KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need

 

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Defence Security to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.

 

The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here

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Ask Lily helps older people stay happy in their homes for longer

In a time where the population is living longer and social care is becoming increasingly expensive, it is in everyone’s best interests to help elderly people maintain their independence.

Local authorities can take a lead in making this happen. In this column, Cllr Nick Daubney, Leader of the Borough Council for Kings Lynn and West Norfolk explains how LILY – a new initiative designed to help people stay at home - is already changing lives.

With populations living longer alongside tightening public sector budgets, the social care system that supports us as we get older is under increasing pressure.  But all too often older people feel they have no option but to move into residential care because they struggle to get the necessary support to remain at home. 

Given the choice, the vast majority of older people would opt to stay independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. However getting the right support to do so can be difficult, with systems complicated to navigate and disjointed.  This can cause a delay in access to appropriate and timely interventions which could help prevent acute problems by helping people to address low-level issues before they escalate.

But there are ways that councils can assist older people to access early intervention services to help them retain their dignity and independence for longer, improve their quality of life and cut the cost of care.

Making a difference

A pioneering initiative has been successfully rolled out across Kings Lynn and West Norfolk designed to help older people access the right level of support at the right time to help them lead active, healthy and independent lives.

With initial support from the East of England Local Government Association to scope the solution, the scheme - LILY (Living Independently in Later Years - http://asklily.org.uk) - has been implemented by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and West Norfolk’s Clinical Commissioning Group, under the banner of the West Norfolk Health Alliance.

By creating a collaborative and integrated approach to services, it enables individuals to access care in the community which helps them avoid events which could be detrimental to their health and expedite their journey into high cost care services.

It also acts as an information point for friends, family members and carers who can then support the older person in the right way.

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