connect enables a GP to dial a single number to immediately reach an appropriate specialist.  Immediate Advice and Guidance is better for patients, clinicians & NHS. It is currently used in Elective, Urgent & Mental Health care settings.
Overview of Innovation:
Consultant Connect www.consultantconnect.org.uk is a simple CCG funded telecoms system that provides GPs with immediate access to telephone-based specialty mental health advice and guidance. By talking to a specialist, often whilst the patient is still in the surgery, the GP is better able to provide the right care first time to the patient, often avoiding an unnecessary referral or admission.  The specialist is based within a nearby NHS Trust Hospital.
 
GP calls connect directly, via a standard rate number, to teams of local specialists via their mobile phones with each specialist getting c 20 seconds to answer a call before it automatically forwards on to the next specialist. By connecting to teams of specialists, rather than to individuals, the connection rates are high.  The order in which specialists receive calls is based on a Rota of specialist availability that has been provided by the team. This rota can be either managed by us or by the team itself through an online portal.  The team of specialists are based in the local NHS Trusts.
 
Once connected, calls are recorded as highly encrypted, information-governed digital files which provide a medico-legal record which is available to the relevant GP practice and specialist team.  At the end of the call GPs are asked to stay on the line for a few seconds to rank the outcome – this gives the CCG a broad view as to the effectiveness of the system and their investment in it. Specialists are also asked to rank the outcome via text message as a back-up.
 
This service is in operation nationally across many specialties in physical and mental health.

In what instances should/can Consultant Connect be used?
The way in which this system is used is ultimately determined by the CCGs, Trust/Specialists and GP practices collectively, but it is generally accepted that calls will be made for patient-specific advice.
 
Within mental health we can connect GPs to the most appropriate mental health clinical professional (e.g. Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist) to discuss issues such as:
  • Whether a referral is needed
  • Medication management/prescribing questions
  • Access to crisis support
We offer our service to best meet local needs between service users, GPs and Mental Health Trusts. 
 
We can tailor by service, specialty or pathway.
The speed of connection is such that the GP’s can (at their discretion) call whilst a patient is still with them.

Consultant Connect Service
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWmNUubMCAE
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Why Trusts and CCGs work with us
  • Better patient experience – speeds up the care pathway, avoidance of unnecessary visits and contact with secondary care services, reductions in follow-up visits to GP Practices
  • Better GP experience – more patient episodes conclude with no follow-up work, case based learning, reconnecting with specialists
  • Better specialist experience – reduction in inappropriate referrals to secondary care services, reduction in the number of written requests for advice that require responses, reconnecting with GPs
  • Better for the mental health trust and CCG – full tracking of Advice & Guidance activity, greater ‘whole system’ efficiency, with savings available to support other hospital and community initiatives

How we perform
  • In Physical Health, across all elective care specialties, 66% of calls to Consultant Connect result in the patient avoiding a trip to hospital (referral or admission)
     
  • In Physical Health, across all of urgent care specialties, 27% of calls avoid a hospital trip that day (attendance or admission) and a further 36% of from A&E
     
  • In Mental Health, 39% of calls to our Mental Health Advice & Guidance line avoided a referral
 
What a Consultant Connect call has meant to …
… GPs
“The call enabled me to deal with some abnormal results in an efficient manner – which tests to request and what to do with the results. Saved a referral.”

… Consultants
“I took a call regarding a patient with syncope and ataxia. I avoided an unnecessary admission and got the lady seen urgently in an outpatient clinic.”

… Commissioners
“Consultant Connect is our only QIPP scheme that is over delivering against its YTD QIPP target. I’m genuinely struggling to know how to deal with all this positivity. It’s very unusual in my line of work. Great news.”
 
Testimonials:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEu7QDT4PzI
 
Initial Review Rating
4.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Nearly 2,000 patients were spared an avoidable visit to hospital in the West Midlands by GPs who used Consultant Connect to contact specialists for immediate advice.
 
Doctors in the West Midlands turned to Consultant Connect, which allows them to speak to a specialist, often with the patient still in the room and can save them waiting days for a response or being sent to hospital for further checks.
 
Around 1,850 patients were spared going to Sandwell Hospital as well as Heartland and Good Hope Hospitals in Birmingham.
 
The service covers cardiology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynaecology, general surgery, haematology, paediatrics, renal medicine, urology and respiratory medicine.
 
Since the phone line launched, GPs from 100 surgeries across Walsall, Sandwell and Solihull have made nearly 2,500 calls to specialists to get expert advice on the best care for their patients.
 
Consultant Connect estimates that West Midlands GPs and consultants have saved the NHS £570,000 by ensuring patients get the right treatment from the beginning.
 
When local GPs used Consultant Connect, around 50 per cent of their patients avoided the inconvenience of a trip to hospital.
 
Ref: Pharmacy Choice, 9 June, 2017
https://www.pharmacychoice.com/news/article.cfm?Article_ID=1832970
In one West Midlands CCG, the number of outpatient referrals dropped by 6 per cent over a three-month period.   This was Solihull CCG into HEFT (Heart of England Foundation Trust). 
https://www.consultantconnect.org.uk/breaking-news-ccg-establishes-consultant-connect-responsible-for-6-dip-in-referrals

We are currently working with the following CCGs in the West Midlands AHSN area:
 
Solihull CCG, Coventry and Rugby CCG, South Warwickshire CCG, North Warwickshire CCG, Worcestershire (South Worcestershire CCG, Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and Wyre Forest CCG).  We are also working with the GP Federation Modality Partners in Sandwell.
 
