November Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly Newsletter
November 2020

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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Infection Management Game shortlisted for Nursing
Times Award


The Infection Management Game, invented by NHS Lothian Critical Care Infection Surveillance Nurse, Odette Brooks, and supported to development by SHIL, has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award in the Infection Prevention and Control category. The awards highlight excellence in a wide range of nursing specialities. The Infection Management Game is an exemplar of front-line health professionals identifying new, more efficient ways to improve service delivery and patient care, enabling the effective management of patients with suspected or known infections.


Holyrood Magazine – Science and Innovation feature

“The pandemic has done nothing to slow the appetite for innovation.” – COVID19 is a significant challenge but some reassuring content in the Science and Innovation issue of Holyrood Magazine showing positive work taking place across Scotland to respond and adapt. Having the innovation test bed model in place ahead of COVID19 has been vital in enabling the NHS to adapt and respond to the pandemic and embrace new ways of working.


Professor Frances Quirk is the newly appointed Assistant Research and Development Director at NHS Fife

Professor Frances Quirk has recently joined NHS Fife as Assistant RD&I Director. Frances has been working remotely from Australia since August and arrived in Fife at the beginning of November. Frances has demonstrated a commitment to improving quality and equity of access to care for rural, regional and remote communities through innovation and translation and is looking forward to working closely with colleagues at HISES to support innovation across Fife and South East Scotland.



Meeting of Innovate UK, NHS Scotland & Social Care and Industry Innovation

Meeting of Innovate UK, NHS Scotland & Social Care and Industry Innovation This virtual event brings together over 20 speakers demonstrating innovation as an integral part of remobilising health and social care and building a strong life sciences sector. The event will be chaired by Professor David Crossman Chief Scientist (Health), Scottish Government with a range of high-profile speakers. Browse the programme and register for the virtual event taking place 10am – 1pm via MS Teams on Thursday 26th November. Register today:



Innovation Test Beds in Scotland for Health and Social Care

The Innovation Test Beds in Scotland bring together industry, academia and healthcare services to improve NHS and Social Care services in Scotland. Together they look for innovations that will enact positive changes in citizens’ health outcomes and general wellbeing. Having a national network of innovation test beds allows innovative solutions to be tested to ensure they are fit for use in NHS– clinically, financially and operationally.

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National Innovation Twitter Account Launch

A new Twitter account for Health and Social Care Innovation Scotland has been setup to support and promote innovation across Health and Social Care in Scotland, made possible through strong collaboration of industry, academia and NHS. Follow @HSCInnoScot to keep up to date.

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Scotland’s AI Strategy

The Scottish Government is committed to developing an AI strategy for Scotland, which is due to be published in spring 2021. January 2020 saw the publication of a scoping document setting out proposals for the strategy. Latest blog post now live which reflects on the consultation process conducted earlier this year and summarises the Consultation Report.



NICE 4 Health virtual session with NHS Lothian

Clearing Clinical Backlog with Automation. The presentation recording is now available to you. Click the link below to view all the valuable information presented in a collaborative event with NHS Lothian, including:

 • The backlog challenges faced by NHS Lothian

 • The approach and methodology to the project

 • The Attended Automation Solution

 • Outcomes gained

 • The next areas of Speciality to be converted and why.


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