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  • 07 September 2017 4:24 PM | Tracie Davey

    Welcome to the latest news update, keeping you informed about the health and life sciences initiatives we are progressing, highlighting relevant sector events and funding opportunities, and updating you on the exciting things that are happening in and around the county.

    Cluster Activities

    Directory coverWest Sussex Health and Life Sciences Cluster Directory

    The latest version of the cluster map and directory have now been published online.

    We have now identified over 140 life science related companies in West Sussex.

    If you are aware of companies that we have not included, please let us know. We would also be delighted to hear your comments and suggestions. Please email

    cogentApprenticeship Skills Reform and Science Industry Partnership Webinar

    On August 8th, WSHLSC partnered with Cogent Skills, the sector skills body for the science industries, to deliver a free webinar to support companies with the recent skills changes.

    Information covered in the webinar is applicable to both apprenticeship levy paying organisations and non- levy paying organisations.

    The webinar covered the following topics:

    • what the apprenticeship reforms mean
    • the apprenticeship levy and how funding works
    • the transition from frameworks to standards
    • using apprenticeships for workforce development
    • setting up DAS account & adding apprenticeship starts

    If you missed the webinar, you can listen to the recording for free by clicking here.

    BBFSEThe Big Bang Fair South East

    The Big Bang Fair South East took place on June 28th. 8,900 students and teachers attended the day. Regional employers, HE and FE organisations, and professional bodies provided 262 interactive activities, stands, shows and workshops.

    Cluster members including GSK, Edwards Vacuum, BSE3d and BOC all delivered engaging activities. We would like to thank everyone that participated in making the day a success.

    A short video of the day has been produced and can be found here.

    ERDFERDF Sector Support Call

    On June 30th, an ERDF sector support call was released for the Coast to Capital area (of which West Sussex is part). The call contains a life sciences element which is split into two lots:

    Lot 1- supporting innovation across niche sectors

    Lot 2- meeting the skills needs of the life sciences cluster

    Potential partners were brought together for a project scoping and idea generation workshop facilitated by the West Sussex EU Resources project.

    Unfortunately due to tight timeframes arising from a September 8th deadline, and the added challenge of the summer holiday period, it is unlikely that bids will be submitted this time. However a positive consortium of potential partners has been warmed up, with the intention of developing robust projects in advance of any rereleases of the call. 

    If you have any thoughts on stimulating innovation across the sector, or there is specific innovation support that your organisation would benefit from,  please 


    UoBBrighton University Placements Event

    University of Brighton invites you to exhibit at their Science Careers & Placements Fair at 1-3pm onWednesday 11th October 2017. This will be an exciting event to showcase the work you do and speak with students looking for placements and careers in the science industry. This fair is aimed at undergraduates from the following areas: Biomedical Science; Biological Science; Chemistry; Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences; Ecology.

    If you would like to exhibit please complete the online form by going to - There is no charge for this event

    Brighton Science Festival

    Brighton Science Festival

    In 2017, the British Science Festival will be held in the city of Brighton, co-hosted by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

    The festival delivers lots of exciting talks and activities over 5 days at venues across the city. For a timetable of events click here.

    Health AppGetting to Grips with the New Health App Endorsement Process Event- September 26th, Southampton

    NHS England, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and Public Health England have worked together to develop an App Endorsement Process, launched earlier this year.

    Diarmaid Crean (Deputy Director of digital at Public Health England), has been instrumental in putting this process into action. At this free event, Diarmaid will talk through the App Endorsement Process, covering who, why, how, when and will take questions.

    This is a key opportunity for all those involved in health related app development. Further details can be found here.

    KSSAHSNKSS Diabetes Medical Technology Collaborative – Launch event

    This event is a collaborative approach to enhancing clinical outcomes and quality of life for adults with Type 1 diabetes by improving access and use of medical technology.  

    The Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) Diabetes Medical Technology Collaborative is a KSS AHSN project, led and developed in partnership with the South East Clinical Network. Industry partners with KSS AHSN are Dexcom and Animas.

