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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To help ease the high demand on GPs across south London, self-management is a priority in the NHS Ten-Year Plan and focuses on key areas like diabetes prevention and management, cardiovascular, asthma and respiratory conditions, maternity and parenting support and online therapies for common mental health problems.
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.
Smoke Free is a behavioural change app used to support people giving up smoking. The app incorporates evidence on how to quit smoking and includes more than 30 different behaviour-change techniques. Users are encouraged to stay smoke-free through consistent notifications of progress in terms of time, money saved, health improvements made and more. They can also employ the app’s “missions”, which are daily tasks designed to help people quit and stay smoke-free. A Smoke Free-led, randomised control trial of more than 28,000 participants found that those who engaged with the missions were twice as likely to remain abstinent from smoking three months following their set quit date. A subsequent randomised control trial found that the app’s automated chatbot increased quit rates even further.
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.
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...