We are working with the following Trusts:
  • HEFT - Heart of England NHS FT
  • SWFT - South Warwickshire NHS FT
  • UHCW - University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • WAHT - Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust - SWBH
  • George Eliot Hospital (GEH)
Current and planned activity: 
Current activity:
We are delivering Consultant Connect with over 45 CCGs across the UK, covering more than 12.8 million patients and over 1,700 GP practices.  To date we have handled 98,000 calls.

Planned/Required activity:
We would like to further roll out Consultant Connect to willing GPs and Trusts.  We would also appreciate any assistance in undertaking a formal return on investment review of our service to show very clear and robust data that we save money, and quickly.
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Consultant Connect Ltd own the telecoms system software and BI data reporting.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Jenny Welling-Palmer 15/02/2018 - 13:38 Publish 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
A secure training platform using high quality video content and cutting edge learning technology. We produce high-quality courses, or update or convert your existing training material accessible via smartphone, tablet or computer – anytime/anywhere
Overview of Innovation:
The medics.academy platform has been designed with security to protect against inappropriate access and copyright infringement with an option to request users to pay per view.
medics.academy combines engaging content, low cost access and accessibility. Healthcare professionals from across the UK and internationally can benefit from consistent, sustainable educational programmes that will have a significant effect on performance and patient safety.
Medics Academy (MA) - Delivery Platform - Flow diagram
medics.academy (MA) - Delivery Platform

The platform incorporates unique technology to allow high quality video content to be viewed anywhere across the world without loss of quality. This allows educators, subject matter experts or partner organisations to securely distribute high quality, high value courses that may be of a sensitive, private medical nature. Programmes for or that target their audience whilst protecting their access to them and ensuring their ownership, IP and if required to generate direct income from their content.
 
Delivery facilities:
  • High quality education online on any digital device
  • Security and IP protection of authored content
  • Global access via a specifically designed IT platform
  • Scalability and sustainability via a revenue sharing business model
  • Tracking of users and access / usage
 
MA Content Production
The company mission is to empower health professionals through knowledge so they can provide better care. The company has already developed and delivered a range of courses

Content creation opportunities:
  • Content generation/production services and expertise
    • New Training Material creation
    • Conversion of existing material
    • Adapting original material for delivery via the MA Platform
  • Visuals graphics & animation facilities to illustrate points/information
  • Option to add additional products and services, e.g. link to classroom based training
  • Quality assured and endorsed content from experts combined with other content e.g. filmed demonstrations of skills

Company Background
The founders of the company, two medics, became increasingly frustrated by the poor design, use and engagement with e-learning and believe the use of these expert driven courses can be a part of a new blended learning solution to medical education.  From their frustration and experiences, they built a team based in the UK and the US, that have developed this platform. Medical educators can focus on building amazing content, supported by a team of artists, filmmakers, engineers and medical content specialists.

 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
Freedom of Access
Opportunity to train staff remotely at any time or place and at their own pace, the ability to deliver training content pre or post a course to either prepare or reinforce the material being delivered either as well or instead of a physically attending formal course. This secure training platform facilitates the trainer/education unit with a range of options to deliver their material to their staff and students.
 
This range of options can then be selected to best suit the ability to reach and gain access to the trainees e.g. it can facilitate them not travelling or leaving their place of work. It can be used to assist students with revision or reinforcement of a recently delivered course possibly before and exam or test.
 
This flexibility can work for the participant as well as the deliverer of content all leading to a better trained and confident workforce. Hence facilitating performance improvement and make training significantly more cost effective and efficient.
 
Usage Tracking
Material accessed can be logged along with information on viewer and duration. This is part of our security and revenue system when required and when this may be appropriate. This also gives content producers a clear idea into their most used and valuable training assets.  
 
Confidentiality & Control
Access to material can be controlled you may wish to do this to ensure that content that may be clinically sensitive (e.g. of distressing or of a possible sexual nature) or that may be commercial sensitive is not accessible by those without permission. 
 
Revenue Generation
Courses that are delivered on the platform can be via a pay per view option. This is a revenue sharing model between Vopulus and the content provider, so significant income generation can be earned by the training provider from offering their material to a global audience. We take away all the strain and complexities of an organisation creating a charging system and the processes to providing a secure and trusted credit cards charging system.
 
The Key Benefit
All you need to worry about is the material you wish to teach – we can produce that material with you and then deliver it safely to your intended or your selected audience.
 
We look forward to your call or your response below.
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Key Benefits
  • Simple Video Delivery Training Platform designed for Medical Content  Removes concerns over access and can form part of a library of material for a Trust or for West Midlands NHS & Community Clinical staff
     
  • Options to generate revenue from your content
    Generate money from external organisations or clinicians from your training material
     
  • Confidential and professional Training Material production or conversion
    Take the worry away from delivering, recording and illustrating your training material we will do that and if you’re not confident or comfortable being videoed we can arrange for an expert presenter to deliver your lessons
 
Enhanced Staff - Leading to better informed and trained healthcare professionals which ensures confidence that leads to improved patient safety and outcomes.
 
Training / Testing Freedom - Ability to offer courses to hard to reach clinical and medical staff due to their location (e.g. Community based) or their availability (shortages but imperative that they are brought up to date on a process or procedure). The platform allows 24/7 access to material and through the tracking a degree of confidence can be had by the trainers / management that the viewer has seen and understood the material delivered. The level of understanding can be confirmed via an online test or other assessment methods.
 
