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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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
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme began in 2008 and has transformed treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression. We are hosting a joint event with West Midlands AHSN to explore innovations that support improved access to psychological therapies on 5 December 2019 to explore innovations that support improved access to psychological therapies.
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.
Horizon Scanning Challenge
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. We can support you to gain feedback, explore opportunities for wider adoption across the region and gain expert advise and support around key issues relating to your idea or innovation.
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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.