November 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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HISES are recruiting!

We are currently recruiting for an Innovation Project Support Officer role which is available on a 24-month fixed term contract or can be offered as a developmental secondment opportunity. Hosted by NHS Lothian on behalf of the East of Scotland Region, this exciting full-time opportunity will involve providing a key administrative project support role for the Innovation Office which will help deliver transformational and innovative change in the provision of health and care services, working collaboratively with colleagues across the public sector, academia, the third sector and Scottish based life science industries. Closing date is 24th November 2021.


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SHIL Sustainability innovation call - now live!

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) is seeking sustainable, forward-thinking ideas from health and social care professionals that can help support NHS Scotland to adapt, develop and strengthen in  response to climate change.

The innovation call is open to anyone working across NHS Scotland and offers a package of support including:

· up to £25,000 of initial funding

· regulatory support

· project management

· extensive innovation expertise

A virtual briefing event will run on Thursday 9 December at 10am – register your attendance here.


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Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards launched

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards recently launched to find and celebrate the exceptional work achieved through academic and business partnerships.

Hosted by Interface, the business-academic matchmaker in Scotland, the awards ceremony will be held on 17th March 2022.

Applications are being invited in eight categories – from businesses, social enterprises, public sector organisations, third sector, universities, research institutes, innovation centres and colleges that are leading the way towards economic growth, societal improvements, and environmental advances in Scotland and beyond.

Either academics or businesses can apply. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14th January 2022.

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Scottish Government and COSLA launch their refreshed Digital Health & Care Strategy

The refreshed Digital Health and Care Strategy has recently been released which sets out how we will work together to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland by making best use of digital technologies in the design and delivery of services, in a way, place and time that works best for them.

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The Annual Life Sciences Conference: Realising the Covid Legacy

Save the date for this annual event taking place on the 2nd December from 9.30am.

Experts from business, government, and academia will come together virtually to discuss key successes of the last 18 months and how we move forward through collaboration to accelerate science and innovation.

Key speakers include:

·       Steve Bagshaw – UK Vaccines Taskforce

·       Jacqueline Barry – Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

·       Ivan McKee MSP – Minister for Trade and Innovation

·       Steph Wright – The Data Lab

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Baby steps to cutting NHS Scotland's carbon footprint

NHS Lothian Midwives at St John’s hospital are using a new machine, developed in Sweden, to destroy the nitrous oxide and convert it back into harmless gases.

Current practice is to pump the waste gases out of the hospital and release them into the atmosphere. But in St John’s four operating theatres, another innovation is being used to reduce those emissions as the new system captures the excess gases and stops them from escaping. This maternity unit is the only one in Scotland, and the second in the UK, to trial the technology. The hope is that it will be more widely used in future.

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Understanding Medical Device Regulation: An Introduction for Innovators webinar

SHIL have teamed up with the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Medical Devices Unit to host an upcoming webinar. Understanding medical device regulation: an introduction for innovators, will take place from 9.30 am – 12 pm on 25th November. The webinar is open to Scottish-based SMEs, researchers and NHS employees involved in healthcare device innovation.

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Inspiring Innovation in Women’s and Children’s Care event

Are you interested in using technology to improve care for Women and Children, and addressing the challenges our services face?

Join us on Tuesday 30th November and Tuesday 7th December from 2.30pm to 4.30pm for two informative online events:

·       Real-world examples of innovative approaches to healthcare challenges

·       Support available from your Regional Innovation Hubs

Both events are open to all staff working in Women’s and Children’s Services in NHS Scotland.

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NHS Fife Innovation Job Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen to help provide Innovation leadership across NHS Fife Health Board and Health and Social Care Partnership (H&SCP). Developing and implementing strategic direction and a governance framework to support Innovation within NHS Fife and H&SCP and across the South East of Scotland region through our participation in the South East Region Health Innovation Hub (HISES). This post is available on a 21-month fixed term contract. For further information please contact Professor Frances Quirk, Assistant RIK Director on 07900161885 or via email Closing date is 30th November 2021.

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Data Skills Credits Funding for Individuals Now Open!

A new round of Data Skills Credits Funding is officially open! The scheme was first launched in November 2020, providing funding to individuals living in South East Scotland who were looking to develop their data skills. Apply now for up to £500 towards data-related training!

If you’re working in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, or the Scottish Borders, are under or unemployed, or in a role that is being changed by automation you can apply for these grants to help pay for courses that will upskill your data skillset. Applications close on Monday 6th December 2021 at 5pm.

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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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