Our projects

Find out about our current work

We support projects at different stages of the innovation pathway to deliver positive health impact. These are some of the key programmes of work and innovations we are currently supporting. Please get in touch to find out more. We continue to add more projects so do check back regularly.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme (InHIP)

Eastern AHSN is supporting integrated care systems (ICSs) in our region to address health inequalities in line with NHS England’s national Core20PLUS5 programme.

East of England Stroke Forum

The EoE Stroke Forum convenes healthcare professionals from across our region with a specific interest in stroke services.

The System Safety Improvement Programme (SSIP)

The aim of the programme is to create optimal conditions for patient safety improvement to flourish through working closely with integrated care systems (ICSs).

Assessing anticipatory care in SNEE

Eastern AHSN has been commissioned by SNEE ICS to conduct an independent baseline review of current readiness within primary care to deliver anticipatory care by April 2023. It is hoped that this can support more integrated care delivery across the ICS.

Assessing remote monitoring pathways in integrated care systems

This project aims to evaluate how remote monitoring can track a wide range of conditions at home, and who it can help most. Eastern AHSN has partnered with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East of England (NIHR ARC EoE) for the programme, with funding from the NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme (NIPP).

Active+me

Active+ helps increase the confidence of people with long term conditions to monitor and manage their health using wearable technology. Eastern AHSN has supported the roll out of the programme in our region and commissioned an evaluation of the service.

C the Signs – Clinical decision support tool

C the Signs is an integrated (Systm1 or EMIS) clinical decision support tool to aid cancer diagnosis. It uses AI to support GPs with risk-assessing patients by checking combinations of signs, symptoms, and risk factors, and will then suggesting an appropriate diagnostic pathway. The practice dashboard provides support for patient safety-netting.

CamAPS FX

CamAPS FX monitors glucose levels using data provided by a monitor and automatically adjusts the delivery of insulin via a pump, mimicking some of the functions of a healthy pancreas to stabilise glucose levels. It was developed by CamDiab at the University of Cambridge.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention programme

Improving the detection and management of the high-risk conditions atrial fibrillation (AF), high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well as early diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolaemia.

CareMonitR

CareMonitR enables GP Practices to automate their recall and monitoring activity for patients with long term conditions and standardise care for multimorbidity management. Using intelligent algorithms, the software automatically identifies patients requiring recall and highlights tests required prior to the patient’s review. CareMonitR is a product from CareDoctR.

Cytosponge

Cytosponge is a tool to detect Barrett’s Oesophagus — a precursor to oesophageal cancer — which is minimally invasive and can be used in primary care. Using Cytosponge a patient swallows a capsule, about the size of a multi-vitamin pill, which is attached to a cord. When swallowed, the capsule dissolves to release a sponge. The sponge can then be removed by a nurse a few minutes later collecting cells along its passage. These cells are then tested in the laboratory using an accurate method developed by the Fitzgerald Laboratory.

Eastern AHSN is looking at how to support the use of Cytosponge in primary care across the region.

C2-Ai

C2-Ai is an impact enhanced risk analysis tool which aims to help healthcare services manage waiting lists by triaging patients for elective care using key indicators related to efficiency and patient outcomes. This will also be used to develop other AI-based approaches to support the NHS recovery.

DASHclinic

DASHclinic is a clinic queue management tool designed to optimise patient flow in outpatients services. It aims to improve healthcare for both patients and medical staff by reducing unnecessary waiting and creating time to care. DASHclinic also includes notetaking, task requesting, and performing smart clinical coding. Eastern AHSN is funding an evaluation of the tool.

DMS in MH trusts

Eastern AHSN is supporting the rollout of the Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

Electronic Medicines Optimisation Pathway (EMOP)

Electronic Medicines Optimisation Pathway (EMOP) is reducing medication errors when patients are discharged from hospital by providing community pharmacists with updated medication information.
The tool, also referred to as transfers of care around medicines (TCAM), is a national AHSN Network adoption and spread initiative.

Endoscope-i

Endoscope-i enables high definition images of the ear, nose and throat (ENT). The system combines the e-i Pro camera app with a bespoke engineered endoscope-i adaptor which fits securely onto an iPhone. This enables a quick diagnostic process and reduced hospital visits.
Eastern AHSN is exploring the development of Endoscope-I in the region, including introducing it to partner organisations with a view to establishing pilots in the region.

ESCAPE-pain

ESCAPE-pain classes help people with osteoarthritis manage their condition better and have less pain thanks to an innovative six-week physiotherapist led group exercise and education rehabilitation programme.
This is a national AHSN Network adoption and spread initiative.

Focus ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

The Focus ADHD programme aims to transform the diagnosis of ADHD across the region. As part of our Focus ADHD programme we use the QbTest which is an objective assessment tool for the assessment of ADHD.
This is a national AHSN Network adoption and spread initiative.

Frail+LD

Frail+LD is a tool that is being piloted in the East of England to identify frailty risk sooner among people living with learning disabilities.

Gut reaction

Eastern AHSN is a key partner in Gut Reaction, the Health Data Research Hub for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) supported by HDRUK which is led by the NIHR BioResource. The hub will integrate data from multiple sources and create a secure research resource that allows approved researchers to access data, whilst protecting the privacy of individuals.

