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Welcome to our summer newsletter. We recently shared our annual impact review, which tells the stories behind just some of the impact we’ve delivered in partnership with the health and care innovation community over the past year. We are proud of the positive health impact we delivered in this time and would like to thank all our partners, without whom our work would not be possible. As integrated care systems were formalised as statutory bodies this month, the article on leading systems transformation seems particularly relevant.

Another important theme in this newsletter is that of diversity, inclusion and addressing health inequalities. We have recently celebrated Pride Month, renewed the AHSN Network’s diversity pledges and collaborated on a new guide to support digital health tech innovators to conduct meaningful patient and public involvement and engagement. With best wishes for the summer holiday period.

Piers Ricketts
Chief Executive, Eastern AHSN

Eastern AHSN impact review 2021-22

Eastern AHSN has published its impact review for 2021-22. The review shares some of the impact we are particularly proud of from the last year, delivered in partnership with the health and care innovation community in the East of England and beyond.

The review features many of our partners who tell the story behind the impact. Topics include addressing health inequalities, supporting system capacity, our role in transforming health systems and improving population health, tackling cardiovascular disease, diagnosing cancer earlier and improving mental health. It also evidences how we have supported innovators to navigate the healthcare system, access funding and grow their businesses.

Our patient safety priorities for 2022/23

Our Patient Safety Team have had their priorities for 2022/23 issued by NHS England. While some of the work continues from last year, some programmes are new and we are delighted to share them with you. For those who haven’t been involved previously, the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NatPatSIPs) support a culture of safety, continuous learning and sustainable improvement across the healthcare system. The aim is to promote safer care and reduce error and harm, so the NHS becomes comparable with the safest health care services in the world by 2025. The programmes this year are:

  • Managing Deterioration Safety Improvement Programme
  • Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme
  • Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme
  • Medicines Safety Improvement Programme
  • Systems Safety Improvement Programme

To find out more about our programmes including how to contact the team, visit our website.

Eastern AHSN impact review 2021-22

Tendai Nzirawa, Maternity Clinical Improvement Lead, has been awarded a Fellowship from the Royal College of Nursing in recognition of her innovative contribution to the field of maternity care and her commitment to addressing the inequalities experienced by the most deprived and vulnerable women and birthing people in the East of England.

Inspiring the next generation of potential clinical entrepreneurs

Two medical students reflect on what they have learned during placements at Eastern AHSN, including what they learned and how it might shape their careers.

Piloting digital prehabilitation to cancer patients in Suffolk

Eastern AHSN has brokered a pilot to offer pioneering digital prehabilitation support to cancer patients at Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals (East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust).

The programme aims to help patients feel more supported as they go through treatment, improve their wellbeing and achieve better health outcomes. The pilot is expected to last for around nine months and will support 400 patients.

Mark Avery

BLOG: Interview with Mark Avery

Learn how patients are shaping the Gut Reaction programme in this interview with Mark Avery, Operational Lead for Gut Reaction and Director of Health Informatics for Eastern AHSN and CUHP.

The Gut Reaction Health Data Research Hub is a unique, secure data resource designed to facilitate academic and industry research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The hub will integrate data from multiple sources and create a secure research resource that allows approved researchers to access data, whilst protecting the privacy of individuals.


BLOG: Greater diversity in innovation is more important than ever – and we need your help

Richard Stubbs, Vice Chair of the AHSN Network, Chief Executive Officer of Yorkshire and Humber AHSN and leader of the AHSN Network Diversity and Inclusion group.

Richard Stubbs

“Our health and care systems turn to us to support them to innovate, so we must make sure we are championing diversity through our people and processes.” In this blog, Richard outlines some of the key learnings from a new report on the recent progress the AHSN Network has made in delivering our diversity pledges.

REPORT: How to involve and engage patients in digital health tech innovation

The AHSN Network has collaborated with Boehringer Ingelheim and the University of Plymouth to develop an evidence-based guide to support digital health tech innovators to conduct meaningful patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE). The guide, which is built on extensive patient input, as well as insights from system leaders, innovators and clinicians, responds to the accelerating use and supply of digital technology for health and social care.

BLOG: Addressing LGBT+ health inequalities

“We cannot speak on behalf of all LGBT+ people but we aim to give the community a voice.”

Our NHS should reflect the people in our society and help them based on their individual needs. Learn about this partnership between the AHSN Network and LGBT Foundation to identify and address LGBT+ health inequalities in this blog from Vanesther Hamer and Elias Zapantis.


FUNDING: Supporting UK heart health with Novartis Biome

Are you a HealthTech researcher or start-up developing a digital, home-based approach for preventing heart attacks and strokes?

Eastern AHSN are partners with Novartis Biome, who have launched their UK Heart Health Catalyst 2022, an incubator offering up to £3 million investment to help tackle cardiovascular disease. Eastern AHSN Chief Executive Piers Ricketts has worked closely with the Novartis Biome management team and the AHSN Network provides mentorship on their health hub program.


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