    Organisations involved in the development of the project are KSS AHSN, SECN, INPUT, Paula Carr Trust, Diabetes UK, ABCD IPN-UK, clinicians and commissioners. 

    The event takes place in Crawley on October 18th. Full details of the event can be found here.

    DigitalNational 5G Testbed Workshops

    The Digital Catapult in Brighton will be hosting a national 5G testbed and are inviting digital businesses to explore the opportunities 5G enables in the following workshops:

    SEHTAAccessing the NHS & Care Sector Surgery – 4th October 2017

    SEHTA is continuing work with the Mayor of London andMedCity, to help SMEs understand the process of engagement with the NHS & Care sector, and are holding an Accessing the NHS & Care Sector Surgery which will take place on Wednesday 4th October at City Hal, London. SEHTA will be offering a series of 1hr 1:1 meetings that will cover developing value propositions, commercialisation of technology and understanding NHS and Care sector markets.

    Click here to access the full details and pre event questionnaire assessment.


    KSSAHSNAHSNs to be relicensed as NHS ‘centrepiece for innovation’

    On July 21 NHS England confirmed its intentions to relicense the 15 Academic Health Science Networks. The detailed relicensing process will continue throughout the summer and the new 5-year licence period will start in April 2018. 

    The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic KSSAHSN Health Science Network is the AHSN for this region.  KSSAHSN is a membership organisation that works for NHS, higher education, local government and industry organisations in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to spread innovation, improve health and generate economic growth.

    Click here to find out more about KSSAHSN and email enquiries@kssahsn to join their mailing list.

    PipetteCall for evidence -The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee launches an inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy

    The Government set out in its Industrial Strategy Green Paper its intention to create a new Life Sciences strategy to make the UK the best place in the world to invest in life sciences.

    This inquiry will investigate issues such as whether the Government has the necessary structures in place to support the life sciences sector; how the NHS can use procurement to stimulate innovation in the life sciences; and the content of the new Life Sciences industrial strategy, when published

    The Committee is inviting written evidence on the issue, to be received by Friday 15 September 2017, and will start taking oral evidence on the inquiry in October

     Further details can be found here.

    Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Released

    The strategy provides recommendations to government on the long term success of the life sciences sector. It has been Life Science’s Champion Professor Sir John Bell in collaboration with industry, academia, charity, and research organisations.

    The report covers 7 themes:

    • Health Advanced Research Programme (HARP) proposal
    • reinforcing the UK science offer
    • growth and infrastructure
    • NHS collaboration
    • data
    • skills
    • regulation

    Life Sciences


    SBRI Healthcare Call Now Open- Cancer: Screening, Earlier Diagnosis & Faster Diagnosis

    SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative led by the Academic Health Science Networks to develop technology solutions for known healthcare challenges.

    Launched on the 25th July the next funding round on cancer focuses on finding innovative solutions with the ability to transform screening and facilitate both earlier and faster diagnosis of cancer. Applications are welcomed from companies with innovative solutions.

    A full competition brief can be found here.

    The deadline for the competition is September 6th at noon.

    The Digital Health Technology Catalyst

    The Digital Health Technology Catalyst is a new £35 million funding programme to be funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund over the next 4 years.

    Feasibility projects must range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £75,000 and you must complete your project within one year.

    Industrial research and experimental development projects must range in size from total project costs of £500,000 to £1 million and you must complete your project within 3 years

    A recording of the competition briefing can be found here and the full details, here.

    The deadline for the first round is noon October 11th.

    Biomedical Catalyst Round 3: early stage

    Micro, small or medium-size UK companies can apply for a share of £10 million to work alone or with others on solving healthcare challenges.

    This is an early-stage competition. They are looking to fund projects that enable SMEs to complete a data package sufficient to support the subsequent testing of their product or process in a clinical setting (or other relevant environment). The early-stage project can include:

    • experimental evaluation (lab scale)
    • use of in vitro and in vivo models (but not studies in humans or patients) to evaluate proof of concept and safety testing to appropriate regulatory standards
    • exploration of potential production mechanisms
    • early-stage prototyping
    • product development planning
    • intellectual property protection

    Projects should last between one and 3 years and range between £250,000 and £4 million.

