Building on last year’s success, the AHSN Network will again have a major presence at the NHS Innovation Health and Care Expo, and the West of England AHSN will be there flying the flag for our Diabetes Digital Coach Test Bed and the new citizen engagement platform, hyvr.

Taking place in Manchester Central from 11 to 12 September, Expo is a unique celebration of innovation, enterprise and collaboration. The event aims to make the case for change, renewal and improvement in the NHS and social care, inspiring and activating people to do something new and different when they return to their organisations or communities.

From ‘Design Together, Live Better’ to ‘hyvr’

We’ll be leading a pop up university session on the first day of Expo exploring the evolution of citizen co-creation in the West of England AHSN, from ‘Design Together, Live Better’, (a project working face-to-face with members of the public with challenging health conditions that led to the development of three healthcare prototypes) to ‘hyvr, a unique digital ideation platform.

In this workshop, chaired by Olivia Butterworth, Head of Public Participation for NHS England, panellists will share lessons learned from two years of citizen co-creation projects, culminating in a demonstration of the new ‘hyvr’ platform. We’ll also explore how future engagement and co-creation activities can be delivered cost-effectively, at scale and in a way that increases accessibility for both citizens and SMEs.

The workshop will be followed by a Q&A session with the panel and attendees will have the opportunity to sign-up to ‘hyvr’ online.

5-5.45pm, Monday 11 September – PUU7 Book here.

Test Beds – one year on

A year into the NHS England Test Beds programme, all seven initiatives from around the country, including the Diabetes Digital Coach led by the West of England AHSN, will be providing updates at Expo. Come and talk to the teams on the stand during the course of the two days, or book a place at one of the plenary or pop up university sessions:

Test Beds – testing combinatorial innovation in the real-world – what does it mean?

Hear about the Test Beds programme and watch a short video that captures the experiences of patients, carers, and healthcare professionals involved. Hear from clinical leads and trial participants on the day-to-day impact of being involved in a Test Bed, while innovators reflect on how the programme is leading the way in testing innovation in real-world settings through positive collaborations across the NHS and industry.

10-11.30am, Monday 11 September – Theatre 4 Book here.

Digital innovations for the management of long term conditions

Join project lead for the Diabetes Digital Coach, Elizabeth Dymond, and Public Contributor, Sandra Tweddell on the NHS Digital Stand to hear more about our innovative test bed programme, providing access to digital self-management technologies for people with both type one and two diabetes – and the potential this offers for supporting people living with a wide range of other long term conditions.

10.15-11.30am, Monday 11 September – NHS Digital stand

Pop up university: Test Beds – collaborating whilst competing

Come to this interactive session for first-hand advice from SMEs on working in partnership within an implementation consortium. Find out how industry partners are working together through Test Beds to offer patients and citizens improved care and improved experience of care. We will be sharing learning about collaboration and competition and answering your questions! Download the flyer here.

1-1.45pm, Monday 11 September – PUU8 Book here.


Other highlights from the AHSN Network include:

Innovator Zone

Featuring more than 30 companies from across the country, we’ll be showcasing a wide range of the latest healthcare innovations and technologies that have been developed with support from AHSNs, SBRI Healthcare, the NHS Innovation Accelerator and DigitalHealth.London.

Plenary sessions

We are leading two main stage sessions both in the afternoon of day one, Monday 11 September:

  • Innovation: the roadmap to adoption led by the AHSN Network
    Innovate stage, 15.00 – 16.00 Book here.
  • Meet the innovators: The NIA Fellows and the Clinical Entrepreneurs led by the AHSN Network and the Innovation Team, NHS England
    Innovate stage, 17.00  – 18.00 Book here.

Pop Up Universities

The AHSN Network is leading a number of pop up university sessions during the two days, focusing on a diverse range of topics from how we’re improving atrial fibrillation outcomes and supporting healthcare innovators, to realising the benefits of international partnerships.

You can see a full schedule on the Expo website and do make sure you book your sessions soon as they’re filling up quickly – have a look here.

Atlas case studies

Learn about how and where the 15 AHSNs are spreading and supporting the adoption of high impact innovation across the health and care system through our Atlas case studies on our giant iTab touchscreen.

Chill and charge

Recharge your batteries (both your devices and your own!) in our Chill and Charge area. Our popular cycling barista will be back to supply you with the best coffee at Expo.

Book your place

We look forward to connecting with you at Expo in September. If you haven’t already, you can book your Expo place here. And why not download the new and improved Expo app – step by step details here.

Posted on September 4, 2017

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