Potential Patient Use - This platform also has potential to be used for patient education programmes providing a significant increase in patient empowerment, self care and wellness.

Payment Security
The platform has a fully integrated payment system built on the industry leader Stripe. We also use a cutting edge ledger and tracking function that allows fully transparent tracking of payments for clients. Thus due incorporated Stripe system, partners/clients can be fully confident in a global payments and payment tracking system that utilises the latest technology and security standards.
Current and planned activity: 
Current Activity
  • We have a regional project underway with the West Midlands AHSN to produce training material for LTC.
  • We are having a number of discussions and negations on material related to maternity with Trusts across the UK.
  • Although we seeking to engage with more content providers and potential purchasers of group courses.
Thus we would like to discuss:
  • Procurement / Adoption of:  
    • More medical training Video productions or for more Trusts and other clinical training organisations/units to our Medical Academy Platform to deliver you material   
    • Usage of our secure and / or revenue generating video content Delivery Platform space. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Platform has IP associated with its design and security to protect content from plagarism.
The course content IP remains with the author apart from our newly produced graphics.
 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Johann Malawana 27/11/2017 - 14:55 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Children are at risk of serious harm or even death because adults are mixing alcohol consumption with caring and parental responsibilitie. This campaign poses the question - "when parents drink, who's in charge?'
Overview of Innovation:
Parents from all backgrounds are putting their children at risk when they drink alcohol at home.

The 'Who's In Charge?' campaign from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust depicts real life child harm scenarios and asks – ‘when you drink, who’s in charge?’

The campaign was conceived in response to concerns that growing numbers of babies and children are at risk of serious harm because of the way their parents consume alcohol at home.

Safeguarding professionals warn that children are being placed in danger and even losing their lives because adults who in many cases do not consider themselves excessive drinkers are not exercising normal levels of care and attention while drinking or recovering from the after-effects of over-indulgence in alcohol.

And they warn of a ‘double jeopardy’ effect - that drinking too much alcohol can not only reduce a parent’s capacity to appropriately respond to children’s needs, but also make the drunken adult an active danger to the child.

One of the most worrying trends identified locally and nationally is a rise in the number of baby deaths connected with sleeping on a sofa with an adult who is under the influence of alcohol, the number of children left to care for their younger siblings and the impact of the example of parents’ drinking patterns on young people.

The number of victims of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome who were sleeping with a parent on a sofa has risen.

The campaign urges parents, and others with responsibility for children, to be aware of a range of potentially dangerous consequences if no adult remains sufficiently sober and aware of children’s needs or whereabouts.


In one year in Birmingham alone: 
  • 82% of babies who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome were sleeping with a parent at the time
  • 56% of these deaths were on a sofa; 44% in the parental bed.
  • 78% of the fatalities were associated with parental alcohol use at the time
  • while 44% involved parental drug use.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
  • supportive of statutory safeguarding responsibilities through reduced risk of harm to children and young people
  • supportive of adult clinical services due to reduced risk of harm to adults through excessive alcohol consumption.
  • community cohesion
  • marketing and education resources for professionals eg. health visitors, school nurses.
Initial Review Rating
3.60 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
  • reduced risk of harm to children and young
  • reduced risk of harm to adults through excessive alcohol consumption.
  • community cohesion
Current and planned activity: 
A set of photographs has been commissioned depicting hard-hitting photographic case study scenarios based on real life evidence from serious case reviews and other reported incidents.

AVAILABLE TO OTHER TRUSTS FREE OF CHARGE - If you wish to use these in your organisation, please contact David Disley-Jones or MidTECH Innovations (www.midtech.org.uk).

A simple logo was designed and has been trade-mark protected with the IPO.
A set of posters has been produced which have been displayed in a variety of locations.
A set of aide memoire cards has been produced for use by professionals such as health visitors and school nurses to generate discussion and raise awareness.
Who's In Charge? has been licensed to British Armed Forces in Germany for use on military bases, in acknowledgement of the issue of alcoholic consumption among military families.

 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The logo and the use of the phrase 'Who's in Charge?' (in certain contexts) has been trade-marked with the IPO.
The photographs are copyright BCHC/Roy Peters Photography.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
low
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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David Disley-Jones 30/05/2017 - 16:05 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Radar supports health and social care organisations in holistically managing all aspects of their quality and compliance activity, whether intuitively building a CQC evidence portfolio or managing audit, incidents and risk.
Overview of Innovation:
Radar Healthcare system has been developed using the latest technologies and platforms to ensure a cutting edge and sustainable solution. The system adopts proven business rules in use across the health & social care sector in the UK and incorporates the Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidelines and procedures.
 
Radar Healthcare from Smartgate Solutions has been developed in partnership with knowledgeable and respected healthcare professionals. The system is scalable and configurable to organisational needs to meet both internal and regulatory requirements.

The Radar Healthcare modules help care providers meet their daily operational challenges and associated quality and compliance requirements. 
 
Radar supports organisations by: Taking the worry out of quality & compliance
  • A responsive system, allowing you to visualise and manage risk, training and regulatory compliance across the business domain.
Gain a clear line of sight into performance
  • Intuitive and dynamic dashboards providing real-time visibility of business performance at both location and organisational levels.