    Further details on the funding can be found here. The competition closes on October 11th at noon.

    Biomedical Catalyst Round 3: feasibility studies

    Micro, small or medium-size UK companies can apply for a share of £2 million to work alone or with others on solving healthcare challenges.

    This is a feasibility competition. They are looking to fund projects that explore and evaluate the commercial potential of innovative scientific ideas by:

    • reviewing research evidence and identifying possible applications
    • assessing business opportunities
    • investigating the intellectual property position
    • validating initial concepts or existing pre-clinical work through experimental studies
    • identifying areas for further development

    Projects can range in size up to £200,000. Projects should last no longer than 12 months.

    Further details on the funding can be found here. The competition closes on October 11th at noon.

    NIHR i4i Connect for SMEs

    Expressions of Interest are invited for i4i Connect, an NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) funding stream aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the development pathway. The i4i programme is a translational funding scheme advancing healthcare technologies, devices and interventions for patient benefit in areas of existing or emerging clinical need. The aim of i4i Connect is to de-risk projects, making them attractive to follow-on funders and investors, potentially providing a pathway into a full programme of i4i funding.

    This fund offers between £50,000-£150,000 over a 6-12 month period.

    Further details on the funding can be found here. The call closes at 1pm on September 13th.  


    Diabetes & Oncology trade mission to India.

    A call has been made for the best British digital healthcare innovators to take part in the Department for International Trade’s Diabetes and Oncology events in India this year.

    The mission will take place 3 – 13 November 2017, in Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai. The full details can be found here.

    Expressions of interest need to be made to  bySeptember 6th.

  • 31 August 2017 10:46 AM | Tracie Davey


    Date:  Tuesday 26th September 2017
    Time: 08.00 - 10.00
    Location: Cowdray Room, Horsham Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RL

    Breakfast treats, tea and coffee will be provided.

    What are the business opportunities for products and services that clean up our air?

    Attention is often focused on the capital, but air pollution in towns and villages across Sussex can be amongst the worst in the UK, sometimes reaching just one point off the worst possible level.

    Much of this pollution comes from the vehicles used by local businesses. The solutions to solving our clean air crisis should benefit business and consumers. They will help protect the health of employees and make Sussex a more desirable place to work and live.

    Improving local air quality is vital to ensuring our area is a healthy and vibrant place to live, work, visit and do business in. Our speakers will explain the negative impacts of poor air quality and how it affects our economy. They will also present a case study from one business that has grabbed an economic opportunity to develop a new service that will contribute towards cleaning up our air.

    The event is part of the University of Brighton's Green Growth Platform events programme, helping to grow the green economy across Sussex.


    For more information please click here

  • 31 August 2017 10:26 AM | Tracie Davey

    SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 12 October, 6.30pm QAHH Quiz Night

    We’d love you and a team to join us and put your general knowledge to the test at our fun and lively quiz night on Thursday 12 October – all in aid of The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home and hosted by fabulous quizmaster, Chris Coopey.

    Tickets are now available and cost £10 per person, including a buffet supper. Teams are up to 6 people.

    To book, please call Samantha on 01903 218444 or email

    All money raised will go towards the care and rehabilitation of our disabled ex-servicemen and women.

    We hope to see you there

    The QAHH Fundraising Team

  • 31 August 2017 10:19 AM | Tracie Davey

    QAHH have a wide range of events, so there is sure to be something for everyone. 

    Take a look at what we have coming up this year…


    Assault Course Challenge – Sunday 10 September

    A great opportunity for teams to participate in this brand new QAHH event. Take on the challenge of this 5km course which includes rope climbs, zip wire, underground tunnels and rope bridges. It will be challenging but also great fun for teams of friends, family or colleagues. Over 18’s only.

