February 2023 Newsletter

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February 2023

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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Reducing Drug Deaths SBRI Innovation Challenge Open for Applications

The Scottish Health Industry Partnership (SHIP), part of the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) has launched a £5m Reducing Drug Deaths SBRI Innovation Challenge, in partnership with the Office for Life Science Addiction Healthcare Mission. Proposals can receive up to £500,000 to support the development of innovative MedTech and Digital Health solutions that focus on detection of, response to, and intervention in potentially fatal drug overdose episodes. Applications are open until 21st April 2023.


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Lung Cancer Service Design workshop

In January, a multi-disciplinary group from the lung cancer service at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre (ECC) attended a design workshop facilitated by the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI). The aim of this workshop was to carry out several exercises to map the current pathway, review innovation that is being untaken in other areas and then translate this into a ‘future journey’ blueprint – looking at opportunity areas for innovation that would ultimately deliver on the new Cancer Centre providing a truly transformed regional cancer service. The idea being to think about the ‘art of possible’ for what we need to do to improve the way we work, to improve outcomes for our patients, and to improve the end-to-end experience that our patients and their families/carers go through along their journey within the service – and to do this co-design work in collaboration with our staff, third sector partners and patients. We will keep you updated with the outcomes from this workshop and the pipeline of innovation projects in this space as they develop.


Mental Health SRBI Challenge Launch

This month HISES, as part of the national Mental Health SBRI challenge, has started working in partnership with two companies to develop innovative solutions to address one of the current challenges; profound mismatch between supply and demand and, a lack of any systematic way to measure person-centred outcomes. This is in line with the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 vision where people can get the right help at the right time, expect recovery, and fully enjoy their rights, free from discrimination and stigma. We are pleased to announce that the two companies working with HISES in Phase 1 are Wysa Ltd and Sentireal.


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Digital Inclusion in Mental Health Stakeholder Event

The Scottish Government’s Digital Health and Care Directorate are working on a new programme, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, to develop, test and implement a range of digital inclusion models that enable people to access mental health and housing support (and wider services) and feel empowered, digitally confident and experience improved wellbeing through the wider opportunities and connections to communities that digital inclusion brings. This stakeholder event will take place 3 –5pm on 1st March 2023.


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MIND CRAFT Immersive Mental Health Competition

The world is facing a mental health crisis that demands immediate action. The VR Hive believes that immersive technology (virtual/augmented/mixed reality), has great potential to improve access and increase the amount of mental health resources available. This competition allows you to submit an immersive digital product that addresses and tackles mental health disorders and/or challenges. Deadline for submissions is 12 noon on 12th March 2023.

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MSc in Applied Digital Health

This MSc is a one-year, full-time course, designed to teach the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation in the fast-growing area of digital health. Aimed at early or mid-career professionals, entrants to this course will come from a wide range of backgrounds, including clinical medicine, public health, medical sociology, psychology, statistics, computer science and engineering. While no pre-existing knowledge is assumed, you must have an interest in both the social and technical aspects of digital health.


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Register for the Annual Digital Health and Care Conference

Holyrood Connect’s 12th annual Digital Health and Care conference will return to Edinburgh on 21st and 22nd February 2023, bringing together health and social care professionals from across the country. The event will look at how digital solutions are being used to support the recovery and remobilisation of the NHS and social care system, as we learn to live with COVID-19. The event is free-to-attend for those working in the public or third sectors. Register now to secure your place.


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Register for Health & Care Transformation 2023 Event

This full day event taking place in Glasgow on 30th March 2023 will bring together stakeholders from across Scotland’s health, care and third sector landscape for a landmark conference to chart a path towards the better management of social care in the community. Hear about developments in electronic health records, AI detecting patient deterioration and remote platforms monitoring patients’ vital signs from afar. Scaling technology trials and innovation pilots are the next big challenge as we navigate a path to sustainable health and care services based on tech-driven preventative and interventionist care delivery models.


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InnoScot Health launch informative webinar series for Inspiring Innovators

InnoScot Health are launching a series of informative webinars from next month for everyone across the health service, with InnoScot Health staff and an array of guest speakers sharing knowledge with those who are looking to develop fresh ideas. The accessible, bitesize ‘lunch & learn’ sessions will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and will see InnoScot Health staff regularly  sharing their deep knowledge and insights on the innovation journey, while also providing a platform for inspiring guest speakers. The first free to join webinar takes place 12 – 12.45pm on 1st March 2023.


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Preliminary Market Consultation: Using Innovation to Deliver Neonatal Care at Home

The Scottish Health and Industry Partnership (SHIP) wish to engage with interested suppliers in the marketplace prior to a future Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) within the Women and Children’s portfolio to use innovation to deliver neonatal care at home. Please note that this notice is for Preliminary Market Consultation for pre-tender supplier engagement only. There is a particular interest to know if the market has potential solutions already in development that address either (a) Delivery of phototherapy outside of the neonatal environment and (b) Testing and recording for jaundice at home and/or out with the hospital setting.


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Government announces £10m in funding for CivTech Challenges in 2023

CivTech – the Scottish Government’s flagship innovation accelerator – will receive £10m in funding for a series of tech-related challenges in the year ahead. The programme will receive the funding boost for 2023 as support for bringing innovation into the public sector. The news came as CivTech hosted its annual Demo Day event last week in Edinburgh. Stay tuned for updates on the launch of #CivTech9 later this year. Interested in taking part? Contact CivTech@gov.scot.


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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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Department of Health & Social Care launch MedTech strategy

We are excited to announce that the UK Government has launched the first ever Medical Technology ‘MedTech’ Strategy to set out steps which need to be taken to ensure patients’ continued access to safe, effective, and innovative technology through the NHS which can help diagnose, treat, and deliver care more quickly. It has taken a tremendous amount of work across government, the health and care system and industry in getting to this point and we are excited to now be able to share the strategy more widely. The MedTech strategy is now available online for you to read using the following link.


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Illuminate Dundee event

Illuminate Dundee is an event designed to shine a light on the thriving life sciences community based in and around Dundee. This event will focus on bringing together local life sciences organisations, creating a platform for attendees to meet industry peers, exchange ideas and collaborate. Taking place on 1st March 2023, the event will begin with an online ‘Lunch and Learn’ session including speaker presentations, panel discussion with local life sciences professionals and networking opportunities. This will be followed by an in-person networking event at The Street in the School of Life Sciences, the University of Dundee.


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