Newsletter August 2020
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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.
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Diabetes SBRI National Challenge Open
NHS Scotland and Innovate UK are funding a national SBRI competition where successful applicants will receive 100% funding and access to advice from NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. NHS Scotland is investing up to £300,000 in innovative solutions in 3 challenge areas which will be delivered in 2 phases. The deadline for Phase 1 applications is 30 September 2020. You can register for the launch event on 17 August 2020 where Clinical Leads will discuss their challenges and we will hear presentations from the Chief Scientists Office and Innovate UK on the innovation landscape in Scotland and from an industry partner about their experience.find out more
Kindocoin SBRI Challenge Relaunch
In January we set out an SBRI Challenge to run a competition which saw 5 companies awarded contracts to work with 5 test beds across Lothian, Borders and Fife. The intention was for these companies to commence 3 month R&D contracts to research the feasibility, understand the requirements of the services, the problems they face and types of reward that volunteers would welcome and to come up with innovative approaches to solving the ask. Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, the start was put on hold but we are pleased to announce that the project recommenced this week on the 10th August 2020. The first phase companies are, Frog Systems Ltd, CareApp Solutions; TeamKinetic, Uppertunity and Wallet Services.find out more
The Patient Repositioning Device
Invented by Jim Riggans, a community nurse from NHS Lothian, the Patient Repositioning Device is an innovative solution for moving patients at home or in a care home setting. It is primarily used to manoeuvre patients to administer personal care, such as changing clothing, dressing changes and cleaning. The idea behind the device was to allow a single carer to carry out patient turning manoeuvres. This would mean the requirement for fewer staff and time savings, while maintaining the safety of both patient and carer. We have had overwhelming positive feedback from staff and family members and now intend to evaluate its use.find out more
The Enabling Learning NHS Care Systems utilising Electronic Medical Records (ELectra) Infrastructure Project was established by a team of Fife researchers, co-led by Prof Frank Sullivan and Prof Alex Baldacchino. The system the project developed links national ISD and secondary NHS Fife clinical datasets to create a cleaned, ‘live’ and comprehensive information system accessible via HIC’s Safe Haven infrastructure to support the NHS Fife’s Clinical Strategy and future research projects. The proof of concept work links data on multimorbidity and provides results to practices about their patients, The Fife Community Advisory Council for Primary Care Research Panel have been actively involved in the development of this project.find out more
Cancer Clinical Trials Back on Track
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, patients across Lothian and the South East of Scotland have continued to receive cancer treatment through clinical trials. With restrictions easing, more patients have resumed participation in cancer trials. The South East Scottish Cancer Research Network (SESCRN) are pleased to announce that any remaining trials that have been on hold are all now able to reopen and would like to reassure patients that all trial options will be available to them. The SESCRN teams – based in the Edinburgh Cancer Centre at the Western General Hospital – are also recruiting patients to take part in a series of new clinical trials.find out more