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Media Monitoring: 12 – 18 August

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Scaling innovation within healthcare systems: practical considerations

  • This guide comes in response to member feedback on challenges to innovation in the NHS. It provides practical pointers for innovators and system decision-makers on how to successfully adopt and scale proven innovations. The guide has been endorsed by the AHSN Network.
  • This guide is based on extensive research and interviews with NHS Confederation members. It identifies learning from case studies that have successfully adopted and scaled innovation.
  • Each section highlights key issues to consider when adopting or scaling a proven innovation, to help ensure success.


£13 million for 22 AI for health research projects

  • This week the Secretary of State for Science and Technology, Michelle Donelan, announced 22 projects that will explore how to develop and use AI in health.
  • The announcement comes on the same day that the government appointed two leading experts to spearhead preparations for the UK to host the first major international summit on the safe use of AI.


Experts to lead AI Safety Summit preparations as new funding announced to modernise healthcare

  • Two leading experts appointed to spearhead preparations for UK to host AI Safety Summit as £13 million unveiled to revolutionise healthcare research.
  • Matt Clifford, CEO of Entrepreneur First and Chair of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency, and Jonathan Black, Heywood Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and former UK G7 and G20 Sherpa and Deputy National Security Adviser, will be charged with rallying leading AI nations, companies and experts, ahead of the event in the UK this autumn.


NHS delivers another record year of lifesaving cancer checks for patients

  • The number of people receiving lifesaving checks for cancer in the last year has hit nearly three million (2.92m) – more than any other year on record.
  • In June alone, over a quarter of a million people (261,000) were seen for urgent cancer checks by the NHS, which is well over double the number of people checked in the same month a decade ago (101,592).
  • Recent data shows that in the year 2022-2023, a higher proportion of cancers than ever before were diagnosed at an early stage, before they’d spread – 58% of cancers were diagnosed at stage one or two (over 110,000 patients) compared with around 56% prior to the pandemic.


Ministers claim these centres are cutting NHS waits. They’re not even open

  • Dozens of the government’s flagship community diagnostic centres said to be reducing record NHS waits are not even open yet, openDemocracy can reveal.
  • The investigation has found some of the health centres, known as CDCs, are years away from opening. They could only find evidence of 73 centres that are up and running – and some of those are in mobile units.
  • And one CDC in Slough is not due to open until 2025, NHS Frimley Health Trust confirmed. Despite this, it still appears on the government’s list of operational centres.


TÜV SÜD designated UK Approved Body for medical devices

  • TÜV SÜD has secured designation as a UK Approved Body (UKAB) for medical devices, providing UKCA and CE certification for medical device manufacturers.
  • This makes it the first UKAB to achieve such a wide designation scope for general medical devices after undergoing the full initial designation application process.
  • Their accreditation means that medical device manufacturers can gain UKCA and CE certification simultaneously.


Ben Kemp