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Opchat Magazine General NewsGeneral News, January to March 2021




ESSILOR opens a Best Practice Virtual Showroom
British public urged to play their part in historic vaccine roll out
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Report on “Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living”
Further New Year's Reflections
New Year’s Honours for those in Optics
Will the end of the pandemic bring forth a new start for Optics UK?
Pharmacists snubbed by Government Leaders over Covid Jabs
Primary eye care during the lockdown
COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers
VCHP Filmed for GSK Impact Award
Entries now open for West Midlands healthcare awards
Read Archived General News from October to December 2020


ESSILOR opens a Best Practice Virtual Showroom

January 2021

Essilor Ltd unveils its first virtual showroom and welcomes ECPs to take an interactive guided tour of its flagship store.

The “Essilor Virtual Centre” presents a first-class optical practice, driven by innovation and differentiation to provide a complete in-store experience.

It demonstrates ways ECP’s can future proof with new technologies that support social distancing to help build consumer confidence at a time when many patients are reluctant to book an optical appointment.

Tim Precious, managing director at Essilor Ltd said: “The virtual centre brings to life what we offer to help ECPs provide the finest consumer experience and safest visual offering possible.

“Worryingly, a recent YouGov survey by charity Fight for Sight revealed that one in five people were less likely to get an eye test now than before the pandemic, for fear of catching or spreading the virus.

“It is evident that the pandemic is having an enormous impact on the profession and growth is likely to remain unpredictable until consumer confidence stabilises. The independent sector needs future proofing and there has never been a better time for business owners to take a leap of faith.

“There are many ways we can work together to build this confidence and the virtual show room provides ways to embrace change by offering socially distanced eye examinations and screenings to reassure patients when anxiety levels are at an all-time high.

“So, whether you are an established partner looking for the latest product updates or wish to work more closely with us, the tour lets you explore what’s on offer and how we can help be your best business partner.”

Visitors can discover and engage with Essilor’s portfolio of products and services to find out more about the instruments, lenses, and services showcased inside.

During the tour, ECPs find out more about marketing tools available to attract customers in-store and engage with them once inside.

The latest instruments for an eye exam room and an in-store lens lab are showcased in its ‘screen and prescribe’ section, in addition to advanced digital tools to achieve precise patient measurements.

Digital selling solutions to facilitate lens recommendations to customers also feature and exclusive lens brands to correct vision, protect the eyes and enhance the clarity of vison are explored.

Visit http://essilorvirtualexperience.com and select Essilor UK & Ireland from the drop-down list.

British public urged to play their part in historic vaccine roll out

January 2021

The public has a vital part to play in the rollout of the UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan.

NHS urges Public to join the national effort by helping family and friends aged 80 and over to get their life-saving jabs


Government calls on the public to commit to 3 pledges to support the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines

Around 45% of people aged 80 and over have now been vaccinated and over one million have been offered a jab at an NHS vaccination centre

The NHS has vaccinated around 45% of those aged 80 and over in England and is encouraging people who have been offered a vaccine to book their appointments as soon as possible. Over one million people aged 80 and over have now been invited to book their jab at one of England’s NHS vaccination centres.

Helping vulnerable people to get their vaccinations is one of three pledges the government has asked the public to make to support the largest vaccination programme in British history.

The 3 pledges are:

Help out - help those aged 80 and over by supporting friends, family and loved ones with their appointments, as well as volunteering to help those in the community

Join up - sign up to clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments

Stay informed - keep up to date with accurate and trusted NHS advice and make sure to share facts with friends and family

By taking part in one or more of these pledges, members of the public can join the national effort and support the NHS as the vaccination programme continues to expand.

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Report on “Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living”

January 2021

Responding to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on Healthy Ageing report published today, David Sinclair, Director of the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC), said:

“It feels like groundhog day with yet another Parliamentary report highlighting our failure to respond to ageing.”

“It has been clear for decades that the UK is failing to meet the challenges of ageing whilst also missing out on the opportunities of an older population.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way. As the Lords report highlights, the UK could lead the way. We are global leaders in health and technology. Government must drive and better support innovations if we are to deliver a longevity dividend.”

“COVID-19 has highlighted the inequalities in ageing. Too many of us are ageing badly.”

