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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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.