Innovation Agency newsletter – October 2019

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Dear colleague,

If you are looking for inspiration this autumn you should tune in to TEDxNHS 2019. I attended the presentations in London last year and was blown away by what I heard. These are short, impactful sessions delivered by a diverse group of individuals who all have a compelling story to tell.

As you’ll read below, we have two Innovation Agency connections to this year’s event and I can recommend the talk by Jen Gilroy-Cheetham about her experiences as a patient – she endured an emotional roller coaster and there are lessons to be learnt by us all.

Do get in touch if you would like to find out more about anything in this newsletter – or if we can help you with your own innovation journey.


Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

TEDxNHS livestream events

The inspirational TEDxNHS 2019 will be livestreamed from London to our three Innovation Agency sites on 4 October and all are welcome to attend.

This year our Programme Manager for Engagement Charlotte Hall has helped select and coach the speakers – who include our former colleague Jen Gilroy-Cheetham. The theme is ‘Beyond our Component Parts’ and the livestream takes place between 10am and 6pm at:

  • The lecture theatre in the Daresbury Laboratory
  • Liverpool Science Park
  • Preston Business Centre Innovation Agency meeting room

More info about the live screenings here ►

Register to view on your own device here ►


Innovation Exchange latest

There are hundreds of potential solutions on our refreshed Innovation Agency Exchange website, which already has more than 1,000 active users.

All the solutions are filed in the following categories for easy searching: Support and resource for primary care; Digitalising the system; Independence and prevention; Improving system flow; Operational excellence; Workforce resource optimization; Patient safety and quality improvement; Patient activation and self-care.

Register on the website to stay up-to-date in your area of interest 

Join the NHS Innovation Accelerator 

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), an NHS England initiative supported by the Innovation Agency and all AHSNs, has launched its fifth call for applicants representing high impact, evidence-based innovations.

The call is open to local, national and international health and industry innovators, SMEs, charity/third sector, clinicians and academics, with a deadline of 23 October. We are looking for individuals representing high impact, evidence-based innovations, sourced nationally and internationally, which address one or more of the commitments laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

An information event takes place 1-3pm on 10 October in Leeds.

Apply online  LOGO

Empowering care homes

Innovations and approaches which help to empower staff in care homes and reduce demands on primary care, were shared at our Eco 20 event last week. Podcasts of the presentations, slides and a video can be accessed in a short summary, available here.

Informatics Award winners

Some of the region’s best pioneers in digital health were recognised at the North West Skills Development Network’s Informatics Awards, sponsored by the Innovation Agency and presented during the Connect 2019 conference. The winners were:

Best Improvement in Patient Safety Award – ‘Paperless transfusion instruction and delivery’, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Clinician in Informatics – Julie Haigh, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Collaboration Award – ‘High intensity user dashboard’, Wirral Health and Care Commissioning, Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Apprentice of the Year – Oluchi Ogbonna, NHS Liverpool CCG

Innovation Award – ‘Remote end-of-life care’, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Trinity Hospice

Team of the Year Award – Clinical Coding Team, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Cheshire and Merseyside Care Home Academy

Care home staff from across Cheshire and Merseyside are celebrating the culmination of six months of shared learning about how they can continue to improve patient care.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Care Home Academy brought together system leaders in the area’s CCGs and local authorities to recruit staff from 13 care homes for a series of learning sessions on workplace culture, quality improvement and leadership.

More here  LOGO

Care homes webinar recording

A recording of the latest Big Innovation Conversation webinar is available here. It focuses on improving the identification of deterioration in care homes; about RESTORE2, a physical deterioration and escalation tool for care and nursing homes; and an example of how NEWS2 has been implemented in care homes. The password is: wDGqyMq9.



NHS as an anchor institution – webinar
10 October 2019 12.30-1.30pm

This Big Innovation Conversation lunchtime webinar will explore the notion of anchor institutions and how NHS sites are ideally placed to champion the concept, maximising opportunities for addressing health inequalities in their neighbourhoods. The speakers are Ian Stenton of Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals; and Sarah Reed, the lead author of the Health Foundation report on anchor institutions; hosted by Caroline Kenyon.

Register here ►

NHS Forest conference 2019
11 October, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

We are sponsoring this NHS Forest 10th anniversary conference as part of our commitment to Liverpool City Region Year of the Environment. There are limited spaces available.


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