Automation of key procedures for operational efficiency
  • Translating business rules and SOP’s into action through our automated workflows and action tracking.
Reduce costs
  • Supporting a systems approach delivering demonstrable ROI across business resources, time and staffing.
 Radar Healthcare is currently in use across multiple service areas including Social Care, Primary Care, Specialist Clinics, Acute Care  and Patient Transport.
 
It’s primary purpose is to assist in ensuring each organisation meets relevant regulatory compliance standards and support organisations reduce duplication and effort in managing that process.
 
It will allow existing processes and procedures to be followed more efficiently and enable the introduction of new processes and procedures that are currently unfeasible with existing systems.
 
Key Facts
  • The system is made up of specific modules, each providing a range of functions that can support organisations in their daily operational activity.
  • All Modules work collaboratively and share data to avoid duplication.
  • Data can be integrated from various sources and other software system.
  • Dashboards and reports can be viewed and created by employees, by department, by directorate or as an entire organisation.
  • Each module has the ability to accommodate pre-configured workflows aligned to your existing SOPs, policies and procedures.
 www.smartgatesolutions.co.uk
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
Radar Healthcare modules have been developed to help care providers meet their daily operational challenges and associated regulatory requirements. 
 
Adopting proven tool kits and processes, Radar Healthcare ensures compliance with the essential standards relating to the quality and safety of care as defined within the CQC and other regulatory bodies.
 
Cost Improvement (CIP) Opportunities
The CIP opportunities are variable and based upon the modules selected. Efficiency savings are realised through two specific means:
  1. Replacement of existing systems in use across the organisation
  2. Redeployment of posts supporting quality and compliance management and re-deploying skills to vacancies within the organisation
 
A high level simulation exercise exploring how the implementation of Radar could support the reduction of cost within an NHS Hospital in the North of England (approximately 3,500 staff serving a population of c250,000 people) identified potential savings of over £300,000 over a 3 year period.
 
Smartgate Solutions have developed a cost calculator capable of identifying cost against current systems and workforce requirements.
 
Efficiency Savings
Additional efficiency improvements can be realised through:
  • Ensuring compliance with CQUIN targets or other commissioning KPIs
  • Improved efficiency and productivity in managing quality and compliance activity
  • Smartgate can support organisations with their recruitment processes and reduce the time spent undertaking training post employment. Radar allows you to issue training and development content to employees prior to their engagement and for completion online, effectively tracking and monitoring their progress against the training content.
  • Reducing the time spend responding to requests from regulatory bodies and building evidence portfolios. Radar supports the on-going development of evidence portfolios, providing clear audit trails and concise reporting.
  • The system intuitively allows users and organisations to share information, allocate tasks and distribute vital information in real time. It provides a safe and effective way of sharing learning and information.
 Client Testimonial
“We are committed to delivering the highest levels of service and CQC compliance. Radar Healthcare has been the key factor in achieving and exceeding these goals.“
John Butterfield, CEO, ER Systems
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Radar supports providers and commissioners of health and care services to effectively manage and monitor their quality and compliance expectations, deliverables and regulatory requirements with greater efficiency and often with greater effectiveness.
 
Radar enables organisations to re-deploy their scarce resources to focus on the delivery of care, freeing clinical expertise from administrative activities. 
Current and planned activity: 
Current NHS Activity:
Radar is currently utilised by numerous providers of health and care services, many of which provide NHS services.
 
We are currently engaged in discussions with both CCGs and NHS Foundation Trusts.
 
At present we are exploring opportunities to grow our engagement with NHS organisations and are seeking support and guidance from colleagues at WMAHSN, Medilink WM and the wider regional health and social care communities.

Planned/required activity:
  • Procurement / Adoption of: -  Growth and increased adoption of Radar across NHS provider and commissioner organisations  
  • Partnership: We are interested in exploring partnership opportunities with NHS organisations that may help to realise a financial ROI
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All product IP is wholly owned by Smartgate Solutions Ltd
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Tom Lindley 30/03/2017 - 10:44 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
doDOC streamlines collaboration by bringing people and processes together into a single platform, with end-to-end auditability, saving up to 70% in documentation time.
Overview of Innovation:
Life Science and Academic organizations operate in an extremely document-intensive, highly regulated environment. doDOC support this critical process of producing collaborative, compliant, quality documents within tight deadlines.
Whether working with a few individuals or large geographically diverse teams, doDOC makes the co-authoring, review and approval process less painful and more efficient by ensuring neither document quality nor deadlines are compromised in a integrated platform solution.
 
Documentation processes are typically managed in silos by multiple software in each working group of individuals leading to errors, duplicated information and delays, wasting billions of working hours every year.
 
doDOC proposal is simple: a single collaborative platform for the creation of documents with granular control over information processes and a system capable of integrating information from multiple sources avoiding duplication and manual tasks, generating a comprehensive audit trail with measurable effectiveness.


 
How doDOC does that?
1 – Streamlining collaboration and avoiding typical project miscommunication problems;
2 – Automating workflows, ensuring that the right people is doing the right thing in the right moment;
3 – Changing the writing process from a step by step reality to a concurrent and symbiotic experience;
4 – Bringing automation to technical tasks related with document production that until now undermine productivity;
5 – And since doDOC tracks every single event over the entire project, doDOC provides unique insights to allow managers and team members to track progress and access performance in real-time.
 