    If you would like to know more, please contact Sam on 01903 218444 or email:


    Dance To Your Decade – Saturday 7 October, 6.30pm 

    Come and join us at the Heene Community Centre for 4 hours of dancing to hits from the 60s through to the 90s (1 hour per decade). Choose your decade/s or dance to 40 years worth of fabulous music! There’ll be a prize for the best fancy dress (optional), and spot prizes for the best dancers from each decade.

    It’s £10 per person to take part, and we ask that each dancer tries to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.

    To sign up, contact Sam on 01903 218444 or email:

    Quiz Night – Thursday 12 October, 6.30pm

    Come and put your general knowledge to the test at our fun and lively quiz night, hosted by seasoned quizmaster Chris Coopey. £10 per person, includes a buffet supper, teams up to 6 people, and a cash bar.  Trophy and prize for the winning team.

    To book your place, contact Sam on 01903 218444 or email:

    Bright10 – Sunday 15 October, 9am

    Get fit and lean whilst supporting QAHH with this 10-mile run along Brighton & Hove seafront. Join Team QAHH and help raise vital funds for the disabled veterans in our care.

    If you would like to run for QAHH, please contact Sam on 01903 218444 or email:


    The Glitter Ball – Saturday 18 November, 6.30pm

    We are holding our 2nd Glitter Ball at The Hilton Avisford Park Hotel, Arundel. Guests will be treated to a drinks reception, sumptuous three course meal, dancing to a fabulous live band, plus spot prizes, fundraising games and an auction. We’ll even take you home afterwards on our vintage bus!

    Tickets: £55 each (includes welcome drink, three course dinner, a half bottle of wine per person and entertainment)

    Tables are for parties of 8 to 12 guests. Parties smaller than 8 will be asked to share a table.

    For more information, or to book tickets, contact Sam on 01903 218444 or email:


    Christmas Bazaar – Saturday 2 December, 1.30pm – 4pm

    Come and join the festivities at our annual Christmas Bazaar! Visit Santa’s grotto, enjoy live family entertainment, a market selling crafts, real Christmas trees, Christmas gifts, cards and decorations, mulled wine, mince pies and cakes.

    For more information, or if you would like to hold a stall at the Bazaar, please contact Sam on 01903 218444, or email

    Christmas Carol Concert – Sunday 17 December, 2pm

    This annual event at the stunning Lancing College Chapel is always a sell-out event. To reserve your tickets, contact Sam on 01903 218444, or email

    Hold your own fundraising event for QAHH! 

    We can support you if you are undertaking your own fundraising event or initiative. We can supply fundraising materials, banners, posters, sponsorship forms or anything you would need for your fundraising, and we also have an A-Z of fundraising ideas. We can even attend your event/initiative to help out, and to thank those involved.

    If you are interested in holding your own fundraising event for QAHH, please contact Events and Community Fundraising Officer, Sam on 01903 218444 or email:

  • 31 August 2017 10:00 AM | Tracie Davey

    Adur Special Needs Project (ASNP) will be holding their first Annual Sponsored Walk on Sunday 1st October 2017. Held in the centre of Shoreham, the Adur Ferry Bridge will play host to the Piratethemed event, which will see children, families, supporters, and trustees of the Charity undertaking fun relays of the 200-metre bridge from 11am until 1pm. 

    The relays will include various challenges including an egg and spoon race. In addition, there will be face painting, a treasure chest of prizes, and a jar of sweets up for grabs. Heidi Rush, who is a trustee with the Charity and is organising the event, said, “It has been good fun planning this team event and we are looking forward to bringing the local community together to focus on raising money for our important work.” 

    For almost 30 years ASNP has been supporting local families with children who have special/additional needs and disabilities such as Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and ADHD. The play schemes currently operate from Glebelands Day Centre in Shoreham on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month during school term times. Each session can cater for up to 15 children aged 5-15 years of age, and in most cases the children receive 1:1 support.

