December 2023 Newsletter

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December 2023

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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Children and Young People Remote Asthma Management SBRI Challenge closed

Applications for the Children and Young People Remote Asthma Management SBRI Challenge are now closed! The aim of this competition is to develop disruptive innovative solutions focusing on the pro-active target management and prediction of asthma attacks in young people with asthma. HISES are hosting this challenge on behalf of NHS Scotland and is being led by Dr Kenneth Macleod, Clinical Lead and Respiratory Paediatrician in NHS Lothian. Thank you to all organisations who applied to address this challenge and we look forward to the shortlisting process in early 2024.

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Midlothian CRT revealed as winners at the 2023 Scottish Healthcare Awards

We are thrilled to announce that the Midlothian Community Respiratory Team (CRT) won their nominated 2023 Scottish Healthcare Awards at the recent awards evening in Glasgow on 29th November 2023. The application for Asthma / COPD Project of the Year showcased developing an innovative approach to the use of data in Midlothian CRT with a focus on improving the quality of care for COPD patients in Midlothian through service improvements using data. Claire Yerramasu, Midlothian CRT Team Lead said, “Really delighted for the team, and the data and digital teams, it’s a great recognition of all the hard work.”

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Health Data Science Online Course – Applications for January 2024 closing soon

Do you want to learn how data science can improve the quality of care or service that you provide? This online course, delivered by the University of Edinburgh will introduce you to the key foundations and data skills necessary for data-driven innovation in health and social care.

On this 11-week course, you will:

  • learn how data be used to improve analysis and reporting.
  • gain practical experience in working with data.
  • understand about the ethical and legal implications of working with healthcare data.

Apply by 20th December 2023 to join the next cohort beginning 8th January 2024. There are a limited number of fully funded places available for eligible candidates.

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New cloud-based radiology platform to be rolled out across Scotland’s health boards

A new nationwide cloud-based platform will provide tools to support clinicians reviewing and reporting on five million radiology scans per year across Scotland. NHS National Services Scotland has entered into a 10-year agreement with international medical imaging IT company Sectra to host the enterprise software platform. The fully managed software as a service (SaaS), Sectra One Cloud, will be used by all of Scotland’s 14 territorial NHS boards and by NHS Golden Jubilee, which also hosts the Scottish National Radiology Reporting Service.

NHS organisations will utilise the radiology, breast imaging, and orthopaedics modules available through the enterprise imaging service.

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NHS Research Scotland (NRS) and Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Patient and Public Involvement Event

Save the date! NRS and the CSO are hosting an event bringing together Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) partners, professionals, researchers, and policy makers to share, shape and celebrate PPI happening in research across Scotland.Taking place at the V&A Dundee on 12th March 2024, this event will consist of workshops, plenary sessions, and PPI awards. Registration will open in January 2024. Please come along, learn, network, and share your activities and experiences.

Abstracts are currently being accepted for 10-minute talks with a deadline submission date of 8th January 2024.

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A new strategic partnership between NHS Education for Scotland and the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI)

The agreement will enable the development of the health and social care workforce and future design and delivery of health and social care services through innovation and the use of digital technologies. A collaborative work programme, which will be delivered via an agreed action plan, will focus on the following strategic areas:

  • workforce development, education and training
  • research development and innovation
  • strategic level engagement with other organisations
  • developing and deploying innovative technologies
  • delivery of health and social care in remote and rural areas

This strategic partnership approach will also support delivery of Scottish Government’s policy priorities to achieve a more skilled and knowledgeable workforce and better outcomes for citizens as well as helping drive innovation and boosting economic competitiveness

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Making digital inclusion everyone's responsibility: a roadmap for Scotland

For those of us delivering public services, we risk exacerbating existing inequalities by delivering services digitally. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have developed this post-pandemic roadmap to define where we’re at, where we need to go and the high level actions we need to take towards significantly reducing digital exclusion in Scotland.

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Save the Date for the NHS Scotland Event 2024!