This change in the technology behind the creation of information allows doDOC users to decrease immensely the total time for the execution of their document-based projects.
 
doDOC Features:
Absolute Security: Full confidentiality, integrity, availability and auditability;
Real-time Collaboration: Collaborate in real-time across departments, regions and organizations.
Automatic Formatting: Full focus on content and automated publishing;
Full Control: Notifications, roles and accesses controlled automatically;
Information Integration: Centralize all records and information in one place;
Custom Workflows: Drive processes automatically and improve efficiency;
Simple Project Management: Optimize virtual teams and operations;
100% Traceability: Provide real-time insight with activity dashboards.

More about doDOC Platform: doDOC Product
More about doDOC: Website
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
doDOC is a proven cost effective solution for the document co-authoring, review and approval process, providing an excellent return on investment (20X ROI) with both tangible and intangible benefits.
 
Key benefits to NHS by the use of doDOC is the streamlining of cooperation among healthcare professionals with impact on the following areas: patients, processes and knowledge.
 
Improved Patient Care: The complexity of managing patients’ health records requires a cooperative effort that encompasses all of the healthcare professionals involved in their care, each in his/her area of expertise, in order to achieve the best outcomes. doDOC streamlines report generation, focus on the content and decrease the time spent in administrative tasks.
 
Better Process Efficiency: Another variable mentioned when analyzing the usefulness of working together was improving the process. By employing doDOC, the organization is automating the application of standard operational procedures and ensuring compliance with best practices. This improvement in the processes leads to greater efficiency and to an increase in the quality of the healthcare given to the patients.
 
Promoting Knowledge: The importance of collaborative work was also noted for facilitating knowledge among professionals, optimizing time and resources. doDOC allows sharing information in a more effective manner. By controlling information across the network, professionals provide knowledge that is securely shared, with improved health being the result.
Initial Review Rating
3.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
doDOC will promote greater collaboration between the West Midlands Health Organizations: Universities / Hospitals / Companies have with doDOC a single collaborative and secure platform to create value and generate positive impact for the local population.
Current and planned activity: 
doDOC currently works with Top10 Pharmaceutical Companies and world-leading research organizations.
doDOC aims to streamline collaboration across life science and healthcare institutions by simplifying the collaborative effort within document-based projects.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Registered Trademark
Trade Secret
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Carlos Boto 17/03/2017 - 17:33 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
SEEING WHAT OTHERS SEE, AND WHAT THEY EXPERIENCE IN THE PROCESS
Eye Control, Eye Perception, Eye Emotion
Affordable,Intelligent Digital Eyewear
Overview of Innovation:
Eye Hyper Tracking System - Smart Wearable
Viewpointsystem has developed a completely new system to measure and understand human perception through the eyes.
The Eye Hyper Tracking doesn't just capture the line of sight,but also how the person reacts to what is seen. The system in the form of smart lightweight safety rated glasses allows extremely precise measuring of observations and insights coupled with the ability to SHARE what is being seen via REMOTE LIVE STREAMING.
  • Telemedicine - A health professional can conduct or instruct a procedure with the aid of a precise hands free view.
  • Training - Any aspect of training can be covered, be it a live event or with the ability to record 'what is seen' it can be then shared, learned from and shown as a unique prespective into the instructor or wearers' viewpoint and preception
  • Paramedic / 1st Responder - Imagine a world where an expert can see what you are looking at and give you on the spot support. Envisage a paramedic or 1st responder calling in advance to show the recieving hospital the extent or seriousness of a situation
  • Improving Results - Instructions are often given and confirmed as being understood, communication is key in getting things right first time. With a view of 'how' to carry out a instruction, in certain circumstances a person viewing your first attempt is both supportive and safe.
  • Reducing Costs - Specialists cannot be everywhere all of the time. With a live streaming function, they are only ever a click away to see what you see, thus reducing the need to travel, rebook appointments, move from place to place.
The system has truely endless possibilites. Having been in the scientific arena for a number of years it is proven to be relaible and very accurate. Our system takes the technology from the lab into the real world, being light, highly mobile and robust it is user friendly, simple and smart.

The revolution in the measurement and interpretation of human perception has truly begun.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
NHS Benefits
  • Efficiency - Simulation of scenarios for training
  • Efficiency - Centrally situated teams all viewing the same situation though the same perspective
  • Efficiency - 1st Responder / Paramedic support given, time saved when arrival at hospital, faster turnaround times
  • Efficiency - Right 1st time approach to training, supportive and inclusive
  • Efficiency - Faster turnaround times for paramedics at hospitals
  • Cost Benefit - Travel of key staff and personnel
  • Cost Benefit - Training budgets reduced to all areas
  • Cost Benefit - Specialists can support remotely, no need to always attend sites
  • Cost Benefit - Abilty to simulate a scenario or situation. Feedback could be given by instructor remotely
  • Cost Benefit - General hospital infastructure - The system is applicable to services outside of medical arena - IT support, Machinery supplier support, building support.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The system is designed to support all industries with medical being a specific area.
Our system not only enables faster, safer, most cost efficent ways of doing things, it provides an enabler to reduce time and improve effectivness.
Any improvements or cost savings can only help improve patient or colleagues healthcare, reduce waiting lists and improve services. It is also key to ensure the highly trained dedicated staff have every possible piece of equipment to help improve their working life balance and conditions.
Current and planned activity: 
Our current status is to engage with all 15 AHSN's in the UK.
Our system was only launched in UK in Sept 2016, and we have only just started to engage with the UK health sector.
We have a number of doctors, paramedics and hospitals trialing our system in Europe, and we have just engaged with a leading surgeon in USA who is keen to try our technology, as he was the first surgeon to use Google Glasses to carry out a live stream procedure.

