March 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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DDE Innovation Seed Funding Available

The University of Edinburgh has launched a new initiative looking to support University-led digital or data-driven companies and advance social and economic recovery from Covid-19.

Delivered by Edinburgh Innovations’ Investment Management team, the fund is designed to overcome the challenge faced by many young companies – refining their idea and winning early investment.

Applications are open until 25th March so apply now to avoid disappointment!


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AI Skin Cancer Consortium Launch Event – 24th March 2021

We invite you to join the launch of the AI Skin Cancer Consortium – led by NHS Scotland.

Find out what it is, and how we can work together to achieve the ambitious challenge set:

The vision: “25 by 25 – skin cancer diagnosis within 25 minutes by 2025”

By 2025, that indicative diagnosis of skin cancer in Scotland is achieved within 25 minutes by utilising opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI) integrated within patient care pathway.

Hear about our progress so far and how we can work together within the UK and wider to achieve our vision “25 by 25”.

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Improving Hip Fracture Outcomes Using Data SBRI Closing Soon!

The Hip Fracture Challenge has been developed in response to an innovation opportunity being identified as part of the NHS Lothian Orthopaedic Quality Improvement Programme at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. Organisations can apply for a share of £160,000 inclusive of VAT to develop a solution which will improve quality of care and outcomes for hip fracture patients.

The closing date for applications is 31st March 2021. The event recording and presentations from the applicant briefing event are available on our microsite:


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Healthcare Innovation – Maximising the Future of Life Sciences and Healthcare

On the 4th March, NHS Scotland, Life Sciences Scotland and Innovate UK hosted a meeting for the Industry, NHS and Social Care Innovation Network.

The event had a range of fantastic speakers and for those who were unable to join live, you can now view the event recording via the below link.

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Save the Date for Virtual NHS Scotland Event 2021

The NHS Scotland Event returns as a virtual conference on 22 – 24 June 2021 showcasing the work being done to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and providing opportunities to reflect on what we can achieve when we work together to Re-mobilise, Recover and Re-design.

The virtual NHS Scotland Event promises to deliver the same engaging programme content and impactful connections with peers in a dynamic, digital setting that will be accessible from anywhere.

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UKRI CDT in Biomedical AI Industry Event 19th March 2021

The University of Edinburgh has placed health and biomedicine at the heart of their Data Driven Innovation agenda and a key contribution to this is the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence to transform our understanding and practice of biomedicine. This half day event has been designed to share advances in the field of Biomedical AI and how collaborations may support industrial partners.

Register today to secure your place!

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PROTECT-CH Study Seeking Expressions of Interest

PROTECT-CH is a UK-wide clinical trial to identify treatments that can protect care home residents from developing COVID-19, and is currently seeking expressions of interest from Scottish care homes.

If you are a Care Home Manager and would be interested in hearing more about the trial and potentially taking part, please complete the expression of interest survey accessed via the below link.

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New UK Life Sciences Platform Launches

The UK Healthcare Pavilion, a first of its kind online platform that showcases the very best of UK Healthcare and Life Sciences, has been launched with a ‘Scottish Pavilion’ spotlighting key organisations across the country. Scotland’s long tradition of tech innovation is stronger than ever, making it the place to be to do great things digitally.

Discover Scotland’s key organisations and browse companies today.

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Free Online Course – The Power of Data in Health and Social Care

This free course has been developed by The University of Strathclyde, The Data Lab, UrbanTide and the DHI. You’ll discover the principles of using healthcare data analytics, best practices around data governance, tools to help you manage and analyse data, and how to work collaboratively with data scientists and digital teams. This course is for frontline, middle and senior management staff working in the health and care sectors, including the 3rd sector.

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