December Newsletter

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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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NHS Fife Innovation Job Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen to help provide Innovation leadership across NHS Fife Health Board and Health and Social Care Partnership (H&SCP). Developing and implementing strategic direction and a governance framework to support Innovation   within NHS Fife and H&SCP and across the South East of Scotland region through our participation in the South East Region Health Innovation Hub (HISES). This post is available on a 21-month fixed term contract. For further information please contact Professor Frances Quirk, Assistant RIK Director on 07900161885 or via email

The closing date has been extended to 14th December 2021.


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SHIL Sustainability Innovation call briefing event

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) is seeking sustainable, forward-thinking ideas from health and social care professionals that can help support NHS Scotland to adapt, develop and strengthen in response to climate change. The innovation call is open to anyone working across NHS Scotland and offers a package of support including up to £25,000 of initial funding.

A virtual briefing event will run on 9th December at 10am – register your attendance here.

This briefing event will provide details on the Sustainability Innovation Call including:

· Opportunity for sustainable innovation

· Combining green initiatives with high quality care for patients and communities

· Examples of sustainable innovation

· Support available

· How the innovation call works

· Q&A


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Understanding Medical Device Regulation: An Introduction for Innovators webinar

SHIL recently teamed up with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Medical Devices Unit to host a webinar on 25th November. The webinar would be of particular interest to Scottish-based SMEs, researchers and NHS employees involved in healthcare device innovation.

A recording of the event is available for those who were unable to join live. You can view the event recording on the HIAP website.

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The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2022

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards are open, and applications are invited across 8 categories.

The fifth category is ‘Innovator of the Future’ celebrating the people who will create a better Scotland through innovation. Apply today!


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Save the Date – NHS Scotland Event 2022

We’re delighted to announce that the NHS Scotland Event 2022 will take place on Tuesday 21st  and Wednesday 22nd June. Make sure to put the dates in your diary for Scotland’s key networking and educational event for those who work in and with NHS Scotland.

For the first time ever, the NHS Scotland Event will take place in Aberdeen at the P&J Live.

More information on the 2022 Event will follow early next year and look out for the launch of the Call for Posters in January 2022. For all the latest news and announcements, follow @NHSScotEvents #nhsscot22 on Twitter.


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CSO Launches New Postdoctoral scheme to support Early Career Health Researchers

CSO have launched a new Fellowship scheme to provide 3 years of funding to researchers that have just completed a PhD and are looking to take the next step in developing a research career. The scheme is looking for applications from both clinical and non-clinical researchers who propose a project within CSO’s overall remit of early translational (experimental medicine), clinical and applied health research and social care.

The application deadline is Wednesday 16th March 2022 and successful candidates will be able to take up their fellowships from 1st August 2022.


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Digital Health Academy launches to increase digital skills

Over the last 18 months, the need and use of Digital Health Technologies (DHTs) has accelerated as the impact of the pandemic meant we needed to find innovative ways to connect with patients. However, there is a digital skills gap and a real need for the health workforce to gain sound digital capabilities grounded in knowledge and skills, to support and lead on change and innovation.

The Digital Health Academy is designed to help build a digital-ready workforce, supporting all health and care professionals with the appropriate knowledge and confidence to use DHTs effectively and safely in practice.


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Inspiring Innovation in Women’s and Children’s Care event series

The slides and the event recording from the first event on 30th November are available for those who would like to catch up with the event on demand on our resources page on the website via the below link.

The second event takes place this week with different speakers and topics and will provide more inspirational examples of technology-driven solutions in NHS Scotland. Resources will be available on demand afterwards on the website.


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New Haematology Centre Opens at Western General Hospital

A £13 million investment has transformed services for blood cancer patients across South East Scotland at the newly opened Edinburgh Haematology Centre. Located at the Western General Hospital, the centre has been rebuilt, expanding and improving day ward facilities, and enabling a major service redesign to enhance the range of treatments on offer.

Now patients can benefit from intensive chemotherapies and innovative treatments, such as outpatient bone marrow transplants saving them up to a three week stay in hospital. A new relatives’ suite and buddy beds also help to better support inpatients.

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NHS Lothian Digital Mental Health Transformation Programme Manager Opportunity

Join Mental Health Services in NHS Lothian to lead our Programme of Digital Transformation. Working alongside an established clinical lead, you will bring strategy and structure to a growing suite of projects improving pathway efficiency, electronic records, and digital maturity.

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders across NHS Lothian and the four local HSCPs to deliver modern mental health services that maximise what digital solutions can offer. This role is for an initial two-year period with funding for a permanent post currently being sought.


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WIN a slot on CAN DO Innovation Summit’s virtual #SMEStage

The CAN DO Summit are offering a limited number of SMEs and Start-ups the opportunity to showcase their business to an international audience of over 1000 business leaders, investors, academics and innovators.

Enter now for the chance to share your innovation story at Scotland’s national innovation summit – CAN DO Innovation Summit on 23rd February 2022.

Deadline: Midnight 21st December 2021.


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Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Test of Change for Service Innovation in Social Care and Social Work Grants

Applicants are being invited to participate in 2021/22 TEC Social Care Tests of Change initiative to build   further digital innovation capacity within social care and social work. Grants of £3k-£18k are available to support 3 x 30-day rapid change cycles during early 2022 and we hope to award 10 Stage 1 tests of change.

All applications must be submitted to the TEC Programme Office ( by 5pm on Thursday 16th December 2021 and awards will be communicated by 10th January 2022.


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The Data Lab MSc Programme Funding Call for 2022-23

The Data Lab MSc is a collaborative programme between The Data Lab, Scottish Universities and industry partners, which aims to develop talented data scientists and engineers to support the Scottish economy.

This call is open to Scottish Universities to apply to receive £6000 per student to cover MSc course tuition fees for data science, data engineering and artificial intelligence related courses for the academic year 2022-23.

Call Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 28th January 2022.

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NHS Borders Innovation activity

The HeartFlow Delivery Group continues to make progress in relation to testing ‘HeartFlow Fractional Flow Reserve’ AI tool for stable chest pain pathways within 3 sites. This technology has benefitted patients in NHS Western Isles over the course of the pandemic, resulting in reduced invasive investigations and unnecessary travel. HeartFlow is expected to Go-Live in NHS Borders in the coming weeks, with NHS Forth Valley set to follow shortly afterwards. The Scottish Health Technologies Group have now published recommendations for NHS Scotland in relation to this technology, which can be accessed via the link below.


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Festive wishes from the HISES Team

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

“We hope you have a safe and socially-distanced holiday period. 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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