“The Government’s aim to deliver five extra healthy years of life by 2035 is laudable and exciting but completely unachievable without major policy change. We need a major focus on preventative health not just nice policy words.”

“It’s time to wake up to ageing. Let’s hope when we wake up it isn’t to 6 more weeks of winter but instead to a concerted effort from Government to address the challenges raised by the committee.”

Further New Year's Reflections

January 2021

Mike Ockendon the AIO secretary has added his organisation’s consideration of the prospects of change for Optics UK after the passing of the pandemic.

Answering Opchat News’s request for a viewpoint on whether the pandemic has created a turning point in the way Optical Services are provided to and used by the public whilst he offers a rosy possibility to establish clear water between the role of clinician and retailer.

He takes a more cynical view that there will be no change and states that “There are also signs that those who centre their practices around retailing are not prepared to put their weight behind progressing the role of optometry.”

Read more in our original news piece here.

(The GOC, AOP and FODO have not as yet offered a view)

New Year’s Honours for those in Optics

January 2021

Sarah Joyce, Superintendent Optometrist at ASDA, also received a BEM services to Primary Optical Care during the Covid-19 response. Sarah said she was honoured and thanked all her colleagues for their support.

Optometrist Ruth Perrott also received an MBE for her services to people with sight impairments in Africa.

Tanjit Dosanjh, Founder and CEO, The Prison Opticians Trust

Optometrist Tanjit Dosanjh, Founder and CEO, The Prison Opticians Trust, (iamge left) has received an OBE in this New Year’s Honours.

The honour recognises his services to optometry in prisons and reducing re-offending with the organisation he founded and leads.

The Prison Opticians Trust provides eye care to more than 14,000 prisoners a year and offers training opportunities to reduce re-offending.

Read the story about the Prison Opticians Trust here

Will the end of the pandemic bring forth a new start for Optics UK?

January 2021

Could the double whammy of disruption of supply and service of both Covid-19 and Brexit spell disaster to some in the vision care sector or act as a stimulus to recovery and doing things better and differently in the “New Normal”

We asked key opinion formers, heads of the membership groups you contribute to, heads of the Colleges and regulatory bodies and respected members of the sector.

Overview

Bob Hutchi8nson Immediate Past President of GP with Primary Care section at the RSM and PHN CEOWe know there are desperate times ahead and we are currently experiencing the worst of the pandemic over the next 2 to 3 months but let us hope that the vaccine remains effective and is rolled out with the same efficiency that it was designed, checked and verified in its creation.

The NHS has never been known for its ability to change speed or course despite the pressures around us, but we have had fair warning of the needs of the Nation for efficient expedition of the vaccine.

Primary care needs to prove it plays a vital role in supporting secondary care and gain some brownie points. In past years there has been a dramatic increase in secondary care medical staff but not in Primary Care where GP numbers remain stubbornly static.

However, being optimistic what our sector needs to reflect on is, how best we can improve the service to the public post pandemic.

Has the pandemic taught us any lessons? Has our changed working patterns adjusted the way we work with other professions and secondary care? Is it time to remove professional boundaries? Often instigated by regulatory bodies as part of their required remit and often supported by factions of the professions who see ringfencing of competencies a safe way to retain jobs and members.

Most pandemics and wars create an opportunity for change to happen. What will Optics UK and other professional bodies consider to be a significant step forward for 2021.

Bob Hutchinson PHN CEO

We asked those charged with leading those groups for a preview of things to come.

From Mike Ockendon AIO

2021 – a seized or a missed opportunity?

Mike Ockendon Sec AIO
The Covid pandemic represents a possible bifurcation point for optometry.

For the first time in living memory, the profession has had the opportunity to claim widespread recognition as a provider of primary eye health care. The confluence of clinical care and retailing in the world of optics has perhaps never come under greater focus.

AIO believes that there is a once in a generation opportunity to establish clear water between the role of clinician and retailer and it is up to the profession of optometry and the bodies that represent the profession to seize it.

The Post-Covid-19 AIO Manifesto sets out how the Association believes this can be achieved.

The potential to progress optometry to the next level as the permanent provider of primary eye health care has never been greater with the NHS system under massive pressure. That pressure is likely to sustain for many months, even years, to come.

