Blogs

Please find below a range of blogs on healthcare innovation.

Complexity theory and building a network

25th March 2023

Trauma Informed Care expert Angela Kennedy who is TICA lead here at the AHSN NENC shares her thoughts on complexity theory and building a network this week on the blog. When we work towards changing culture and practice, those of…

Design thinking in Healthcare – Top Tips and Learnings

3rd March 2023

In her last blog, Digital Transformation Programme Manager, Sarah Rendall, introduced our new Design Sprints in Healthcare project, and how its working in practice to support NHS teams to create solutions to current challenges and redesign existing processes. In this…

Design Sprints in Healthcare – how design thinking can help our NHS

24th February 2023

At the AHSN NENC, we often hear about problems and unmet needs in the healthcare system. In an NHS stretched for resource, healthcare teams tell us that there isn’t always time to take a step back to assess how and…

February is #HeartMonth – do you know your risk of FH?

22nd February 2023

As February is Heart Month, our Medical Director, Professor Julia Newton, is raising awareness of how we can keep our hearts healthy and explains the importance of testing for the genetic condition Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH). People with FH are at…

Digital regulation – what does it mean for primary care? Find out at our webinar next month

17th February 2023

Regulation can be a complex topic to navigate, but it’s important that digital health technology meets NHS requirements for clinical safety, data protection, accessibility, and much more. In this blog, Rachael Forbister, Digital Transformation Programme Manager at the AHSN NENC,…

Innovation in dentistry – improving patient health and access to services

17th January 2023

Our Digital Pioneers programme was launched earlier this year to drive forward the development and adoption of digital innovation within primary care in the North East and North Cumbria. Any member of the primary care workforce can have an innovative…

Supporting the adoption and scale of digital technology in care homes

21st December 2022

Our Digital Transformation team was formed over a year ago and team members have invested a significant amount of time building relationships with those working in the local healthcare system to really understand their needs. By working closely with our…

Developing a trauma informed community of action

19th December 2022

Introduction to the community This community is an informal and diverse group of clinicians, managers, researchers and people with lived experience of trauma. It exists as a space to share good practice towards addressing trauma in public services more effectively….

End of year reflections and festive greetings

19th December 2022

Nine months in to our Digital Pioneers programme, our Programme Manager, Rachael Forbister reflects on the achievements to date, and discusses an exciting year ahead. The Digital Pioneers programme aims to drive the development of digital within primary care, to…

Seasons Greetings from the AHSN NENC

15th December 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, our Chief Executive, Nicola Hutchinson, sends warm wishes for the festive period from the whole team at the AHSN NENC. This year has felt noticeably different to the last couple of years, as we…

Support through innovation for a workforce under pressure

24th October 2022

The AHSN NENC Digital Pioneers programme launched in April 2022 and since then, Programme Manager Emma Richardson, has been connecting with colleagues across dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and general practice to help develop a culture of innovation. Emma soon found out…

Cardiovascular Disease – reducing the risks

14th October 2022

October is National Cholesterol Month, a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol.  High cholesterol is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and so throughout the month we are shining a spotlight on CVD –…

September at the Innovation Forum

29th September 2022

Welcome to the second blog in an introductory series to the Innovation Forum, written by our Innovation Manager and chair of the Innovation Forum Dr Becky Hanna. After a summer break, we were welcomed to Sunderland by Mark Taylor of…

Thinking outside the box to deliver a more sustainable NHS

20th September 2022

The Greener NHS ambition to be the first Net Zero health service in the world is a fantastic step forward in the fight to tackle the climate crisis. With the national goal to reduce the NHS Carbon Footprint to net…

Empowering the primary care workforce to make a positive impact on their working day and improving patient experience

30th August 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital technology in healthcare, and patients and healthcare professionals needed to quickly adapt to a more digital NHS. We’ve seen huge benefits to services as a result, but it’s well recognised that support…