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Doncaster’s Festival of Research (17th to 20th October 2017)

In October, we are holding the inaugural Festival of Research (17-20th October 2017). The main conference day will be Tuesday 17th October and will be themed around Health and Well Being priorities.  Our key note speaker is Professor Steve Peters author of the Chimp Paradox.  The event is being jointly planned by  DMBC, RDASH,  DBH and DDCG. 

The idea behind the festival is to showcase Doncaster’s research and attract more research to Doncaster as this is good for both Health and Wealth.  We also want to begin a conversation about why we do research and how we use the knowledge generated to underpin decisions.  There will be a number of fringe events during the week which will aim to both engage and entertain people living and working in Doncaster.

Call for Abstracts

In Autumn 2017, the Doncaster Health and Well Being Board are holding the inaugural Doncaster Festival of Research which we hope will become a regular feature in the local calendar. The 4 day festival aims to showcase the high quality research within Doncaster and encourage knowledge sharing. The Festival of Research will also aim to shed light on the research process by explaining why and how we do it and what we do with the knowledge it creates. We hope to help develop understanding of research to as wide an audience as possible.

The festival will open on Tuesday 17th October with a Lecture and workshop from Professor Steve Peters best selling author of the Chimp Paradox. Beyond this there will be a series of fringe events in venues across the Borough.

For example, an event aimed at 0-19 research in a local school library. This call then is to be part of the Doncaster Festival of Research.
The key theme for the fringe events is to encourage better understanding about #whywedoresearch and must be related to an area of focus for Doncaster’s Health and Well Being Board.

These areas are well being; health and social care transformation; reducing inequalities and five areas of focus which
• Substance Misuse (Drugs and Alcohol)
• Obesity
• Families
• Dementia
• Mental Health

More details of the Doncaster Health and Well Being Strategy can be found here:

Process to apply
If you would like to be part of the Festival please send a:
• 250 word (max) overview of your research project.
• 250 words (max) description of how you would like to communicate your research and in particular how
you will tailor your approach for a lay audience which may consist of patients, local people , frontline staff or
commissioners of services. You can be as innovative as you like.
• A 25 word summary of your proposal.

We are also keen to see submissions from postgraduate students, early career researchers who have or have been undertaking work in Doncaster and hope this is an opportunity to develop skills around communicating research findings to a wide audience.

Please submit your application by 21st July 2017 to

Proposals will be reviewed by the end of July and accepted submissions will be allocated to venues across the Borough.

Newsletter_ #SHAREHD @sharemydialysis @wilkiemart @HealthFdn ‏#evaluation

SHAREHD is a Health Foundation-funded programme that aims to support patients receiving haemodialysis (HD) treatment in hospital to be more independent and confident in participating in aspects of their own haemodialysis care.


Welcome to our second SHAREHD newsletter. Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved in the programme to date. A tremendous number of people have given their time, energy and inspiring ideas that we hope we are drawing together to support and inspire each other.

A HUGE thank you in particular to:
• the 12 Trusts for their commitment to the programme
• the research teams who have achieved a fantastic 97% of the target cohort within a 3 month recruitment period – a great accomplishment
• the first 6 teams in the ‘step wedge’ who have attended 4 learning events and established the breakthrough series collaborative – a solid base onto which the next 6 teams will build.

The first six teams have been undertaking tests of change following PDSA (plan do study act) cycles, sharing their progress, success and challenges with the other teams.
Over the last 6 months we have been invited to present at a number of conferences and events including the British Renal Society and UK Kidney Week plus the All Party Parliamentary Health Committee where delivery of shared care in-centre was identified as a true example of ‘patient centred care’.

We have 215 followers on our @sharemydialysis Twitter feed and have setup Facebook
pages for shared care nurses and patients. In the last 3 months our Website has had 523 unique users from as far away as Brazil and India and continues to be an active and evolving repository of news, ideas and resources, which can be downloaded for others to use. and do please share other tools that you use or ideas that you think could be explored to increase shared care.

The programme is about patient engagement, and we are particularly excited about patients working together with their local teams and supporting the core programme to
develop ideas that work for patients to encourage sharing their care. Involving patients in a meaningful way is not easy and we have a huge amount to learn about how we can all work together to embrace the patient voice at every step. In October we have been invited to run a session at the National Kidney Federation’s annual patient conference
where we plan to spread the message with patients directly – please come along and share your voice.

You can also contact Andy Henwood (Patient Advisory Group Lead) directly on The vision of Shared Care is for people who receive incentre dialysis to have the opportunity, choice and information to participate in aspects of their treatment and thereby improve their experience and their

We know that patients and health care professionals are all different and have different motivations but we also all fundamentally believe in the vision and the why. Capturing and sharing the ‘why’ has been both fun and inspirational – you can capture your why and send it to us on Twitter or email and join the movement.

