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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Safe and effective medicines: Informatics for best practice

The annual conference of the Southern Institute for Health Informatics, SIHI 2016, at the University of Portsmouth on 20 May addresses the vital contribution of informatics to medicines optimisation.

The annual NHS expenditure on medication is over £15 billion, yet within ten days of a new prescription a third of patients do not take it as directed. Many patients experience avoidable drug errors due to incomplete information sharing between care providers. Current health policy articulates patient empowerment as an essential driver for change, and highlights computerised personal health records as a means to support that.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has led work with NHS England, the Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Nursing and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry to develop a framework for medicines optimisation. The first guiding principle of the framework is aiming to understand the patient’s experience. The principle aims to have a positive influence on patient engagement and their adherence to prescribed treatment. This accords with the current IT strategy for the NHS in England, which has the theme of ‘personalised care’ and pins its hopes on patient self-management reducing demand for NHS services. The safety and quality aims of medicines optimisation and digital health are closely aligned and we want to highlight the opportunities this presents and the challenges to overcome.

Find out more and register here