June 2024 Newsletter

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June 2024

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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South-East Scotland NHS Innovation Intrapreneur Course

On 30th May 2024, the HISES team successfully hosted a one-day course at The National Robotarium to discover the world of “Innovation Intrapreneurship”. We invited participants to learn how to contribute and inspire others in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the NHS through the co-production of innovative products, services, and processes. During the day we facilitated table discussions using two key tools in interactive workshops to co-design a blueprint for a self-managed “Innovators Club of Intrapreneurs”. There was high energy throughout the day, and we would like to thank all our speakers, organisers, facilitators, and delegates who contributed their ideas through participatory team work, making the day a great success. We aim to do a formal write up of the event with key learnings and next steps which we will then publish on our website in due course.

Life After Stroke Pathway pilot launch coming soon

A new pathway to support life after stroke is due to be piloted in NHS Lothian and NHS Fife, during Summer 2024. The pathway will be using the digital platform and app ‘Tailored Talks’, created by Pogo Digital Healthcare, to provide tailored support and information to people recovering from a stroke. As an integrated care pathway, the Tailored Talks system links patients to third sector support from Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, where the Advice Line team can offer patients a call-back for further guidance. The pathway is an example of how industry, NHS and third sector parties can collaborate to improve healthcare and support patient self-management

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Patient Information Forum – AI Position Statement

The Patient Information Forum produced a position statement on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the production of health information. This statement aims to help members understand the AI landscape and how to manage it. It will be followed by a full framework for policy creation, currently in development, which will be published in the Autumn of 2024.

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Scottish Funding Council – Value of Research & Innovation in Scotland Task & Finish Working Group

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is pleased to invite applications to be part of its new Value of research & innovation in Scotland Task & Finish Working Group. The application will close on Wednesday, 3 July 2024. This cross-sector Group will support the SFC in developing and implementing a programme of work, building on the suite of reports published in 2023, to meaningfully demonstrate the impact of R&I funding, including SFC core R&I funding, to Scotland’s society and economy.

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MHRA launches AI Airlock to address challenges for regulating medical devices that use Artificial Intelligence

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has set out its strategic approach to artificial intelligence (AI) in its publication on the Impact of AI on the regulation of medical products. As part of this strategic approach, the MHRA has now launched the AI Airlock, its new regulatory sandbox for AI as a Medical Device. This pilot project will help the Agency identify and address the challenges for regulating standalone AI medical devices, initially seeking out and supporting 4-6 virtual or real-world projects through simulation.

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Applied Health Research Programmes

The call for applied health research programmes was issued in March 2023, inviting applications from Scottish Universities and Health Boards for research programmes with a high level of direct impact to address important Scottish population health and/or NHS challenges with up to £1 million available per programme of up to 5 years in duration.

Programmes are anticipated to start during the course of 2024 and conclude in 2029.

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MRC / NIHR - Enhancing Biomedical and Health-related Data and Digital Platform Resources

Applications are open for a share of £15 million for data and digital platform resources that will support, manage, link, share and access data at scale for biomedical, health and care research. You must be based at an eligible UK research organisation. This is a pilot funding opportunity co-funded by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health and care Research. Applications close at 9am on 18th June 2024.

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Nominations Now Open for Scotland's Health Awards 2024

Nominations are now open for the first year of Scotland’s Health Awards.  These awards signify a new partnership between The Scotsman and the Scottish Government and will celebrate those working across NHS Scotland and its partners in delivering high quality health and social care services to the people of Scotland. All winners will be announced on Thursday 7 November 2024 at the awards ceremony. Submit your nominations for Scotland’s Health Awards online by Midnight on Sunday 18 August. For further information on this and all the award categories, visit Scotland’s Health Awards website via the following link

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Designing Data and Innovation Futures to Wear – 2024 Symposium

Edinburgh Futures Institute introduces, ‘Designing Data and Innovation Futures to Wear’ a symposium to learn from and engage with leading academics and innovators across interconnected industries on how they are harnessing technology to create our future, sustainable world. The aim of this event is to create the conditions for experimental dialogue across robotics, data, design, and healthcare, collaborating to inform a radically different approach to research and innovation at Edinburgh Futures Institute. This in person event will take place 9am – 4pm on 21st June 2024 at the Edinburgh Futures Institute building.

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Secure your FREE place at Public Sector Cloud Services, Infrastructure and AI 2024

Holyrood’s annual Cloud conference will return to Dynamic Earth in central Edinburgh on 24th September 2024. The revamped event will delve into Public Sector Cloud Services, Infrastructure and AI, featuring speakers from the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, SCVO, Digital Office for Scottish Local Government, Forestry and Land Scotland, Woxsen University and more!

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DigitalScotland 2024 Conference Launch – Registration open!

Registration for DigitalScotland 2024 is officially open which will take place on 26th November 2024, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. DigitalScotland 2024 is the leading forum to hear about how digital and data are transforming the way our public services operate and fulfil their mission to be modern, responsive, and designed around the needs of citizens.

Designed to bring together digital and data professionals from across the public sector, the full-day event is a must-attend and features a fantastic line-up of 50+ speakers, 50+ industry partners and 1,200+ attendees to explore the latest trends, share insights and showcase innovative solutions to the challenges facing Scotland’s citizens.

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Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster Online Meeting

Join the DHI for the latest Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster Online Meeting from 10am – 12pm on 26th June 2024 to engage with speakers and explore the latest developments in this sector. Speakers are confirmed from Social Care Wales, sharing insights from their latest research on social care innovation in Wales, and discussing recent developments and their impact on social care practices and BT Healthcare, exploring their innovation fund and the opportunities it offers for cluster members, highlighting how to secure funding for innovative projects.

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Rescheduled webinar on AI in Healthcare: IP and Commercialisation

The rescheduled May webinar in formal NHS Scotland partner InnoScot Health’s educational series will be analysing the significant impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on healthcare and how innovators should best maximise and protect its benefits. The free to join ‘lunch & learn’ session taking place at 12pm on 19th June 2024 is entitled AI in Healthcare: IP and commercialisation and will provide expansive insights on where Scottish healthcare is already deploying AI, where longer-term ambitions lie, and how to roll out innovations in this area. It will also offer legal perspectives on how best to protect the intellectual property inherent in innovative new ideas that include fast evolving AI technologies.

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Engaging students in healthcare innovation for an improved NHS

InnoScot Health’s June webinar, Engaging students in healthcare innovation for an improved NHS, will be introduced by Innovation Manager, Fiona Schaefer who will discuss our work over the past two years in providing more than 10 teams of students from Heriot-Watt University Engineering Design and Manufacture and Glasgow School of Art’s product design manufacture students with real world project briefs from NHS innovators. The free to join ‘lunch & learn’ session taking place at 12pm on 26th June 2024 and will be focusing in on the important role which higher education can play in supporting the development of healthcare innovation.

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