During the pandemic It has become recognised that optometry can deal effectively with a multitude of eye conditions, and a ‘new normal’ needs to be established, properly remunerated by the NHS, whereby eye problems are automatically referred to an optometrist first. The role of dispensing optician can and should be enhanced as part of this journey 

Will it happen?

The omens are not good.

The GOC seems intent on ‘dumbing down’ the roles of optical professionals through the Education Strategic Review.

The Review seems to advocate disproportionately weighting non-clinical skills without overtly specifying what clinical skills an Optometrist should have, and now more than ever the profession needs clear and decisive clinical guidance.

Further, the early signs of the potential for a new deal with NHS England do not seem to have come to anything – at least it has all gone rather quiet.

There are also signs that those who centre their practices around retailing are not prepared to put their weight behind progressing the role of optometry.

In short, the commercial pressures for the status quo appear to once again dominate the agenda.

So what’s it to be – ‘plus ca change’ or ‘carpe diem’?

AIO would love it to be the latter but fears it will be former.

Mike


From Sir Tony Garrett, General Secretary, ABDO.

2021 and beyond.

Sir Tony Garrett

Everyone hopes that 2021 will be a lot better than 2020 but it is still going to be a tough year. It is too early to assess the long term impact of Covid-19
on the sector but clearly there will be the chance to capitalise on the great professionalism and resourcefulness shown by so many in the profession
over the past few months.



During 2021 ABDO will be developing our new five year strategic plan to come into effect from January 2022. One of our key objectives will be to seek
to extend our scope of practice and to be in a position to exploit the rapid changes that will come over the next few years. The sector needs to help
shape the regulatory environment of the future. A serious discussion needs to be had at some stage with all stakeholders about the need for a sector
specific regulator or being part of an overarching and perhaps more objective one.

Recovery from the pandemic will be the top priority for everyone for most of 2021, wider changes in the sector will almost certainly be on hold until
2022 at the earliest.

Tony

From Huntly Taylor, Master, Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers:

Master Huntley Taylor
For almost 400 years members of our Company have played an important role in their communities...perhaps never more so in 2020.

Eye health professionals across the field have come through the challenges of the last year with greater experience and new ways of working but still grounded on a strong and continuing concern for the preservation and improvement of vision.

There are many examples of people who have gone beyond their usual roles to push forward on technology and research, as well as the many local heroes who have looked after neighbours and vulnerable people.

We should be grateful to everyone who has worked so hard.

We all know how important it is for patients with sudden or serious vision problems to be seen without unnecessarily delay and how important it is for people with impaired vision to be able to live their lives.

However Covid has caused immense pressures right across the vision care and sight loss sectors. The pandemic has brought into focus the need for support systems we all call upon from time to time but didn't think much about before healthcare is required. Days out enjoying sport or culture and just plain, simple human contact with friends.

Let's hope that in 2021 and into the future we will make time to treasure those things.

I can't wait to welcome Liverymen back to events at Apothecaries' Hall and to show the world how proud we are to be 'People of Vision'.

Huntly

From Stuart Burn Chairman FMO

Stuart Burn FMO
There’s no question we have been and still are facing one of the most challenging periods in our lifetimes and of course not just in our professional lives.
COVID-19 has ravaged the entire world throughout 2020 and at the time of writing, it looks likely to continue throughout most, if not all, 2021.

However, I believe the optical sector particularly at practice level has risen to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and demonstrated an immense ability to quickly adapt and in so doing has also demonstrated both resilience and fortitude.

Another by-product of this adaptability is the team work and comradery that has been seen in abundance from small teams up and down the country. Practices have been faced with extraordinary tests during 2020 and the willingness of staff to adjust and modify their working hours and working practices in order to help patients has been one of the highlights for me.

I have also been impressed with the practice owners who are the ones who have led this battle (and it has been a battle) with their drive, tenacity and enthusiasm to rework, revise and recalculate how their practice can, not only, endure but deliver excellence in eyecare. It is their focus on their patients’ needs that has driven a remarkable team performance from practice to practice across the UK and Ireland. I am sure in many cases it has come with an increase in alcohol intake but make no mistake practice owners have risen to this challenge and shown a remarkable set of skills in order to ensure patients are cared for and looked after.

