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Welcome to our summer newsletter!

Dear Guest,
As you may already have seen, we recently published our annual impact review for 2020/21, and we are delighted with the positive feedback we have received on its publication from partners and our wider stakeholders. Further details are given below, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners who have continued to support us during this challenging year.

We are also delighted to share two major publications from the AHSN Network. These are:
  • The AHSN Network Reset report, which reflects on the changes in the way in which we deliver health and care brought on the pandemic and looks ahead at their potential impact on the future of the NHS;
  • A major report examining the different approaches to spreading and adopting innovation in health and care. You can find more detail, with the relevant links, on these documents below.
As I write, the government has postponed the final stage of its COVID-19 roadmap for a further four weeks, pending the release of further data on the spread and impact of Delta variant and to allow more time for our population to be vaccinated. I hope that you all get the chance for some meaningful downtime in the summer. In the meantime, we have some exciting new programmes to add to our continuing work. Stay tuned for further news and for details of our activity in the next edition in September.

Piers Ricketts
Chief Executive, Eastern AHSN

Celebrating a year of impact in the east

We are delighted to share our latest annual impact review, showcasing the tremendous impact we have delivered with our partners across our region’s health and care system and beyond in 2020/21.

The report tells the story of an extraordinary year which saw unparalleled collaboration across our region’s health and care system to meet the challenge of COVID-19. As well as drawing on Eastern AHSN’s network and expertise in identifying, evaluating and supporting the adoption of innovation to support the pandemic response, the team has continued to work hard with their partners to turn great ideas into positive health impact.

Persistent depression

Addressing the challenges of persistent depression

We have partnered with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), the University of Cambridge and the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for the East of England to develop a values-based approach to the depression pathway, combining patient and clinician perspectives with latest evidence.

This collaborative project, known as informing VALues-based practice in persistent Depression (i-VALiD), was launched in a recent joint conference – Engineering a new horizon for persistent depression in the NHS. In our latest blog, Tracy Dowling, Chief Executive at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Non-Executive Director at Eastern AHSN, reflects on the key challenges we are aiming to address through the project.


Protecting Norfolk’s vulnerable during the pandemic

Eastern AHSN and the Yale School of Public Health have produced a report highlighting what can be learned from the Covid Protect programme, launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic to proactively support people identified as vulnerable to COVID-19 in Norfolk and Waveney.

Two new reports from the AHSN Network

The AHSN Network has published two reports to help share key learnings on how to successfully adopt and spread innovations:

Supporting the Health and Care Reset

The AHSN Network’s Reset Report captures learnings and recommendations identified from developing and spreading innovations and new ways of working during the pandemic. The report also suggests how these learnings can be applied to help leaders across the NHS inform the health and care system of the future. 

Review of spread and adoption approaches across the AHSN Network

This in-depth study examining approaches to spreading and adopting innovation in the health sector has been published by the AHSN Network to harness the collective experience of the network in the adoption and spread of innovations.

The review identifies the different approaches used across the AHSN Network depending on local influential factors and provides recommendations.

Prioritising mental health funding

Guide: Prioritising mental health funding to urgent and emergency care in the East of England

We recently published a guide in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement and RAND Europe for integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships in the East of England to help them with determining spending and planning priorities and evaluating projects within mental health urgent and emergency care.

There is also an accompanying practical toolkit version, which brings together key practical resources from the guide and has been developed as a practical workbook to help develop logic models whilst determining spending planning priorities within mental health urgent and emergency care.

Case study: Identifying stroke mimics through telemedicine

Read how the Paramedic Stroke Telemedicine Digital Pioneer Project explored the use of a videoconferencing telemedicine app to connect paramedics easily and rapidly with a stroke consultant to support the pre-hospital diagnosis of suspected stroke patients.

In 2020, a feasibility study based on the pilot led to Eastern AHSN funding a broader economic evaluation by the University of East Anglia (UEA) using data around stroke pathways in the region. The programme was a runner up in the 2020 NICE Shared Learning Awards.

Mapping eating disorder services across the UK

Hope Schlesinger, Trainee Clinical Psychologist on placement at Eastern AHSN, explains why we have created a directory of all UK community eating disorder services.


AHSN Network Impact Report

The AHSN Network, the collective voice of England’s 15 AHSNs, has released an Impact Report for 2020-2021. The report highlights outstanding impacts achieved by AHSNs over the last year and evidences how as a collective we are driving adoption and spread in healthcare innovation, transforming patient outcomes, saving the NHS money, generating economic growth and attracting millions of pounds of investment for the country’s economy.

As a Network, we have benefitted more than 489,000 patients and generated £462 million inward investment for UK economy.


Funding awarded to support the rollout of FeNO testing in the Eastern region

The NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative, in partnership with the AHSN Network, have announced that five NHS organisations in our region have been awarded funding through the Pathway Transformation Fund to roll out fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) testing in primary care.

The next phase of the Pathway Transformation Fund is focused on supporting the rollout of Tamoxifen, a preventative treatment for people with a history of breast cancer. Applications for funding for this product will be accepted from 7 June to 9 July.


Event: How the NHS Evaluates and Purchases Digital Solutions

Where does your digital innovation fit into the NHS market? Learn how the NHS evaluates and purchases digital solutions at our Insight to Impact innovator workshop featuring expert speakers on 7 July.


Thank you for supporting us as we continue to turn great ideas into positive health impact.

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