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Funded through the Chief Scientist’s Office, Health Innovation South East Scotland (HISES) forms part of national network created to deliver the Scottish Government’s vision to utilise the innovation process to deliver a healthier and wealthier nation for the future.
Formed through a collaboration of three NHS Boards — Borders, Fife and Lothian, with the latter taking on the role of lead host Board, HISES has a pivotal role in delivering innovative solutions to the health and social challenges, both regionally and nationally. Need to contact us?


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Register now for Igniting Innovation event

NHS Grampian Innovation Hub is delighted to host the next Innovation Network Event Igniting Innovation taking place 2 – 4.30pm on the 25th August 2021. Exploring the role of innovation test beds, the event will consider what is needed to deliver innovation into Health and Social care services, showcase success, and encourage collaboration across the health innovation community. The event will include workshops on key innovation topics chosen by you, AI successes and a National update from Dr David Lowe, Clinical Director for Innovation. Review the full programme and register now to avoid disappointment!

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Access facilities to drive innovation webinar

Jointly hosted by Edinburgh Innovations and Edinburgh BioQuarter, this webinar will take place 12 – 1.30pm on 24th August 2021. Explore the highly specialised expertise and facilities Edinburgh University has to offer academic colleagues and organisations to support your projects from bench to bedside. Discover how to get in touch directly for scientific questions or support via Edinburgh Innovations for pricing and contracting.

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Progress innovation in a collaborative ecosystem webinar

Jointly hosted by Edinburgh BioQuarter and Edinburgh Innovations, this webinar will take place 1 – 2pm on 31st August 2021. Explore how new medical treatments are progressed from bench to bedside at BioQuarter, and the challenges and opportunities involved in growing a world-class health innovation ecosystem. Discover why it is a leading location for turning innovative ideas into reality and driving medical innovation for Scotland and the world.

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NHS Lothian gets its first eCargo bikes

Staff in the Podiatry department are the first to be part of a new trial in NHS Lothian designed to reduce carbon emissions, save money and support staff wellbeing. The department are the first in Lothian to introduce e-bikes as a way of travelling to see patients. The concept was first suggested by a member of the podiatry team to Gillian Hawthorne, Team Lead Podiatrist, who then worked with Amanda Jones, Head of Occupational Health Physiotherapy, to help make this idea a reality.

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Surgical robots for NHS Scotland

An investment of around £20 million in ten surgical robots will result in less invasive procedures and boost hospital capacity across Scotland including NHS Lothian and NHS Fife. The Robotic-Assisted Surgery systems will be used primarily for cancer treatment and urological, colorectal, and gynaecological operations.

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NHS Scotland Job Opportunity!

An exciting opportunity exists to secure the role of Head of Innovation for the Centre for Sustainable Delivery (CfSD). The CfSD is expanding its capability through the development of a new innovation function. As a brand-new function there is an opportunity to work with stakeholders across NHS Scotland to mobilise the new Accelerated National Innovation Adoption Pathway. This focuses on the delivery of innovations aligned with identified NHS priorities, and there will be a portfolio of innovations at different stages of the pathway. Closing date is 17th August.

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NHS Grampian to prototype digital therapy for kids struggling to cope with illness

North-east medics are helping develop new technology for sick kids struggling to cope – with a particular focus on those living with gastrointestinal issues. NHS Grampian is working with two companies to prototype and test their ideas.

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Colon Capsule Endoscopy Rollout

The Scottish Capsule Programme (SCOTCAP) enables the rollout of Colon Capsule Endoscopy (CCE), a small device the size of a pill which contains a digital camera, as a less invasive alternative to a Colonoscopy.

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New UK Life Sciences vision sets 10-year strategy for sector

Bold new life sciences vision sets path for UK to build on pandemic response and deliver life-changing innovations to patients. UK Life Sciences Vision sets 10-year strategy for sector to solve some of the biggest healthcare problems of our generation, including cancer and dementia.

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SHIL’s latest innovation call

SHIL’s latest innovation call on frailty will launch in August 2021 designed to deliver innovations to people living longer as well as younger people who are frail, due to their complex health and social needs. A package of financial and project support will be available to health and social care professionals. Follow @ScotHealthInno

Latest DHI report is now live!

The latest DHI report “Mapping Policies relating to the digital transformation of health and care sector and the associated workforce skills and capabilities in Scotland and the UK” is now live on the Strathprints Repository.

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Countdown to launch of Health Innovation District procurement opportunity

Edinburgh BioQuarter’s £1Bn (GDV) mixed-use Health Innovation District opportunity will launch in October 2021. The chance to invest in one of Europe’s largest development opportunities in the life sciences sector comes at a time when the work of medical researchers and scientific innovators has never been more in focus.

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The Data Lab are hiring!

The Data Lab are currently recruiting a Programme Coordinator and Business Development Officer. Both roles support the delivery of their well-established MSc Placement programme.

Deadline for Applications: 5pm, 17th August.

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Resources from the NHS Scotland Event 2021 now available

All resources from the NHS Scotland Event 2021 are now available! The extensive programme featured six keynote sessions, twelve sessions, and six spotlight sessions featuring a number of presentations.  As well as the filmed content, all presentations featured in the sessions are available to view as well as over 300 ePosters in the first online ePoster showcase.

Please take time to look through all the resources and take back the learning to your workplace to share with colleagues

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Nominations closing soon for the Scottish Health Awards 2021

The Scottish Health Awards are recognised awards for those working across NHS Scotland and is partners to deliver high quality health and social care services to the people of Scotland. Please take the time to nominate someone you believe deserves to be recognised across the sixteen award categories for this year. The #ScotHealthAwards Innovation Award is open to an individual, group or team who are developing innovative ways to improve health and social care in Scotland. Submit your nominations online by 5pm on 26th August 2021.

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Design Thinking for Digital Innovation

Design thinking can be a game-changer for your business—especially in the context of digital transformation. And it’s not just for designers – it’s a lens to solve problems in human-centred, creative and innovative ways. Join the next Art of Possible to hear practical insights from our inspirational panel of experts – from LEGO to the V&A – on how design-thinking can help start-ups and SMEs leverage the right tech solutions for people, planet and the bottom line. This webinar will take place 10:45am – 12pm on 26th August.

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Latest funding opportunities

Check out the latest health and care funding opportunities from across the sector on the funding section of our website.

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