     Heidi went on to explain, “We believe that the Play Scheme is essential to the families we support, and one of our parents recently wrote the following: 

    “ASNP has changed my son’s outlook dramatically while he is at the play schemes. At first, he found his anxiety would kick in and he was really worried how it would be. ASNP have been so supportive, the staff have kept gently encouraging him with all the activities. He has overcome so, so much! 

    She continued, “ASNP helps make time for our family to leave the house, go shopping and a lunch out together which is impossible without them. This means so very much! Thank you so much ASNP!” 

    Most of the Charity’s income is secured from grant givers and funding applications, however whenever possible it likes to host its own fundraising events and it is anticipated that a sponsored walk will become an annual highlight. In recent months, the waiting list of children hoping to join the play scheme has grown significantly which means there is an obvious need to raise more money. 

    Supporting ASNP from the local business community is James Ross Jewellers who will be providing goody bags for everyone that takes part. If you would also like to also be a supporter, add a gift to the goody bags, or find out more about Adur Special Needs Project, please contact Heidi Rush (Trustee) at The Charity also has a Crowd Funding page if you would like to donate online. 

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION Meeting point on Sunday 1st October: Adur Ferry Bridge Lower Beach Road (by the car park) Shoreham Beach ASNP, The Old School House, Ham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 6PA email:, telephone: 07788 239634. For information, visit Registered Charity Number: 1088423 

  • 24 August 2017 10:59 AM | Tracie Davey

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  • 10 August 2017 1:49 PM | Tracie Davey

    People are being urged to have their say on plans to build 600 homes and a new Ikea superstore in Lancing.

    Adur District Council has received the proposal from New Monks Farm Development, which is a subsidiary of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, for the New Monks Farm site.

    In addition to the homes and superstore, the application also includes the planned creation of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park and school/community hub.

    Members of the public now have eight weeks to have their say on the plans with councillors making a decision later this year.

    More than 1,200 letters informing local residents will be sent out to residents in Lancing and Shoreham asking for their views on the application for the site.

    The full set of plans and supporting documents is also being uploaded onto the Adur and Worthing Councils website while a full hard copy will also available at the Shoreham Centre, Pond Road.

    James Appleton, Adur and Worthing Council’s Head of Planning and Development, said:

    “This is a complex detailed planning application which will affect thousands of people across Adur and beyond. For that reason, we are determined to allow as many as possible to see and comment on the proposal. As a result, we have extended the time that people can comment on the application from the usual three weeks to eight.

    “All of these comments will then be taken on board before the council takes a decision on the application possibly before the end of the year depending on when the council receives the inspector’s full report on Adur’s emerging Local Plan.”

    The application for the site, located between the east of the Mash Barn estate and to the north of Brighton & Hove Albion’s training ground and next to Shoreham Airport, is 1,200 pages long.

    It is described as a hybrid, which means some aspects are for full permission; while others are for outline, which requires a further detailed application at a later date.

    An illustrative masterplan brings the whole development together. It includes plans for:

    250 residential dwellings (full application);

    350 residential dwellings (outline application);

    32,900sqm of IKEA store (outline);

    relocation of travellers site with an additional two pitches (full);

    new A27 Roundabout at Sussex Pad junction, with associated access roads (full);

    28 hectares of Country Park (full);

    two football pitches for Brighton & Hove Albion training ground (full);

    school and community hub (outline)

    The residential part of the plan will include 30% affordable homes, which is in line with Adur District Council’s housing policy.

    The creation of a new roundabout replacing the Sussex Pad traffic light junction is separate to the ongoing A27 consultation run by Highways England, which includes alterations to the Grinstead Lane roundabout in Lancing.

    If approved, developers believe work could start on the site by 2019.

    Image: Artist impression of proposed New Monks Farm Development

    Read more here -

  • 10 August 2017 12:17 PM | Tracie Davey

    A long-term solution to the A27 is urgently needed if the region is to fulfill its potential, it was warned today.

    The call from the chairman of the body brought together to promote the Greater Brighton City Region economy comes as Highways England is part-way through an eight week consultation on making improvements to the heavily-congested stretch of road through Lancing and Worthing.

