November 2022 Newsletter

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November 2022

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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Cohort 2 of the CSO Innovation Fellowship Scheme closing soon!

These are 3-year fully funded out of programme (OOP) PhD fellowships at clinical pay scales including PhD fees. Within the Health Innovation SE Scotland (HISES) test bed we are offering a choice of three themes/topics which align with current strategic innovation priorities. These will integrate into existing programmes of work.

Please see summaries on our website.

Applications close on 30th November 2022 to enable OOP planning to enable an August 2023 start. Application details and forms are available on the CSO website.

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Brain Health Technology & Data Challenge

The Data Lab and the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) have partnered with the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium to launch an exciting new challenge and funding call focused on technologies and data-driven innovation for brain health and dementia prevention. The recording and Expression of Interest (EOI) form for the Brain Health Technology & Data Challenge are now live on the DHI website.

Companies interested in participating in the Challenge Call should submit an EOI form by the deadline date: 5pm on 7th December 2022.

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Call for Academic proposals

The DHI is awarding an academic grant of £50K for an independent evaluation of an innovative digitally supported self-management service for weight management and active living developed by the DHI Rural Centre of Excellence Living Lab Programme in collaboration with health and care and industry partners. The purpose of the work is to inform the potential adoption and scalability of this digital service within the Scottish digital health and care context.

To apply, please send your application to by 5pm on 2nd December 2022.

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Heriot-Watt University and Technology Scotland join forces to accelerate access to medical device design capabilities

A partnership has been signed between a Scottish university and an industry body to accelerate access to technology design capabilities for Scotland’s SMEs. Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt will link up with Technology Scotland to speed up the progression of novel medical and healthcare solutions to market. The five-year deal will see allow SMEs from the university’s Medical Device Manufacturing Centre to engage with Technology Scotland, in particular its Product Design Scotland Network, to advance design requirements with a particular focus on the sustainability of medical devices.

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Health & Care Transformation 2023 Annual Conference

Scotland’s largest conference for digital health and care returns next spring, bringing together key stakeholders engaged in transforming healthcare services in Scotland. As the NHS recovers and remobilises, Health & Care Transformation 2023 will analyse how the post-pandemic service paradigm is shifting ever more towards digitisation and technology to better manage demand and improve care.

This full-day event will take place on 30th March 2023 at the Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow.

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Transforming Public Services Leveraging Cloud, Data & AI to build next generation services

Service technologies are helping organisations to harness the power of data, artificial intelligence in a new wave of public service innovation. This event will look at how collaboration is key to simplifying and automating the processes that underpin services to improve responsiveness and reduce the opportunity for things to go wrong.

This full-day event will take place on 19th January 2023 at the Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow.

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Funded Professional Development Award in Technology Enabled Care

NHS Education for Scotland are funding a cohort of 30 candidates to undertake the Professional Development Award (PDA) Technology Enabled Care starting in January 2023. The PDA in Technology Enabled Care at SCQF level 7 aims to equip Scotland’s workforce with the knowledge and skills required to embed Technology Enabled Care into health and social care practice while supporting positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people.

Completed applications must be received by 5pm on 24th November 2022.

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Apple targets Scottish Borders for teaching revolution

Pupils from Earlston and Selkirk high schools enjoyed a live hook-up with Apple’s headquarters in California on Friday before starting classes on app development. The tie-up has already led to seven Borders teachers graduating as Apple learning specialists, and three schools – Selkirk High, Kelso High and Broomlands Primary – have become Apple Distinguished Schools.

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Director of Health and Social Care Data-Driven Innovation programme announced

Dr Marcus Harrison, formerly Chief Operating Officer at the Medicines Discovery Catapult, will lead the Health and Social Care Data-Driven Innovation programme at the University of Edinburgh as it seeks to drive advances in health and social care through the application of data science. The programme is hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute, a centre of academic excellence in the use and application of data within population health.

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Applications open for the Springboard Fund

The Springboard Fund offers a grant to help fund the further development of early-stage ideas into impactful translational projects. If you’re seeking to prototype and test an idea, develop proof-of-principle of the translational application of your research, or even early proof-of-concept, this funding opportunity might be the first fundamental step in enabling access to larger grants, including the £20K iTPA Accelerator Fund, in your journey to commercialisation and impact. Past uses of the funding include accessing data or samples, prototyping, creating new collaborations with industry, clinicians or stakeholders, research expenses, testing your idea in the field, amongst many others.

The application submission deadline is 20 January 2023.

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Innovation Conversation with BioDundee

This in-person BioDundee event taking place 10am – 1pm on 1st December 2022 will explore the growth of Life Sciences and Medicine within the local Tayside region and the opportunities arising for businesses within these sectors. During the event we will be joined by Dame Anna Dominiczak, Scotland’s Chief Scientist for Health, along with speakers from the BioDundee Community, School of Medicine, and the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

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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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