National survey of local innovation and research needs of the NHS

Oxford Academic Health Science Network, May 2019

This report outlines the findings from a survey to identify local NHS innovation and research needs.  The views of local health stakeholders, including clinical leaders, managers and directors, within each Academic Health Science Networks region were collected through qualitative interviews with 61 people and a questionnaire which received more than 250 responses in total.  The report outlines the national findings from the survey with local health and social care stakeholders. It includes a detailed analysis of the innovation and research needs at local level across all AHSNs.

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National Health Servers: delivering digital health for all

Social Market Foundation, May 2019

This report looks at how technology could be adopted quicker and more widely by the NHS to improve the care that patients receive and to drive better health outcomes.  The report  tracks the patient journey, from prevention and diagnosis in the community, into primary and secondary care, through into management of long-term conditions. As well as improving the care experience in primary and secondary care, the report argues that there are huge opportunities to keep patients out of the NHS: prevention of disease can reduce the likelihood of people having to enter hospital care in the first place; better digital management of long-term conditions can help avoid unnecessary readmissions into hospital.

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Improving patient safety through collaboration: a rapid review of the academic health science networks’ patient safety collaboratives

The ASHN Network, March 2019

This report discusses the progress and impact made by England’s Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) in their first four years. It was commissioned by The AHSN Network and written by The King’s Fund. The report notes how interest is shifting from supporting the improvement of individual services to improving how different services work together in local systems. It highlights the role the PSC programme has had in creating a movement for change and cultivating a shared vision among health and care organisations. It also suggests some areas PSCs and national NHS bodies could focus on to further support innovation, quality improvement and patient safety.

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Our data-driven future in healthcare: People and partnerships at the heart of health related technologies

Academy of Medical Sciences, December 2018

New data-driven technologies, powered by novel ways of linking and analysing patient data, are set to transform the way that health and social care is delivered as well as the ways in which we manage our own health. Technologies such as wearable devices, mobile apps and intelligent monitoring devices that use machine learning, provide an opportunity for the NHS to harness the breadth and depth of patient data that it holds to support a healthier future for patients and the public. This report outlines a set of principles based on dialogues with patients, the public and healthcare professionals, for the development, evaluation and deployment of data-driven technologies in healthcare. Embedding these principles will be essential if we are to realise the anticipated benefits of these innovative technologies whilst maintaining trust in their use in health and social care sectors. Central to this are meaningful partnerships with patients and the public and their health and care professionals.

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Help at home: Use of assistive technology for older people

National Institute for Health Research, December 2018

This review presents a selection of recent research on assistive technology for older people funded by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other government funders. This has been selected with help from an expert steering group. In this review we focus on research around the use of technology in the home, remote monitoring systems and designing better environments for older people.

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