    Commenting on the plans, Cllr Andy Smith welcomed the promise of transport infrastructure investment from government, particularly with planned growth along the wider A27 corridor in the pipeline.

    However, he said he feared that the £69 million proposal did not go far enough in creating a lasting solution to the lack of capacity on this major east-west route and called for other options to be part of the consultation.

    Cllr Smith, chairman of the Greater Brighton Economic Board, said:

    “The A27 is crucial to the wider Greater Brighton area, not only as an arterial route for freight, but as the main east-west transport corridor for the 700,000 people that live in the City Region.

    “The right sort of investment in the few miles of highway through Worthing and Lancing could have a major impact on the Greater Brighton region as a whole, boosting growth and creating jobs.

    “While we do welcome Highways England wanting to invest in the area, it does appear that the proposed solution is far from the lasting one that residents and businesses have been pushing for in the last 20 years.

    “A failure to invest in our region’s infrastructure now can only set Greater Brighton back from reaching it’s full potential in the years to come.”

    Government officials have spent more than 20 years trying to find a solution to the lack of road and junction capacity on the A27, which is the only east-west trunk road south of the M25.

    The road through Lancing and Worthing is currently either single or narrow dual carriageway. This means it is heavily congested, particularly at Grove Lodge, Durrington Cemetery and Lyons Way.

    In 2015, the Government included the six kilometre stretch in Worthing and Lancing in its five year Road Investment Strategy, which states that “England’s strategic road network requires upgrading and improving to ensure...can support the nation in the 21st century”.

    A budget of between £50 million and £100 million was then allocated to the scheme as part of a package of investments along the A27 corridor from Arundel to east of Lewes.

    Highways England released its plan for Worthing and Lancing last month. Rather than producing a series of options, the only recommendation provided was to make changes to six junctions along the route.

    Within the documents, Highways England officials admitted that there would be no “significant improvements” brought about from the proposal, but added it was the only one which fell within the budget for the scheme.

    If approved, construction work could start in 2020 with work complete by 2022.

    Cllr Smith, who is also leader of Lewes District Council, said:

    “The Greater Brighton Economic Board is determined to lobby on behalf of residents and businesses to draw in government money and ensure it is spent wisely to boost growth across the region.

    “Whether people use to road for work, study or recreation, I urge everyone to look at the plans and have their say.”

    The consultation, which can be found on the Highways England website, will run until September 12.

  • 10 August 2017 11:47 AM | Tracie Davey

    There has been a recent increase in the use of corrosive substances such as acids and alkalis being used to  attack victims.  A substance could be in its original container or decanted into another to disguise it and/or weaponise it. The most common containers used to disguise are squeeze bottles, particularly Lucozade or Fruit Shoot plastic bottles, but many other types of container have been used.

    Please share the following with colleagues, centre management, security staff etc.
    General Advice

    • Wear gloves and eye protection
    • Ensure the emergency services have been called
    • Avoid getting contaminated
    • Do not conduct sniff tests of bottles
    • Request suspect bottles be placed on ground prior to approach
    • If attacked, use hands to cover your face and eyes

    First Aid                                         

    • Ensure own safety by wearing two pairs of nitrile gloves and, if available, goggles to prevent contamination of the first aider
    • Flush the affected area with water for 20 minutes ensuring the chemicals are being washed away from the area, and not onto other areas of the body or pooling
    • Remove contaminated clothing as soon as possible, being careful not to contaminate other areas unless the clothing is stuck. Do not pull stuck clothing -- pour the water over it. Remove jewellery if possible
    • Dressings or burns dressings should not be applied until the area has been flushed for the twenty minutes, after which time they can be applied if medical help has not arrived  
    • If the incident affects the eyes the minimum flushing time is ten minutes – up to 20 minutes – if the person cannot open their eyes the first aider should try and open the eyes for them if this can be done safely. It is important when flushing eyes to ensure the contamination is not spread to the other eye by positioning the person appropriately 

    This information has been kindly shared by Revo. To find out more about ATCMs Purple Flag programme click here.

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