Foreword and About Health Innovation Manchester

Impact Report 2020-21

Foreword: From the Chair and Chief Executive

The health and care sector at all levels has this year faced one of its biggest ever challenges in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, spanning from research and science, to care and treatment. It has meant a need to adapt, innovate and work together in new ways. In Greater Manchester we have risen to this challenge and there has been an extraordinary effort across direct care, research, digital innovation and industry partnerships.

As the pandemic progressed in the first few months of 2020 and began to impact our NHS and care services, we needed to rapidly mobilise and play an integral part of the COVID-19 response. Health Innovation Manchester has worked hard to stand up and play its part in this as an integrated academic health science and innovation system, working on behalf of the Greater Manchester city region. Having HInM as a single organisation working across academia, industry engagement and healthcare innovation, aligned to the needs of our region meant GM was ahead of the game when COVID-19 began.

We had been taking an increasing digital focus on our activities prior to COVID-19, and this was massively accelerated through the response, including full deployment of the GM Care Record to inform direct care and COVID-19 research; supporting the deployment of digital primary care solutions; and developing a novel COVID-19 symptom tracker and outbreak management tool for use in care homes.

We were able to make progress in months rather than years, and the reasons for this include acting to a clear set of priorities agreed across the whole system, ownership of the digital agenda at the highest levels of leadership, effective system-wide governance and a small amount of additional resource around the edges.

From a research perspective, within weeks of the pandemic starting GM had linked our research, academic and clinical expertise to create the Research Rapid Response Group to prioritise COVID-19 the research response. This included understanding how the disease spread, how best to treat it and using data science to predict demand, with around 200 research projects being processed and funding leveraged via the UKRI COVID-19 Research Call.

We would like to thank all our partners for their cooperation and collaboration during the pandemic, as well as continuing to share vital learnings and insights in order for us to constantly improve and develop as a system. This was particularly apparent in December as system partners collaborated with HInM for an impact report on Greater Manchester’s collective research and innovation response during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report features examples of new innovations, case studies and interviews with system leaders in GM as they reflected on the pandemic. Read the report

Internally within HInM, COVID-19 has enabled us to use the resources and talents within our staff, including our backgrounds, experiences and different way of viewing problems, to join behind specific priorities. It means the various elements of our work and key capabilities have been aligned to common goals and projects in a way we haven’t done before and it is something we’ll be looking to continue.

We’ve also adapted to new technology and systems within our organisation, recognising the value of remote networking channels and collaboration tools as we work remotely, across teams and organisations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff at HInM for their hard work and dedication for continuing to accelerate innovation and make this a year of success, despite the many challenges we have all faced both professionally and personally.

As we look ahead to 2021-22, we developed a balanced portfolio of innovation projects to meet the priorities and needs of the city region. We are also continuing to enhance our internal operating model to ensure that we are as effective and efficient as possible to maximise the benefits delivered for our stakeholders.

Partnership working, setting clear goals and aligning work to the priorities of the system are not new ideas, but the value they provide within innovation has never been felt more acutely as it has during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rowena Burns, Chair, Health Innovation Manchester
Professor Ben Bridgewater, Chief Executive Officer, Health Innovation Manchester

About Health Innovation Manchester

  • Formed in 2017
  • Home to 4 Universities
  • One of 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN)
  • One of 8 academic health science centres (AHSC), designated until 2025
  • Only joined-up innovation system featuring AHSC, AHSN and ARC
  • More than 100 partner organisations
  • £6.6 billion devolved Greater Manchester health and social care budget since 2016. The NHS and councils are untied to help people start well, live well and age well.

5 Business Aims

  1. Ensure a constant innovation pipeline into health and social care.
  2. Prioritise and monitor innovations that meet the needs of Greater Manchester.
  3. Accelerate delivery of innovation into health, care and wellness.
  4. Amplify existing academic and industry value propositions.
  5. Influence national and international policy.

Diverse Innovation Portfolio

  • 23 major GM innovation programmes
  • 6 national innovation programmes

5 HInM Values

  1. Visionary
  2. Citizen-Focussed
  3. Respect
  4. Everyone Matters
  5. Accountability

Greater Manchester’s Integrated Academic Health Science and Innovation Ecosystem

Manchester is a leading international centre of excellence in education, research, healthcare, industry collaboration and the translation of cutting-edge developments in science into care and treatment. HInM brings together the region’s world leading academic, research and NHS ecosystem to work together and drive health research aligned to our local priorities, set out by regional commissioners.

As an academic health science and innovation system, Health Innovation Manchester is at the forefront of transforming the health and wellbeing of Greater Manchester’s 2.8 million citizens.

Health Innovation Manchester (HInM) was formed in October 2017 by bringing together the former Greater Manchester academic health science network (GM AHSN) and Manchester
academic health science centre (MAHSC) under a single umbrella.

In October 2019, the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (ARC-GM) also joined HInM, conducting pivotal research into new and better ways of promoting health, delivering care and supporting the economic sustainability of the system.

As the region’s academic health science and innovation system, HInM also brings together the expertise from our NHS, social care, local government and industry partners as well as the academic and research experience from Greater Manchester’s four universities, and research active Trusts and commissioners.

Greater Manchester has a unique opportunity and ability to deliver innovation into frontline care at pace and scale thanks to our £6bn devolved health and social care system, exceptional digital assets and ambitions, world class academic and research capability and thriving industry partnerships.

HInM works alongside the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester Combined Authority to improve services, support population health and unlock economic potential to create jobs, growth and prosperity. Our collective ambition is to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old.

HInM has a pivotal role in bringing forward a constant flow of targeted innovations designed to address the needs of Greater Manchester’s population and services and putting them through our pipeline process. New services, med-tech, medicine optimisation, digital solutions and innovative platforms are tested, developed and evaluated before we look to adopt and spread the best new solutions at pace and scale across the city-region.

We are Health Innovation Manchester.

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Front cover of Health Innovation Manchester Annual Impact Report 2020-2021

Foreword and about Health Innovation Manchester

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Digital Disrupters

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Health and Care Catalysts

Brain Research

Groundbreaking Researchers

Industry Partners

Public and Community Involvement and Engagement

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Utilisation Management

Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Strategy, Governance and Finance

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