The Health Innovation Network is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for South London and is committed to leading the spread of healthcare innovation across its population of 3 million people, a healthcare workforce of 60,000+ and 12 South London Boroughs.
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With a growing population of older and disabled adults, London’s demand for care is placing the social care system under huge strain. Further to this, London Councils estimates that boroughs across the city have experienced a combined loss of more than £4 billion in core funding since 2010 (a reduction of around 63%). We need to think differently about how and where services are delivered, utilising digital solutions to maximise the workforce and care provided.
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.
Workforce challenges threaten the ability of the health and care system to function. It is estimated the NHS spends £3 billion a year on temporary staffing. Filling vacancies can be a significant drain on NHS organisations’ budgets, as they often use locum staff – either from their own pool of “bank” staff, or from agencies which can cost on average 20% more.
Incumbent NHS psychological services (IAPT) are characterised by lengthy waiting-lists and poor recovery rates, and these are subject to considerable geographic variation. Increased demand, reductions in real-terms investment in mental health services and increased competition for face-to-face sessions means that despite making the effort to see a GP, many will not receive face-to-face care, with this figure currently reaching one-in-three.
Funding Opportunities for members
A useful list of funding sources currently available to Health Innovation Network members from public and private sector sources.
Innovation Grants 2019
Every year we fund at least 10 projects that either support innovative practice that could be spread and adopted across the health and social care landscape or encourage cross-boundary working in areas of research, education and improvement in healthcare services with grants of up to £10,000.
Latest innovation projects set to improve care for south Londoners revealed
Ten NHS teams, working with universities and a wide range of partners, have been given vital funding...