The NHS Scotland Event 2024 will take place on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th June at the SEC in Glasgow. The Event will offer an extensive programme featuring some of the most senior figures in health – so make sure to add the date to your diary for Scotland’s key networking and educational event for those who work in and with NHS Scotland. More information on next year’s Event will follow in the coming weeks.

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Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) Conference 2024: The Grand Challenges in Health Data

HDRUK’s annual conference will be a free two-day, hybrid event to celebrate progress and bring people together to accelerate the trustworthy use of health data for public benefit. The conference will be hosted in person in Leeds on 5th – 6th March 2024 or join online and access all the sessions as live-streams. The last few years have demonstrated the enormous power of data to advance medical knowledge and deliver radical improvements to people’s lives. But there is much more that can be done through large-scale data, advanced analytics, and innovative developments in data governance.

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Secure your FREE place at Digital Health and Care Scotland 2024

Holyrood’s annual Digital Health and Care Scotland conference is returning to Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh on 21-22 February 2024. The event will bring together health, social care and housing professionals from across Scotland to look at how innovative digital solutions are being used to help alleviate pressure on the system by improving service delivery and demand management. The annual Digital Health and Care Awards are now closed for entries! Taking place on the night of 21st February 2024, the Awards recognise the achievements of the individuals and teams working in the health, social care, and housing sectors whose innovation and creativity have put Scotland at the forefront of the digital revolution.

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Secure your FREE place at Public Sector Data Summit 2024

Holyrood Connect’s annual Public Sector Data Summit will return to Edinburgh on 20th March 2024. The use of data in digital technologies within the public sector has skyrocketed in recent years. It is crucial that we understand how to maximise its potential to help us make informed decisions and deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers. Through a variety of session formats, including keynote addresses, panel discussions and interactive masterclasses, the event will provide real-life examples of data use within the public sector for you to learn from.

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Secure your FREE place at Public Sector Digital Transformation 2024

Holyrood Connect’s 11th annual flagship Digital Transformation event for the Scottish Public Sector will be returning on 11th June 2024, at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The trend of digital transformation shows no sign of slowing as more and more organisations across Scotland shift their systems to digital.

During the event, you will hear from senior government speakers and thought leaders within the public sector to learn about the progress of the Digital Strategy for Scotland. You will also hear engaging discussions surrounding the shifting landscape of public sector organisations and the foundations needed for a successful digital transition.

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Futurescot's Cloud, Data & AI - Transforming Public Services Conference 2024

Futurescot’s Cloud, Data & AI – Transforming Public Services Conference, the premier event for public sector officials seeking to revolutionise their services through technology and innovation will take place on 21st March 2024. This conference serves as the pivotal meeting point between government and technology providers, offering invaluable insights into harnessing the potential of cloud, data and AI to modernise public services. Attendees will gain global thought leadership on leveraging these technologies for increased agility, responsiveness, and intelligence in government services. The event also focuses on turning data into a valuable organisational asset, exploring sustainable cloud deployment options, and navigating the ethical and inclusive integration of AI.

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Futurescot's Health & Care Transformation Conference 2024

Health & Care Transformation is the essential annual conference taking place on 16th April 2024 which is dedicated to charting the path towards the recovery and rejuvenation of the NHS. This event serves as a nexus for bringing together the ‘triple helix’ of government, industry, and academia to harness the full potential of technology and innovation. By leveraging these tools, the conference aims to alleviate the pressures on the system, shifting from a reactive to a proactive era of care. Key themes include fostering seamless data flow across healthcare sectors, empowering startups within the NHS and social care, and facilitating transformative change.

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Festive wishes from the HISES Team

A festive message to all our colleagues, partners, collaborators, and funders.

“We thank you for your engagement in 2023, we’ve enjoyed sharing the latest health and care innovation news with you all. Wishing you all festive cheer, good health, and good fortune in the New Year! Warm wishes from everyone at Health Innovation South East Scotland.”

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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