The AHSN Network has supported many innovators to help advance our health and care system. Find out more about successful innovations supported by the NHS.
Find your nearest AHSN
The West Midlands PPE Collective
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage across the West Midlands region and throughout the UK. Well known for its manufacturing capabilities, and world-class innovation infrastructure, the West Midlands was well placed to respond to the region’s life-threatening shortage of PPE within the community, care homes, and NHS.
Physiobuddie is an innovative therapy service that provides its users with step-by-step progressive rehabilitation via the following mediums: expert help, video tutorials and information sections. Physiobuddie is bespoke, pre-designed and progresses in line with the service users rehabilitation ability. The flexibility and functionality offered by the Physiobuddie system empowers the patient suffering from a wide range of needs and assists all abilities.Physiobuddie offers increased access to physiotherapy services without requiring physiotherapy staff (faceless or face-to-face) :- Physiobuddie provides daily rehabilitation and advice to ensure optimal self-management by following the parameters of the program set. Communication can be provided by email and in app messages.
Maintaining diabetes structured education courses across south London
The Health Innovation Network (HIN) has worked with partners across the two south London Integrated care systems (ICS’s) to expand the provision of Diabetes structured education services to include digital and remote options to help manage the condition remotely.
Supporting ESCAPE-pain sites to deliver through digital during covid-19
The HIN’s ESCAPE-pain team received requests from sites that were eager to pilot ESCAPE-pain classes using a digital platform. The team adapted to meet this need and supported sites to trial virtual delivery if they could.
Increasing the number of care home residents in Lambeth supported by a Co-ordinate My Care plan
The Health Innovation Network (HIN), in partnership with the End of Life Clinical network for London, secured funding from the NHS England (NHSE) personalisation team to work with Marie Curie nurses to create CMC records for care home residents in three nursing homes in South East London over a five week period.
Supporting care home staff to look after their wellbeing during a pandemic: the My Wellbeing training programme
The HIN partnered with training provider Hayat Consultancy to run a pilot online training course for care home staff in south London to improve mental wellbeing. This was intended to support care home staff who were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rehabilitation EnAblement in CHronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF)
REACH-HF (Rehabilitation EnAblement in CHronic Heart Failure) is a facilitated evidence based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and self-management programme for use at home. It comprises the ‘Heart Failure Manual’, a Relaxation CD, a choice of exercise (walking programme or a chair-based DVD) a ‘Progress Tracker’ for patients, and a ‘Family and Friends Resource’ for caregivers.
Covid Oximetry @home and virtual ward
The HIN has been commissioned to support a drive to equip members and partners to offer the Covid Oximetry @home model. This comes as treatment of Covid-19 improves and evidence has shown that earlier detection of (silent) hypoxia at home could help further reduce mortality and morbidity.
Remote Consultations in Mental Health – Learning from Evaluation
Covid-19 led to a rapid shift from face to face to remote consultations in mental health. What has this meant for service users and staff?
Remote Temperature monitoring with IoT solutions for medicines and vaccines in Health Clinics, Pharmacies and Hospitals
Invisible systems wireless sensors can help healthcare staff to save clinical time in monitoring fridges, improve patient safety, deliver regulatory compliance, and reduce medicines waste, energy costs and carbon emissions.Here are the key benefits Invisible System’s Remote Temperature Monitoring has to offer medical professionals:· No more labour-intensive human checks· Key staff members can dedicate more time to patient care· Proactive alerts prevent loss of life-saving medication, vaccinations, and research· All temperature data and alerts can be easily accessed on your phone
Safer medicine administration in care homes during Covid-19
The HIN engaged with OPUS and commissioned them on a pro bono basis to adapt their existing comprehensive guidance to ensure care home staff were aware of how to safely administer medicines without using a dosette box during the pandemic.