In the first week of the crisis, Eastern AHSN contributed to the national AHSN Network collation of more than 200 proven innovations in diagnostic testing and remote consultation and monitoring. These had the potential to support the health and care service to change the way in which it delivered care in the context of a rapidly spreading new infectious disease.
We supported TechForce19, a call out – led by NHSX – for digital innovations to assist the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during lockdown. We helped the national team to evaluate more than 1,600 submissions, leading to 18 innovators receiving up to £25,000 each to rapidly develop their ideas with the support of the AHSN Network.
As lockdown came into force, it became essential to support primary care and outpatients services to adopt a telephone and online model. To enable this, Eastern AHSN:
As well as supporting the system and industry in procuring and delivering personal protective equipment (PPE), we have been supporting the frontline response by:
The AHSN Network has partnered with the NHS Confederation and the Health Foundation on the NHS Reset campaign, ensuring we retain and embed those sustainable positive changes made during the pandemic.
The East of England regional innovation and transformation event showcased some of the most effective COVID-19 innovations from the region.
Tara Marshall, Clinical Lead for Deterioration, reflects on her return to ICU during coronavirus.
Tania Holland, Quality Improvement Project Manager, reflects on how the NHS coronavirus response echoes many components of the military mentality.
You can find the patient safety toolkits and information in our resources for healthcare providers section.
Following a grant from Innovate UK, Eastern AHSN is facilitating the roll out of remote monitoring across selected care homes across the East of England.
For more information on the national response to COVID-19, visit the AHSN Network website.