Each AHSN issues challenges in response to defined NHS needs. They describe the needs of the NHS in a local or national context and are shown on the AHSN page. They set out the market opportunity for an innovator – you can also view all challenges across the AHSN network.
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Open call for unmet needs
The AHSN NENC regularly release calls for projects to fulfill unmet needs, however, we also want to identify common problems and unmet needs that are encountered within the NHS.
There are now around 2.81 million people in England diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and it is estimated that there are a further 940,000 people with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes and another seven million people are at risk of developing diabetes.
Our next Innovation Exchange will focus on the opportunities to modernise outpatient services through digital innovations. Making use of new technologies can help reduce non-attendance and cancelled appointments whilst providing a more efficient and effective service. Join Eastern AHSN as we bring together NHS providers and commissioners with innovators and solutions to delivering a digital outpatient service.
Our workforce is a pivotal part of the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP). People are one of the NHS’s greatest strengths and it is essential they get the support they need to continue delivering the best possible care.
Transformation of outpatient services
The Long Term Plan challenges the system to move from face-to- face outpatient appointments. There are digital opportunities including the redesign of outpatient services through virtual appointments, diagnostic tests and support tools for GPs, remote monitoring technology and local clinics.
People are now living far longer, but extra years of life are not always spent in good health. They are more likely to live with multiple long-term conditions, or live into old age with frailty or dementia, so that on average older men now spend 2.4 years and women spend 3 years with ‘substantial’ care needs. We are looking for innovations to contribute to changing how we care for those with frailty, as well as looking upstream to how we can prevent or delay people becoming frail.
Digital enhancement of mental health services
EMAHSN and West Midlands Academic Health Science Network conducted a collaborative Innovation Exchange in the iCentrum in Birmingham on Thursday 5 December 2019. The Innovation Exchange aimed to showcase digital innovations to address key challenges in four key areas which would support the delivery of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
There is a drive to transform the NHS and social care system to address the growing, and increasingly unsustainable, pressures faced by the system. This includes initiatives to transform the health and care workforce, to integrate health and care to better meet the needs of the population and to expand and improve access to health and social care.
Development Fund for Unmet Needs
Greater Manchester is seeking submissions from across the city-regions healthcare system for unmet needs in the areas of “living well” and “ageing well”.
Addressing patient demand through technology
Following last year’s successful partnership with RYSE Asset Management LLP, Digital Health London is collaborating again to support digital health companies to grow their business. They are looking for innovative companies that are addressing patient demand through technology.
If your innovation doesn’t fit any of the active challenges, then this is the place to submit your innovation. By submitting here you will be able to access our WMAHSN specialist innovation services and share your innovation across the WM. We can support you to gain feedback, explore opportunities and gain expert advise and support around key issues relating to your idea or innovation.
West Mercia Rural 5G Test Bed – Industry Call for Life Sciences Sector Innovators
Rural areas of England are often the poor relations of their urban neighbours when it comes to the roll out of digital infrastructure. Both superfast broadband and mobile services in rural areas still lack the coverage and quality that residents have come to expect across the majority of the population. Deployment to rural areas is often expensive, technically difficult and so commercially unattractive for network operators. At the same time local authorities (LAs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in rural areas are facing increasing demands for their services from an aging population at a time when their funding has been under increasing pressure. Maintaining current approaches to service delivery is not sustainable and alternative models are required.