43 episodes

Episodes focus on innovation in health and social care. You will hear valuable insights from clinical and industry leaders, plus innovators working with them to transform the health and social care system.

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Episodes focus on innovation in health and social care. You will hear valuable insights from clinical and industry leaders, plus innovators working with them to transform the health and social care system.

    Introducing the NHS Innovation Service

    Introducing the NHS Innovation Service

    You’ve got a great idea for an innovation which could help the NHS, but don’t know where to get support from or how to develop it. Introducing the NHS Innovation Service - a new service bringing together the expertise of leading healthcare organisations, offering joined-up support and tailored advice for innovators, in one place. 

    Matt Newman, Deputy Director of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, is leading on the development of the NHS Innovation Service which aims to get more innovations to clinicians and patients faster. 

    Our reporter Nigel Thompson chatted to Matt at HETT in London to find out more about why the service has been developed, the support on offer and how it aims to accelerate the uptake of innovation.  

    • 8 min
    The value of real-world evaluation

    The value of real-world evaluation

    This episode explores how gathering real-world evidence and evaluation is an important part of encouraging adoption and spread of innovation in the health and care sector. Dr Nev Young talks about the publication of a new real-world evaluation guide for innovators released by the AHSN Network, we hear from Lee Omar, Founder and CEO of Safe Steps about how it has helped their business thrive, and Vandana Ayyar Gupta, Scientific Adviser at NICE on their perspective.

    • 6 min
    Innovator spotlight: Goodmaps

    Innovator spotlight: Goodmaps

    Across the AHSN Network, work is underway to foster better relations with healthtech companies with the aim of enabling patients to benefit from innovations.
    We’ve helped introduce ground-breaking products and services which are already adding value across healthcare.

    At ConfedExpo in June 2022, our reporter Nigel Thompson caught up with Neil Barnfather from Goodmaps. The company have been assisted by Wessex AHSN to share technology which enables independence and aids navigation for anyone whether blind, deaf, mobility impaired or those wanting to find an easier way to get from A to B.

    • 11 min
    Health inequalities – how can we support equal access to healthcare?

    Health inequalities – how can we support equal access to healthcare?

    How do you help people from all walks of life gain equal access to medical help and advice?

    That’s an issue that was discussed at ConfedExpo by two people who have collaborated in one part of England to make a difference. Yorkshire is home to a diverse population and in one area of health – asthma – one consultant has taken a stand when it comes to ensuring all have access to easy to understand advice.

    Dr Llinos Jones, a respiratory consultant with Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust, is opting not to prescribe medicines which are not available with multi-lingual guidance notes. Now, thanks to a collaboration with Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, she says she’s no longer ‘a lone voice’ as Nigel Thompson reports.

    • 11 min
    Supporting an environmentally sustainable NHS

    Supporting an environmentally sustainable NHS

    Environmental sustainability: a phrase used widely in industry and now gaining traction within the NHS.

    But how can the health and care sector be truly environmentally sustainable?

    That’s the challenge facing Kathy Scott, who as well as serving as Deputy Chief Executive of the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN is also the Network’s lead on environmental sustainability, and Dr Nick Watts, the Chief Sustainability Officer for the NHS.

    Our reporter Nigel Thompson met up with both at ConfedExpo in Liverpool to ask them more about the challenges faced and the early signs of sustainability success.

    • 15 min
    Innovation in lipid therapy

    Innovation in lipid therapy

    A treatment for patients at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke is now available for prescribing in primary care, yet uptake among GPs has been slow. 

    Inclisiran was approved for use by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in late 2021 and AHSNs are helping local teams to develop different models of Inclisiran delivery.




    Inclisiran bridges a gap in the lipid management pathway, offering an additional medication to use alongside statins and other lipid-lowering products used in primary care. Trials show that when a patient is receiving statins as part of their treatment and is prescribed Inclisiran, their low-density lipoprotein level (ldl) reduces by around 50 per cent.




    In this episode, Dr Phil Jennings explores the science behind Inclisiran and the evidence of its effectiveness. His guests are Professor Kausik Ray, Professor of Public Health, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Imperial Centre for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Imperial College London; and to Dr Carl Deaney, a GP in Lincolnshire. 

    This podcast has been created to inform healthcare professionals only, to support them to roll-out the treatment.

    • 31 min

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