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COVID-19 support for AMRC members and supporters
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt across the breadth of our health system and beyond. We know that this is a deeply challenging time for our members and supporters so we’ve created a live blog to keep you up to date on what’s happening across the sector and to provide support and signposts to key guidance as it’s issued. We’ve also started an online chat group for you to share information, questions and concerns about COVID-19.

2020 Budget promotes science and COVID-19 measures
Last week, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered the 2020 Budget speech, which included key announcements relevant to health, research and innovation. By 2024-25, investment in science will increase to £22 billion. NHS funding has been increased by £6 billion. Special measures against COVID-19 include a £12 billion support package for public services, businesses and individuals, with £30 million earmarked for research.

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NHS Long Term Plan Strategy on science in healthcare
Last week, NHS England published its healthcare science strategy for England. It outlines how the NHS Long Term Plan will be delivered with a central focus on digital health and technology. The strategy sets out four priorities: to deliver transformation in scientifically-led services, to attract support research and innovations, to transform the workforce, and to improve and integrate information through partnerships.

Prime Minister and Council for Science and Technology meet
The Council for Science and Technology met a fortnight ago in its role to advise the Prime Minister on science and technology policy issues across government. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of science to the government’s ‘levelling-up agenda’. The Council also spoke about plans to enhance infrastructure capacity and research and development through creation of the new UK Advanced Research Projects Agency. Development of a strategy to tackle moon-shot goals across healthcare, transport, energy and robotics are now underway.

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415,842 patients benefit from AAC innovations
The Accelerated Access Collaborative is ten months old and has published a document detailing it’s impact so far. The document highlights that 415,842 people have benefited from innovations the Collaborative supports and it has delivered £54 million of savings to the NHS. The Collaborative is a partnership of patient groups, government bodies, industry and NHS bodies working together to streamline the adoptions of new innovations in healthcare and AMRC is a member of its board. 

Lifting the lid on how to collaborate with the NIHR
In a new blog Sine Littlewood, Chair of the NIHR Research Engagement Programme Board outlines the key areas where research charities can work with the NIHR, to accelerate health and care research and bring benefits to patients faster. This includes clarifying where they are offering NIHR services and resources, where they can mutually exchange expertise and where there are opportunities for collaboration. They've also created a dedicated area on their website.
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New AMRC member charity
We're thrilled to announce that the Medical Research Foundation has become a member charity. is an independent charitable foundation, formed by the Medical Research Council, that funds research to improve human health and change people's lives. They are not restricted to providing support for a particular disease or condition or a particular research institution and are able to respond to the emerging health needs of the nation and the wider world.

First artificial pancreas app launched
The world’s first licensed, downloadable artificial pancreas app for people with type 1 diabetes has been launched. The app works with an insulin pump and a glucose monitor to automatically deliver insulin to people with the condition via a complex algorithm. It is backed by 13 years of clinical research and funded by JDRF, Diabetes UK, the National Institute for Health Research, Horizon 2020, and The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust.

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Free LinkedIn working from home resources
Many of you will be looking for tips or best practices on how to transition effectively from a traditional office to a remote work setup. LinkedIn have made 16 of their working from home learning courses available for free, including tips on how to: stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools (Microsoft Teams, Skype, BlueJeans, Webex and Zoom), and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way. 

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