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Tue, 26 Jan


Online Event

Healthcare Innovation Readiness Programme

The purpose of the event is to enhance businesses knowledge of the approaches to help articulate the value of a product or service offering, and guide attendees through the process of how to develop their own version, targeted at selling into the healthcare sector.

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Time & Location

26 Jan 2021, 13:00 – 16:00

Online Event

About the event

The launch of the Healthcare Innovation Readiness Programme will take place on Tuesday 26th January 2021.

The  purpose of the event is to enhance businesses  knowledge of the  approaches to help articulate the value of a product or service  offering, and guide attendees through the process of how to develop  their own version, targeted at selling into the healthcare sector.

Target audience:  Businesses from across the North East from a healthcare service  provider background or a supplier of goods background or potentially  both or with aspirations to work within this growing sector.

The  workshop programme will consist of a pre-diagnostics session, two value  proposition workshops and 1-1 support from the AHSN NENC and Supply  Chain NE (of up to 12 hours of support provided).

The workshops  will provide an introduction to the value proposition approach and will  also cover topics on the regulatory approval pathway, supply chain  readiness & innovation processes and access to funding streams and  procurement frameworks in the healthcare sector, followed by a  presentation on understanding the landscape of the NHS, its local  priorities it presents to SMEs and the opportunities.

Our expert speakers on the day will include:

Jim Barr, Business Advisor, Supply Chain North East

Russell Watkins, Commercial Director, AHSN NENC

Stephen Lynn, Business Manager, AHSN NENC

Alan Wenman, Medical Device Management


Healthcare Innovation Readiness Programme- Workshop Programmes

Workshop 1 Programme - 26th January 2021, 1pm - 4.00pm

1. Introduction to Value Proposition Approach

Outline  of the support programme available and an awareness on this approach to  articulate the value of a product or service offering, and guide  attendees through how to develop their own version, in relation to  selling into the Healthcare Sector.

2. Understanding of the NHS landscape

How  to navigate and take advantage of the opportunities, and the routes to  market for Innovative business solutions aimed at the Healthcare Sector.

3. Supply Chain Readiness and Innovation Processes

Provide  an understanding of how to establish and maintain an effective and  reliable Supply Chain, for materials, components, and services for your  products.

4. Next steps and way forward

Offer of optional 1-1 support available to SMEs.

Workshop 2 Programme - 16th February 2021, 1pm - 4.00pm

1. Regulatory Approval Pathway

Understanding  the routes and requirements, for innovators and businesses looking to  launch new products into the Healthcare sector .

2. Procurement Frameworks

Outline  of NHS procurement frameworks and Dynamic Procurement System and how  they are different between social care and health care.

3. Funding and Support in Healthcare Sector

Access to the various funding streams and support available.


Businesses who are located within

  • County Durham
  • Sunderland
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle
  • South Tyneside
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland

Please note:

This event is in collaboration with Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria,  your details will be stored securely and retained in compliance with  The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Registration  data will be shared with our event partners Academic Health Science  Network North East and North Cumbria for the sole purpose of this event.  Our privacy policy can be accessed here 

Supply  Chain North East brings together four key partners to work with over  800 businesses through to 2021, supporting them to identify  opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North  East Strategic Economic Plan, that has a vision to create 100,000 more  and better jobs between 2014 and 2024. , Supply Chain North East is  delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East  Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster  (NEPIC).

Supply Chain North East is a multimillion programme aimed  at revolutionising the way SMEs diversify their offering and embrace  new markets. The programme has received more than £3m of funding from  the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the  European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The Academic Health Science Network for North East and North  Cumbria (AHSN NENC) acts as the trusted intermediary between the NHS,  academia and industry and is committed to:

• Supporting Economic Growth

• Improving Population Health

• Transforming Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

• Driving Digital Transformation

The AHSN NENC, is part of a national network of 15 AHSNs and  receives funding from NHS England, NHS Improvement and The Office for  Life Sciences to accelerate the spread and adoption of innovative  devices, services and pathways through dissemination of best practice.

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