Our primary intention is to be seen and heard by the NHS. We are keen to visit and demonstrate the system and possibilites first hand, as we are not a concept as we have an actual fully functioning system ready to use.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We have IP on certain elements of the system.
Eye tracking is commonly adopted in VR/AR system is various guises.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Nearly 40% of NHS staff have reported feeling unwell as a result of stress (NHS Staff Survey).
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based programme designed to help individuals to prevent, identify and tackle stress and mental health problems.
Overview of Innovation:
NHS staff are more likely than the rest of the working population to become patients, increasing demands on the system they work in (King's Fund).

Altruist Enterprises are experienced in providing training to help organisations to prevent, identify and tackle stress within organisations.

Since forming in 2013, we have grown from 1 trainer to 3 members of staff and 10 contracted trainers delivering courses nationally with notable customers including Birmingham Children's Hospital, Solihull Council and WMAHSN.

We currently offer the following main courses to the NHS:

Resilience Training - A 3 hour course which helps employees to manage stress and build resilience in an everchanging work environment using proactive approaches.

“I learnt how to recognise situations in my daily working and home life that I can work on to reduce my personal stress and build my resilience. We were taken through a process which allowed us to challenge our negative thoughts and look at things from a different perspective. A very helpful course”. Federica Merella, Consultant Anaesthetist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Mental Health First Aid Lite - A 3 hour evidence based mental health awareness course accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

“We learnt about some of the main mental health problems, how to support others who may be experiencing issues and also discussed ways to support our own well-being. The course was very thought provoking”. Sophia Nasreisfahany, Solihull Council

Adult Mental Health First Aid - A 2 day evidence based indepth mental health awareness course accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

"This 2 day training delivered by Altruist was one of the most fulfilling training courses I have attended.  Having worked in the NHS for 17 years and managing staff for 13 of those I found this course enlightening.  It compounded how mental health affects us all no matter what your background is.  It also really tackled the stigma of using the words “mental health”.  Practical advice, tips and scenarios were used to give us a toolbox of strategies to help staff.  On reflection of my own career I now realise I have been in this position many times and now I feel more empowered and equipped to deal with these sensitive situations". Helen Hunt, WMAHSN

We measure outcomes including increases in knowledge and personal confidence in supporting others. We can also measure reduction in absenteeism and recently helped a local charity reduce absence by 25%.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce
Benefit to NHS:
Increase in Confidence and Knowledge - Consultant Anaesthetists at Birmingham Children's Hospital saw a 32% increase in personal confidence of managing stress levels following our Resilience course. (Delegates are asked to rate their personal confidence, scale of 1-10 in managing stress levels and knowledge of resiliency building skills before and after the course).
Reduction in sickness absence - Stress affects the health and quality of life of staff. The benefits of tackling work-related stress are the obvious ones of more staff at work more of the time, and the reduction in sickness absence and its associated costs.
Improved Employee and Community Engagement - It also demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to its workforce and to addressing their health needs. This, in turn, affects how the organisation is perceived by both staff and the local community in terms of being a good employer.
Reduction in costs-  employees who are away from work because of stress will have to have their work covered by other staff, frequently bank or agency. Investment in stress management can reduce the need for this expenditure – one NHS trust reported a saving of £500,000 a year in agency cover costs.
Improved patient care - Chronic stress can lead to an increase in accidents and cause safety issues for staff and patients. Investment in resilience and stress management training will help reduce the risk.
NHS seen as innovators - There is a current campaign in government to make Mental Health First Aid a compulsory element of First Aid training in the workplace.
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Mental Health costs the West Midlands region £12 billion a year & affects around 70,000 people (West Midlands Combined Authority). Poor mental health results in enormous distress for individuals, greater pressure on public services and reduced economic productivity.
Current and planned activity: 
We recently delivered our Resilience course to doctors at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We also recently delivered a Mental Health First Aid pilot course to NHS staff in partnership with WMAHSN.
 
We appreciate that the NHS are a large employer and that budgets are continuously being squeezed as demand for services increases. That is why we would introduce a Train the Trainer programme which will allow knowledge, skills and best practice to be cascaded throughout the organisation.
 
Trainers will be selected based on their knowledge of mental health, facilitation skills and willingness to be the go-to person for any concerns.
 
We envisage that the Train the Trainer programme will include an initial mental health workshop to give delegates the opportunity to experience the course first hand, presentation skills and facilitated tasks and assessments.
 
Alongside this, Altruist’s expert trainers will also continue to deliver Resilience and Mental Health First Aid courses to selected groups.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Altruist Enterprises are licensed providers of the Mental Health First Aid courses.
The Resilience course and its materials were produced and is owned by Altruist Enterprises UK Limited.
​Altruist Enterprises UK Ltd was incorporated in February 2013 and began trading in August 2013. 
www.altruistuk.com and altruist.community and its content is owned by Altruist Enterprises UK Ltd.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
2
Regional Scalability:
We would introduce a Train the Trainer programme which will allow knowledge, skills and best practice to be cascaded throughout the organisation therefore aiding scalability.
Alongside this, Altruist’s expert trainers will also continue to deliver Resilience and Mental Health First Aid courses to selected groups. Altruist operate nationally and work with 10 regular contracted trainers and have access to a further bank of 35 specialist trainers.