If you want any further information or just have a great idea to share please contact

Martin Wilkie and Sonia Lee

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CEO Announcement_@AHSN_YandH Congrats to Richard Stubbs from @CLAHRCYH #Collaboration #YH #Growth #Impact

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Stubbs as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Richard brings extensive national and regional experience as CEO having worked in a variety of NHS healthcare innovation roles over the last decade. Richard served as Interim Managing Director of the AHSN for the past 12 months, having originally joined in 2013 as the Commercial Director.

Professor Will Pope, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Chair, said: “I’m delighted that Richard has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN on a permanent basis. Richard has done an outstanding job throughout the last 12 months as interim MD and, under his leadership, we have had a very successful year. Our highlights have included our Mental Health Physical Health and Active Healthy Ageing programmes, the latter of which has seen our electronic Frailty Index included on the new NHS GP Core contract for 2017.  On behalf of myself and the board I wish him every success in his new appointment.”

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NHS Innovation Accelerator: Calls for applications open

A new search for the world’s best healthcare innovations to help improve patients’ lives has launched, focusing on key NHS priorities including mental health, primary care, and urgent and emergency care.

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative co-founded by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, hosted at UCLPartners and supported by all 15 Academic Health Science Networks, is now recruiting up to 12 Fellows representing high-impact, evidence-based innovations, sourced nationally and internationally, which address one or more of the following challenges:

  • Mental health: To ensure that people at risk of or experiencing mental health problems can rapidly access effective and convenient care and support.
  • Urgent and emergency care: To provide highly responsive, effective and personalised solutions for people with or at risk of developing urgent and emergency care needs.
  • Primary care: To support and strengthen primary care in its aim to ensure high levels of quality, satisfaction and timely access to diagnosis and treatment as close to home as possible.

The NIA aims to accelerate uptake and spread of high-impact innovations across England’s NHS. In its first 20 months, the accelerator has supported 25 Fellows to deliver uptake of innovations in 469 additional NHS organisations; with over £28 million raised in external funding, 51 jobs created, 14 awards won, and ten innovations selling internationally.

The third annual call, open until 26 July 2017, aims to recruit up to 12 new Fellows. These Fellows will be exceptional individuals with a passion and commitment for scaling innovation for greater patient benefit, and for sharing their learnings widely.

The call is open to local, national and international health and industry innovators, SMEs, clinicians and academics. Applicants have until midnight on 26 July 2017 to apply, with opportunities to sign up to face-to-face events and online webinars to receive additional support in the application process.

For more information and to apply, visit

To find out more about the Fellows and innovations currently supported by the NIA, visit

Healthcare innovators are invited to register expressions of interest for the new NHS Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP).

The ITP was announced by NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the NHS Confederation Conference in June as part of NHS England’s commitment to the Five Year Forward View.

It aims to support the NHS in adopting innovation by removing financial or procurement barriers and creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit. This programme will be delivered in partnership with the AHSNs, sponsors, national and international experts.

Innovations (specifically medical devices, digital platforms and technologies) accepted on to the ITP will inform an innovation or technology theme, which will then be incentivised via financial or procurement support. This will enable the successful applicant’s innovation – along with any others that meet the same criteria – to be incentivised for use in the NHS.

Guidance on how to apply is available here

For the full press release click here

New Mental Health Report Launched 

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has authored a new report into the support Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) provide for NHS Trusts, patients, carers and families involved in mental health care.

The ‘Disruptive and Collaborative Mental Health Report’ is a national resource to help Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), patients and the general public to understand the exciting innovations taking place in mental health services and to demonstrate how these can be adopted and spread across service providers.

The report includes contributions from Geraldine Strathdee, former NHS England National Clinical Director and Marie Ash, health care professional and former service-user in suicide prevention.  The report also provides

  • Information on specific innovations already making a difference in mental health care that AHSNs and partner organisations are developing and supporting
  • A guide to what good innovations look like and how they should be co-produced and evidence based

To view the report click here

SBRI Healthcare Briefing Event: 26 July

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network and SBRI Healthcare are inviting individuals and organisations to learn more about the upcoming SBRI Healthcare funding competition “Cancer: Screening, Earlier Diagnosis & Faster Diagnosis,” which will open for applications at the end of July.

The free briefing event will take place on Wednesday 26 July from 10am to 1pm at Horizon, 2 Brewery Wharf, Kendall Street, Leeds LS10 1JR.

SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England funded initiative led by the Academic Health Science Networks to develop technology solutions for known healthcare challenges. The next funding round focuses on finding innovative solutions with the ability to transform screening, accelerated diagnosis and management of cancer

SBRI Healthcare welcome applications from companies with solutions that can enhance the screening, diagnosis or management of cancer. Successful applicants can receive up to £100,000 of funding for phase one (feasibility) and up to £1 million for phase two (development) for solutions that match the needs of the NHS. Further information can be found at

This briefing event will provide further details about the competition specification and application process and support available to companies across the region and the opportunity to present questions to the panel.

This will include representatives of SBRI Healthcare, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, the University of Leeds and the Leeds Centre for Personalised Medicine & Health.

Registration is from 10am for a 10.20am start with a networking lunch served from 12pm.

Click here to register for this free event