We spend much of our time critiquing and looking to improve and once and a while it does us all good to take stock of position and congratulate ourselves on a job well done, and in this case under the most intense of pressures.

So whilst there has been a lot to learn from this pandemic and I’m quite sure more to come over the coming months, I think now is the time to reflect and give ourselves a rejuvenational ‘shot in the arm’ mentally. We are not out of the woods quite yet but lets face the forthcoming challenges head on with the same spirit, passion and gusto as we have all demonstrated so abundantly.

2021………….bring it on.

Stuart Burn - Chairman
Federation of Manufacturing Opticians

ACLM View for 2021 Sec. Gen Simon Rodwell

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With 2020 and the Brexit transition behind us, it is essential that the sector makes the most of the huge opportunity for change created by the turmoil.

Underfunding will likely continue for many years and so we need to look radically for new ways of working and not just focus on rebuilding the old structures.

Patients have become very accustomed to online supply, and there is no prospect of reversing that trend, and so the high street needs to expand its own online sales channels across the board, as well as increase the number of sight tests and revive initial contact lens fitting. Having been starved of personal contact for too long, patients may well be more open to visiting a practice – but likely with pre-conditions: it has to be safe, it has to be a positive experience, it has to be easy, quick and efficient, without pressure, at a good price, with plenty of choice, and with an eye care professional who communicates well and fulfils any unmet needs. It is a big challenge.

Pretty much all the reasons why people continue to visit, or not, their optician have been explored and written about in detail over the years, but the percentage of contact lens drop-outs remains unacceptably high.

This is a wasted opportunity because it shows that there is ongoing consumer interest in contact lenses, but we all know it is not being maintained.


Nothing is better for growing customer loyalty overall than keeping patients for the whole contact lens prescribing and wearing cycle, as proven by the London Business School study, and manufacturers are always keen to help achieve this.

For too long the sector has underestimated the internet and its effect, but the reality has been brought home by the pandemic. Moves to relax the supply rules are just playing into its unregulated hands and the petty divisions within the sector are accelerating that trend. Online technology presents an imminent danger to the high street as clearly highlighted in the excellent and widely distributed Foresight

Report of 2016 (https://www.abdo.org.uk/news/foresight-project-report/).

In the 4 years since its publication have we honestly done all we can to prepare for the future?

At a time when our high streets and network of hard working practitioners have never been more at risk due to COVID-19 and the growth of online supply, and in line with the aspirations of a new and independent UK, we need to cut away bureaucracy, endless documentation and non-essential regulations with vigour. With a new Medicines and Medical Devices Act in the making we should also seize the long-overdue opportunity to update the Opticians’ Act and reinforce patient safety.

It hasn’t always been easy to identify the real common strategic issues and present a sector wide position and response but surely the current threat of deregulation and illegal online supply is plain for all to see. It is our belief that the Optical Confederation should be revived so that the sector actually can have a clear strategic position on key issues. Unless we rebuild it, and collaborate wholeheartedly to give it the support it deserves, the sector risks being swept away by the bigger market forces outside optics.

Simon

Reflections form Henrietta Alderman CE of AOP

Henrietta Alderman Chief Executive of AOP
As we begin 2021 with another national lockdown and news of the UK vaccination programme, many of us will be feeling a mix of uncertainty and some cautious optimism about what the year ahead will bring.

It is clear there are still huge challenges to face, but I am reassured by the resilience and resourcefulness the optical sector has demonstrated so far in response to this pandemic. These qualities will continue to serve the profession well, as we tackle the challenges and take advantage of new opportunities ahead.

The optical profession

The COVID-19 pandemic has already highlighted to the Government and the NHS the valuable contribution our members make to the frontline of patient care and the importance and scope of their clinical roles. The sector has developed new ways of working such as the COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Services (CUES), and we will continue to take an active role in ensuring the whole profession learns from new developments across the UK.

The pandemic has not only had a significant impact on our members and the wider optical profession, but also on the nation’s eye health with some patients suffering avoidable sight loss due to cancelled and missed appointments. The long-term impact of this is still to be seen but it has never been more important for optometrists to be at the centre of eye health and care at every stage in a patient’s life, from disease detection to supporting patients in the longer term after a diagnosis, whether through treatment, monitoring or expert prescribing and support for low vision.

