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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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.
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.
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.