High-sensitivity troponin testing

Assisting the earlier diagnosis of heart attacks to ensure access to appropriate treatment and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions via a high-sensitivity troponin test that enables healthcare professionals to rule out cardiac arrest within four hours, if the test results are available within three hours of presentation. Â

Healthy.io

Healthy.io utilises testing kits and a smartphone camera to allow people to complete urine tests at home to support the identification of cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Improving diagnosis of eating disorders

Supporting mental health teams to speed up diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in young people using the First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED) service.

This is a national AHSN Network adoption and spread initiative.Â

Improving lives of people with severe asthma

Eastern AHSN is supporting the adoption of biologic treatments to reduce the number and severity of exacerbations, hospitalisations and deaths.
This innovation is being supported as part of the Rapid Uptake Products (RUP) programme.

Just One Norfolk

JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk is a trusted multimedia educational initiative (e-learning / website, community forum, helpline, confidential chat service for children) available 24/7, empowering Norfolk parents to achieve the optimum health and wellbeing of their children (0-19 years).

Liberate Pro

Liberate Pro is an app that empowers patients to better manage their conditions whilst reduce the number of clinical appointments needed. It allows a clinician to record their consultation with their patient and send it to them with the further guidance to support understanding of how to manage their condition better.

Little Journey

Reducing anxiety in children through virtual reality

Measuring fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) concentration in asthma

FeNO testing is a method of diagnosing asthma by measuring fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in the breath of patients suspected of having asthma to improve patient care and outcomes by more effective diagnosis of patients suspected of having asthma. Rollout supported nationally by the AHSN Network as part of the Rapid Uptake Product (RUP) programme.

Medic Bleep

Medic Bleep enables hospital and community staff to communicate and collaborate within and across organisations, sharing vital information about patients accurately and safely whilst also save time.
Eastern AHSN supported the evaluation of both a pilot and wider roll out across West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

MedicSpot

Medicspot enables contact free consultations in GP surgeries pharmacies and care homes. By using remote diagnostic technology, clinicians can take real-time vitals and perform a remote examination to accurately diagnose and manage patients while minimising infection risks.

MediShout

MediShout provides a digital platform to integrate all logistical departments, giving clinicians an app to instantly report any issue and track the progress to resolution, while using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict future problems.

MySpira

MySpira is an app that uses augmented reality and gameplay to help children between the ages of 6–13 years learn about asthma and proper inhaler technique, to reduce the number of children admitted to hospitals for incorrect use of inhalers.

Oncimmune community screening (EarlyCDT Lung)

EarlyCDT Lung is a test for the levels of seven autoantibodies to tumour-associated antigens to help improve the detection of lung cancer.

It was created by Oncimmune and Eastern AHSN is looking at supporting a project in primary care across parts of the region.

Opioid deprescribing toolkit

The Eastern AHSN is working in partnership with the ARC and Norfolk and Waveney CCG to improve the quality of life of people living with chronic pain and reducing the harm caused by opioids and other dependence forming medication.
We are working with senior NHS staff and patients to pilot a toolkit for clinicians to aid the deprescribing of opioids in the region.

PINCER

PINCER is a pharmacist-led IT intervention shown to reduce clinically important errors in general practice prescribing by up to 50%. It uses software to search GP practice computer systems to identify at-risk patients who are being prescribed drugs commonly associated with medication errors so that actions can be taken to reduce the risk.

This is a national AHSN Network adoption and spread initiative.

Placental growth factor (PlGF) based testing

PlGF-based testing can help with clinical risk stratification for women with suspected pre-eclampsia, meaning they can be treated appropriately according to their need, improving both patient experience and outcomes.

The COVID Oximetry at Home Programme (virtual ward)

COVID Oximetry at Home is an enhanced package of care using pulse oximetry to detect early deterioration of individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

The National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NatPatSIPs)

The National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NatPatSIPs) support a culture of safety, continuous learning and sustainable improvement across the healthcare system.

The Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (MH-SIP)

This programme aims to improve the safety by reducing harm caused to people using mental health, learning disabilities and autism inpatient services by 2023.

The MedTech Funding Mandate (MTFM)

The MedTech Funding Mandate (MTFM) is an NHS Long Term Plan commitment to give patients access to selected NICE approved, cost-efficient technologies more quickly. We are working with suppliers to support trusts to implement the selected innovations, understand local and regional issues and share learnings from NHS organisations who have already implemented them.

The Medicines Safety Improvement Programme (MedSIP)

The MedSIP programme aims to address the most important causes of severe harm associated with medicines, most of which have been long term challenges to the health and care system.

The Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (MatNeoSIP)

The programme works with all maternity and neonatal providers in our region on a range of key improvement workstreams, aiming to reduce the rate of stillbirths, neonatal death and brain injuries.

The Managing Deterioration Safety Improvement Programme (ManDetSIP)

The programme aims to reduce deterioration-associated harm by improving the prevention, identification, escalation and response to physical deterioration, through better system co-ordination and as part of safe and reliable pathways of care.

Washseat

The Washseat fits over the top of an existing toilet to provide a raised seat and built in washing facility to enable the user to manage their personal hygiene with dignity.

Worthwhile Waiting

Worthwhile Waiting offers a new care pathway for orthopedics patients (hip / knee) to work with their health coach or social prescriber to identify appropriate physical and mental wellbeing support services during the period they are waiting for surgical procedures. Eastern AHSN is funding an evaluation to understand how the resource affects patient outcomes.

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