We are currently 1 year into a 2 year training contract with Stoke on Trent City Council, delivering the Mental Health First Aid Lite course to employees. Delegates that have attended these courses have seen between a 30% - 60% increase in personal confidence of supporting others experiencing stress/mental health problems.
Measures:
All delegates that attend our training courses are required to complete an evaluation form to measure the impact that the workshop has had. Delegates are asked to rate their knowledge of resiliency building skills, personal confidence in managing stress and confidence in supporting others on a scale of 1-10 before and after the course. Percentage increases are then calculated. For this particular contract, we would look for between a 35% - 55% increase in knowledge/confidence following courses.

We will aim for a minimum of 80% good/very good feedback from delegates.
Adoption target:
Minimum of 3 x NHS Trusts enagaged
3 x 5 day train the trainer programmes to be delivered within first 12 months
24 x 3 hour courses to be delivered within the first 12 months
12 x 2 day courses to be delivered within the first 12 months
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Katie Buckingham 03/02/2017 - 15:42 Detailed Submission 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Replace paper forms with digital forms, and integrate with time/material/asset mgmt. system.
Overview of Innovation:
Summary marketing video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li-zNgGm6FE

Boost Productivity, Workplace Safety and Reliability with "myJobCard". 

“myJobCard” is a mobile Work and Asset Management application which integrates with SAP ERP and come with an inbuilt dynamic form engine.
“myJobCard” brings together best practice from our extensive experience of deploying Mobile Asset Management solutions, incorporates feedback provided by our customers, and leverages latest advancements in mobile technology.
 
Stage of Development:
Close to market - Prototype near completion and final form may require additional validation/evaluation and all CE marking and regulatory requirements are in place
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
Increased Productivity
1. Save time needed to convert paper forms to electronic forms.
2. Sending jobs directly to staff and get updates in real time in backend system on job updates.
3. Show history of asset repairs to avoid repeated issues.
Reduce cost
1. Better management of materials required to carry out certain jobs
2. Cost savings from increased productivity
3. Cost savings by reducing IT involvement in form creation process.
Better analytics
1. Optimise working time against the waste through better analytics based on real time and accurate capture of information
2. Better decision making based on accurate and better capture of information.
Initial Review Rating
1.80 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
1. Cost savings of NHS service to public and nation as a whole
2. Assets uptime increased
3. No need to provide information time and again to fil forms. some information auto-populated.
Current and planned activity: 
myJobCard has been launched recently in the market and we are looking for pilots/PoC customers.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
There isn't any IP in the app which can be protected. App is protected through copyright.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
Innovation is global in nature and is scalable.
Measures:
1. Improved productivity
2. Imprved Data Quality
3. Improved Health and Safety
Adoption target:
Target for WM are 2-3 customers by end of year.
Globally we are looking at 10-15 customers in first year.
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Navdeep Singla 02/02/2017 - 13:02 Detailed Submission 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
We believe that without massive intrusion, or changing the way our loved ones want to live life, the 3rings platform can harness the power of the Internet of Things to provide protection and safety to our ageing loved ones.
Overview of Innovation:
A ‘Thing’ is a small device or sensor that sends information over the internet. 3rings works with a range of Things (sensors) that passively monitor a person’s daily routine, from a simple plug through to the Amazon Echo which can be used to create a unique safety net of care. Start off with a simple plug that lets you know the person you care for is up and about and add new Things as needed.
 
 
With 3rings it’s simple to include family, friends and other carers in your circle of trust. 3rings gives daily reassurance by sending emails and messages to the 3rings App as well as timely alerts by text or calls when changes in behaviour could be cause for concern.
 
The 3rings Portal allows you to stay informed and up-to-date regarding the person you care for. The connected Things or 3rings Plug enabled appliance lets the 3rings Platform know each time activity is sensed and current information is displayed so you know that things are OK. If no signal has been received you will be alerted.

 The 3rings Plug turns an existing appliance such as a kettle, microwave or TV into a simple sensor. You can set flexible rules that suit the person you care for, for example “I expect mom to make a cup of tea between 9 and 11 each morning”.  Your 3rings Plug will alert you if that cup of tea isn’t made, directly to your smartphone, tablet or computer. The 3rings Plug lets your 3rings Portal know each time a connected appliance is turned on/off via its in-built ‘mobile phone’. The 3rings Portal listens for the message, which it expects between the times that you have set to let you know the person you care for is active and OK, or if no signal has been received you will be alerted.
 
A range of Things is available that can let you know, for example, if the person you care for is living in an environment which is too cold or equally too hot, motion sensors can be placed around the home to give a clear picture of activity, supporting healthcare professionals to plan the right level of care that may be required. Activity sensors allow for the monitoring of fridge and microwave doors, if no activity is seen on the fridge, microwave or the food cupboard it may suggest that the person you care for is not eating properly enabling early intervention and sensors can also be attached to doors to detect activity.
 
The 3rings Cloud Portal lets you decide when to check the 3rings Things and Plug for activity and who should be notified for alerts.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Despite considerable efforts to plan hospital discharges well, emergency readmissions within 28 days of leaving hospital run at around 15% for people aged over 65 in England and overall numbers are rising.   Improving support for older people at home, either to prevent hospital admission (or readmission) or to facilitate discharge when they are ready to leave hospital – is key to patient flow. (Source: http://bit.ly/2tN2KIA)
 
There can be limited understanding of what happens over the entirety of the period of time between the original spell in hospital the 28 or less days in the community. Monitoring patients effectively after hospital discharge can aid healthcare teams to recognise early warning signs and intervene before an emergency readmission becomes necessary.
 