Individual members

As for our individual members, everyone is in a slightly different situation, both in terms of their working environment and their own clinical vulnerability to the virus, and our team has been assisting members throughout the pandemic with their concerns and queries.

I wish to reassure members that the AOP is also working hard behind the scenes to find a way through these challenging times, with our current focus on ensuring the necessary financial support for practices and access to the COVID-19 vaccine for all in optics who need it. The situation is changing rapidly, and we will continue to update our guidance on the coronavirus section of our website.

Throughout 2021, the AOP will continue to do everything we can to provide the support, protection and representation members expect from us including:

• Collaborating with other sector bodies on key issues remains a key focus and we will continue to work closely with others so that the needs of our members and their patients are reflected in regulatory and policy development

• Supporting members CET and professional development needs, we will deliver a new programme of webinars, including tailored content for locums, students and independent practitioners, and online peer discussions for general and therapeutic optometrists

• Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our members through a series of webinars offering practical support, alongside our confidential and free Peer Support Line

• Delivering the best possible, timely and practical advice and guidance through our expert legal, clinical and regulatory teams
From all of us at the AOP, I wish all those within the optical sector a healthy and prosperous 2021.

Henrietta Alderman

Pharmacists snubbed by Government Leaders over Covid Jabs

January 2021

As reported in the Daily Telegraph today (06.01.21) Pharmacists in the UK do not understand why their ready and waiting resource has not been included in the vaccination plans despite the “scrabbling around by Government for vaccinators among retired medics”. A statement made by Simon Dukes CEO of the Pharmaceutical Negotiating Services Committee.

The sector reckons it could easily vaccinate 1.3 million people a week in addition to the current program using its workforce of 11400 pharmacists.

It certainly seems a baffling approach to using our primary care resources.

In November reported in Pulse “GPs will ‘likely’ want to work with community pharmacies to ‘support delivery’ of the Covid vaccination enhanced service, NHS England has said.
Community pharmacies may also be called upon to ‘fill gaps’ in GP provision, it added.

So why have they not been included in pre-planning and offered the contract. We thought it might be a turf war between professions but with CCGs directing the local centres we hope this to be untrue.

PHN asks the NHS to reconsider what appears to be an insupportable action.

Overall all Primary Care providers need all the stimulation, care and support to be handed down visibly by NHS England, something that appears visibly lacking at present.

Primary eye care during the lockdown

January 2021

Opticians remain open across the UK to meet eye care needs but must prioritise emergency and essential care. .

In England and Scotland, the College of Optometrists has advised the sector to continue following amber guidance and prioritising emergency and essential eye care.

The College plans to issue more detailed guidance later today.

The Scottish Directorate of Primary Care for Dentistry and Optometry Division, said: "The Scottish government will shortly be issuing a PCA providing further information for the optometry sector. In the meantime, all optometry practices are reminded that they must remain open, continue to scrupulously follow all relevant Infection Prevention and Control measures and guidance, and continue to prioritise emergency and essential care and those patients who are at greatest risk of detriment to sight or wellbeing."

The situation is unlikely to change for the next 2 months but we will bring you updates from the College and ABDO on trading and on the future loss of education for students.

Extremely clinically vulnerable (shielding) people

In England, the government is advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again. They should only go out for medical appointments and exercise or if it is essential. If they cannot work from home, then they should not attend work (read more).

In Scotland, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has written to everyone on the shielding list with detailed advice.

People on the list should "stay home as much as possible" although they "can still go out for exercise and essential shopping or medicines". However, they are advised to "strictly follow the guidelines when shopping and limit the number of times you go to a shop. Shop at quieter times".

If they cannot work from home, the advice is "not to go to work". They can use the CMO letter as "shielding notification" and show it to their employer as "a fit note for as long as lockdown restrictions are in place".

We will publish further details as they arrive and you can view the ever increasing infection rates on our Covid Hub at PHN here

COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers

January 2021

On January 4th 2021 at 20.00 hours A joint statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 5. This prompted the Prime Minister to broadcast to the nation.

The CMOs stated that following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England Medical Director recommend that the UK alert level should move from level 4 to level 5.

Many parts of the health systems in the 4 nations are already under immense pressure. There are currently very high rates of community transmission, with substantial numbers of COVID patients in hospitals and in intensive care.

