Surrey Heartlands Academy – in partnership with Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) – continues to use innovation to spearhead our approach to improving health outcomes for the population we serve.

We are now half way through the 2019-20 Innovation Technology Programme (ITP) year, and have seen good uptake of all ITP innovations across Surrey Heartlands.  Surrey was an early adopter of S12, a workforce management tool that supports Advanced Mental Health Practitioners to co-ordinate assessments under the Mental Health Act for people presenting in a mental health crisis. As a result of its successful trial in Surrey, S12 will now be rolled out across the Integrated Care Partnership, improving co-ordination and time to assessment, and enabling people to receive the care they need more quickly and in an appropriate environment.

KSS AHSN were delighted to work with the Surrey Local Maternity System in developing a system-wide application for Wave 2 of the Accelerated Access Collaborative Pathway Transformation Funding. We keep our fingers crossed regarding whether funding will be granted, however either way it is a great example of collaboration across a system to adopt a new innovation which will positively impact women and babies.  Many congratulations to the maternity and pathology teams for working on the application.

We’re pleased to begin mobilisation work to establish a new Innovation Lab at Surrey University Research Park, using the £1.7m Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership capital investment funding which was recently agreed.  Led by Surrey & Borders Partnership, the consortium partners (including the Academy, KSS AHSN, Local Enterprise Partnership and Surrey University team) are excited to be kicking off the work to see this project from concept to reality. We’ll update you over the coming months as this progresses.