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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Rapidly emerging needs and developments in the area of mental health mean that new technologies can have significant impact in supporting the optimum delivery of care.
Continuous improvements in patient safety require changes in the way healthcare is designed – from pathways of care to new technologies – to reduce the risk of harm to patients. The right innovation and technology, effectively applied, can support these improvements.
Tackling Childhood Obesity in Primary Care
Our call on "Tackling Childhood Obesity in Primary Care" aims to find innovations to help reduce the level of childhood obesity that is currently being seen in primary care, and reduce the impact of associated health problems
In line with the Government's Grand Challenge, our call on Healthy Ageing is looking for any innovation that has the potential to help our ageing population to live independent, fulfilled lives, and continue to contribute to society
Improving outcomes for mothers suffering from postnatal depression
The Innovation Agency is looking for solutions to the challenge of monitoring new mothers' wellbeing when they return home after the birth of their child. The innovation should help clinicians to pick up on the symptoms of postnatal depression earlier and therefore improve health outcomes.
Estates and Facilities Management
After staffing costs, providing and maintaining health and care service buildings can be one of the highest areas of spending. Families and patients also describe the importance that facilities play in treatment. What innovations could be deployed in estates and facilities management that would improve both patient experience and efficient delivery of services?
NHS Workforce Crisis
The NHS Interim plan published in June 2019 sets out the staffing challenges facing the NHS. There are not enough staff to meet current NHS needs and sustain the organisation into the 21st Century. The plan explains key areas where change is required to ensure success.
Increasing studies show that mental health and physical well-being are more closely linked than initially thought. Mental health plays a part in comorbidities for conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular health, it also affects healthy ageing.
Health Tech Accelerator Programme
The Health Technology Accelerator Programme (HTAP) is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support small to medium businesses in the West of England region develop new products or services for the health and life science sector.
The Future Challenge: Young People and Mental Health Resilience
This challenge is now closed. Focusing on supporting young people with their mental health and well-being, this challenge aims to identify digital technologies and services that could provide early identification of mental health issues, support prevention and build resilience.
Early Intervention Opportunities in Mental Health
Everyone’s mental health goes through periods of good and periods of bad, however, for those who are experiencing significant mental ill-health it can be challenging to identify what support would be best for them. With many services managing crisis, there is a need for more early intervention opportunities in the health landscape.
With great healthcare need comes a demand for skilled professionals to support a diverse population. Finding the right people for the right job in the right area can be incredibly challenging leading to skilled specialist staff being over-utilised, general workforce pressures and significant knock-on effects in times of absence.