Cases are rising almost everywhere, in much of the country driven by the new more transmissible variant. We are not confident that the NHS can handle a further sustained rise in cases and without further action there is a material risk of the NHS in several areas being overwhelmed over the next 21 days.

Although the NHS is under immense pressure, significant changes have been made so people can still receive lifesaving treatment. It is absolutely critical that people still come forward for emergency care. If you require non-urgent medical attention, please contact your GP or call NHS 111.

With lockdowns already in place in Northern Ireland and Wales, England and Scotland announced new Covid-19 restrictions.

In England, restrictions come into effect today, 5 January, and are expected to last until mid-February if hospitals' situation improves. The goal is to have vaccinated everyone in the top four priority groups, including all frontline healthcare staff, by that point.

During this period, people cannot leave or be outside their home except where they have a 'reasonable excuse', which includes:
• Work – where you cannot do your job from home
• Essential activities – to buy things at shops or obtain services, which includes on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating
• Medical reasons – such as medical appointments and emergencies, Covid-19 testing and vaccination etc.

VCHP Filmed for GSK Impact Award

January 2021

GSK Winners award

Vision Care for Homeless People, was chosen from more than 400 UK charities as one of ten winners of a £30,000 GSK IMPACT Award and is featured in a new film about its work.

Recognising the outstanding work to improve health and wellbeing, the award was made after careful scrutiny of VCHP by GSK and the Kings You can view the video here https://youtu.be/Z7NVJytP4jY

The funds will be a major boost to secure the future of the eight regional clinics, as VCHP Chair, Elaine Styles, explained “Highlighting the dedication of more than 109 volunteers who work so hard to break down barriers to accessible eyecare, this could not be more timely as so many of our fundraising events have been cancelled in recent months. Our research shows that homeless people are ten times more likely to have longstanding eye health problems than the general population. We normally see around 1,800 patients a year and dispense a similar number of specs. Last year was clearly not normal but we hope to be back on track very soon in 2021.”

Anyone interested in supporting VCHP should visit www.visioncarecharity.org

Entries now open for West Midlands healthcare awards

December 2020

Today (14 December 2020) West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) is proud to announce the return of its prestigious Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards, with entries now open.

Since its launch in 2015, the awards programme has been celebrating the individuals and organisations that are revolutionising healthcare in the West Midlands with new ideas, technologies, and initiatives.

This year’s awards will shine a particular light on those that have continued to encourage positive change to patient care and the region’s healthcare economy, in spite of the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fifth rendition of the awards will be making a virtual return with an online ceremony taking place on Tuesday, 30 March 2021.

Any organisation or individual from across the healthcare, enterprise, academia, or not-for-profit sectors can enter, but they must have worked on a project with WMAHSN, or one of its expert networks, to qualify.

This year’s categories include:

• Meridian Innovation and Improvement Champion Award
• Workforce Innovation Award
• MidTECH Award for Best NHS-Developed Innovation
• Mental Health Resilience Innovation Award
• Medicines Optimisation and Management Innovation Award
• Driving Digital Transformation Innovation Award
• Patient Safety and Improvement Award
• Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management Innovation Award
• ‘Above and Beyond’ Adoption of Innovation Award
• Meridian Award

Entries can be submitted via the Meridian Innovation Exchange website https://meridian.wmahsn.org.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, 5 February, 2021 at 5pm

The shortlist for each award category will be announced a week later on Friday, 12 February, 2021.

Tammy Holmes, Head of Innovation Exchange at WMAHSN said: “We are excited to once again recognise and celebrate some of the incredible work taking place within the West Midlands’ vibrant healthcare sector.

“For anyone working in the healthcare industry especially, 2020 has been year to remember. We have continued to see the region’s healthcare industry improve, thanks to the passion and dedication shown from the many individuals and organisations we work with.

“We look forward to once again celebrating the successes of those seeking to address challenges and offer tangible solutions to make our industry better and improve patient care.”

Meridian Innovation Exchange is open for any individuals or organisations to find healthcare innovations, share ideas, build groups and grow networks to collaborate and improve healthcare provision across the West Midlands.

The platform helps users showcase their ideas, spread good practice, share ideas and bring about change with collaborators from across sectors.

 

 
 
 
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