Using 3rings technology, patients who have been discharged can be monitored more closely and interventions put in place at an earlier stage to help to prevent readmission. 3rings sensors are battery-powered, and can be mounted anywhere you'd like to know what's going on.
 
The information delivered by the sensors provides valuable information for care professionals to assess a person’s care needs. With tools available such as our PAL (Pattern of Active Life) you can easily understand what is happening when, helping you to plan the best way to care.
 
Sensors connect wirelessly to a 3rings Hub (a small box with one or two aerials) installed in the home, that work with or without an existing internet connection. The 3rings sensors are powered by small ‘coin’ batteries with a normal life of around 12 months. Up to 50 3rings sensors can be connected to a single hub, so they can work equally well in a community housing scheme or an individual's home.
 
All 3rings sensors can work individually or in groups of the same or different types to allow you to build the safety net of care that is needed to support a person in their own home.
 
As the number of people aged 60 and over is projected to increase from 14.9m in 2014 to 21.9m by 2039, and as part of this growth, the number of over-85s is estimated to more than double from 1.5 million in 2014 to 3.6 million by 2039 (source: http://bit.ly/1kXa3DA) the provision of more support for older patients returning home safely after a hospital stay will reduce the risk of readmission to hospital.
 
 
3rings technology can also be used to support hospital discharge for a number of conditions, for example stroke and hip/knee replacement.
Benefit to WM population:
Hospitals with higher than expected readmission rates are subject to a financial penalty.  Factors outside the hospital’s control include patients’ age, gender, race, number of previous admissions, clinical conditions, discharge destination, access to primary care, and length of stay (Billings et al., 2006; Howell et al., 2009; Lyratzopoulos et al., 2005; Weinberger et al., 1996; Holland et al., 2005; Camberg et al., 1997). (Source: http://bit.ly/2tmsEQ4)
 
3rings technology can help the region’s NHS in avoiding, or reducing to a minimum, readmission following discharge from hospital for certain types of patient co-horts.
 
If a person does not recover well, it is more likely that they will require hospital treatment again within the 30 days following their previous admission, thus, readmissions are widely used as an indicator of the success of healthcare in helping people to recover.
 
In the West Midlands (2010/11) there were 497,022 observed hospital discharges with 61,129 observed readmissions (source: https://indicators.hscic.gov.uk/webview/)
 
There can be limited understanding of what happens over the entirety of the period of time between the original spell in hospital the 28 or less days in the community. Monitoring patients effectively after hospital discharge can aid healthcare teams to recognise early warning signs and intervene before an emergency readmission becomes necessary.
 
Using 3rings technology, patients who have been discharged can be monitored more closely and interventions put in place at an earlier stage to help to prevent readmission. 3rings sensors are battery-powered, and can be mounted anywhere you'd like to know what's going on.
Current and planned activity: 
We would like to see greater regional awareness of technology to support hospital discharge and would like to work with regional health providers to focus on supporting patients in their home to reduce readmission rates and to use technology enabled care to deliver services that are truly person centred. 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Active+: Reducing demand for Outpatient Serivces with proactive education, activation and exercise using connected devices to self-care.
Overview of Innovation:
Active+ is an effective, evidence-based exercise class, supported by self-care technology, education and training, in a peer-to-peer supported programme developed in Huntingdonshire. The programme supports falls prevention (strength/ balance), cardiac, cancer and pulmonary rehabilitation.

In May 2017, the Activ8rlives Active+ feasibility began with cardiac rehabilitation classes inte-grating remote monitoring technology. These are being extended to people with coronary heart disease risk factors, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

Active+ is a collaboration between local technology provider Aseptika Limited (Activ8rlives), Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) Active Lifestyles, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Huntingdonshire Community Cancer Network (HCCN), Hunts Breathe for Life and Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN).

​See Maggie's story (Cardiac Rehabilitiation) here
​See Colin's story (Cancer Rehabilition - living with prostate cancer) here.

For further information contact
Kevin A. Auton, PhD, Managing Director, Aseptika Limited kevin.auton@aseptika.com www.activ8rlvies.com
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Active+ fills the gap between existing health and care services, with the intention of improving health outcomes and minimising expensive interventions resulting from deterioration. Evidence4 shows that people who are more activated are more likely to adopt positive behaviours and have clinical indicators within a normal range, resulting in 8% lower costs than those less activated in the fist year of support and 21% less in the second year.
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Patients are educated and supported to interpret the data to enable improved understanding of their health status.
  1. Prevent unnecessary admissions as patients have access to 24/7 the COPD rapid response team as soon as there is any health deterioration for treatment to prevent unnecessary admission into hospital. The collected data is currently being analysed by Knowsley Respiratory Community Team.
  2. Technology improves patient’s confidence in managing their COPD. For patients who experience frequent infections and disease exacerbation, this can be a lifeline. In Liverpool 90% of participants would recommend to Friends and Family. 60% would be prepared to make a financial contribution of £300 to support costs.
Current and planned activity: 
Looking for Clinical Champions in Secondary Care seeking to reduce the Outpatient Workload by creation of an alternative step-down care pathway while still retaining connection with patients in a light-touch mode.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP owned by Aseptika Ltd.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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