Having sensibly bought itself another 6 months to do the work, last week the Government's 'Accelerated Access Review' published its half-term report. Headed by Sir Hugh Taylor the review is looking at how to get new treatments and technology in the hands of patients quicker. It is an important review and all the better for … Continue reading The Govt’s Accelerated Access ‘Innovation’ Review: mid-term report @AccelAccess #medtech
Today I have been in Bolton to kick-off the NHS North West R&D Conference. 170 delegates - including patients and the public - getting together over two days to talk research. A great event and I hope they feel I got them off to a good start with my talk. It occurred to me afterwards … Continue reading If AHSNs are failing can we at last have a democratic space for innovation in the NHS?
Simon Stevens, the relatively new NHS Chief Executive, put innovation front-of-house in his speech to the NHS Confederation yesterday. He identified it as one of three elements crucial to 'future-proofing' the NHS for the challenges ahead. You can read the full speech here. But I have also included the relevant extract below as it is worth reading. A few points … Continue reading Simon Stevens puts innovation and patients as innovators front-of-house in NHS
The massive restructuring of UK clinical research according to new, local boundaries is a regular topic on this blog. My recent post about whether research was ready for the new localism prompted quite a response. I doubted then the willingness of new organisations in this transformation to involve the patient voice. The associated engineering works to … Continue reading Blog: Local leadership in public involvement in research shows the way
A glance at the events already confirmed in my diary for 2014 tells you everything you need to know about the priorities this year compared to last. Events hosted by one or more of the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Care and Research (CLAHRCs) and new Local Clinical Research … Continue reading Is UK health research ready for localism?
Goodness knows what made me start to do this. Perhaps it's the 'public servant' in me. Hey ho! Here's a list of the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), websites (click on the relevant AHSN name), their MDs, Chairs, and Twitter addresses. An interactive map of the AHSNs areas can be found on the Yorkshire and … Continue reading List of Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN), their Chairs, MDs, websites, Twitter feeds, priorities
I am in Alberta, Canada. I have been invited over to share the UK's experiences in developing public involvement in research. As ever, it is the similarities and not the differences between our two experiences that strike you on a visit like this. More about those another time. My good friend, Derek Stewart, yesterday wrote an excellent blog with his … Continue reading Building ‘research active’ communities for a healthier population: a clear mission for CLAHRCs, AHSNs, LCRNs
I seem to be visiting more CLAHRCs (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) next week than in all my time as a boy looking for new school shoes. One of the CLAHRCs unfortunate enough to be visited by me is Northwest London. They've just launched a brilliant new tool to help patients … Continue reading Keep track of your medicines with ‘My Medication Passport’ c/o NW London CLAHRC
I noticed a colleague had posted these on the Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN) Linkedin group discussion site (you will have to sign in/register). So thought it would be good to share them with a wider public audience. Particularly as I would have thought an announcement following the tender process is due shortly. An overall map of … Continue reading Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) map and tender details for new AHSCs
Top initiatives today..... Care to learn to care better. The NIHR Dementia & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) today launched their new 'Patients in Research' infokit. It's an excellent free resource showcasing work from across health and social care, stories, ideas, tips and tools. This great piece of kit is all part of a larger effort … Continue reading New stuff!..Dementia ‘infokit’, ‘Building Research Partnerships,’ CLAHRC Q&As, AHSNs and ABPI
If contemplating NHS change rest assured, and this from one who once visited Mt Etna, that the lava does solidify, some old structures do survive, and it is possible for new ones to be built with solid foundations. Herewith some new and some not so new 'kids' on the block in the world of research. … Continue reading New science networks herald more fertile ground for health innovation