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Newsletter Issue 16 - Feb 2015

In this edition...

  • WANTED: Innovators for Masters course

  • Patient safety takes centre stage

  • What have we been working on?

  • Book a slot at our poster showcase

  • We're helping innovators take the next step

  • Nicola Blackwood MP visits our office

  • Clinical innovation adoption update

  • Point of care diagnostics group meets at Oxford AHSN

  • Successful collaborations you may have missed

  • Latest appointments

WANTED: Innovators for Masters course

Applications are now open for more Fellows in Evidence Based Healthcare supported by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network and Health Education Thames Valley.
The first seven students are well into their first year combining studies towards a Masters degree with work on the NHS frontline. Physiotherapist Joe Korge said: “It completely changes the way you view research and how you use it in practice.” See what Joe and some of the others have to say about the course in this video.
The programme is run with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford.
Find out more here. Deadline for applications: 16 March 2015

Patient safety takes centre stage

Preparations are under way for the first Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative workshop on 3 March. This will be a ‘working meeting’ with a strong focus on our four initial priority safety programmes (lead in brackets):
  • reducing acute kidney injury (Emma Vaux, Royal Berks)
  • improving medication safety (Boo Vadher, Oxford AHSN Medicines Optimisation Lead)
  • reducing pressure ulcers (Ria Betteridge, Oxford University Hospitals)
  • improving safety in mental health (Jill Bailey, see below).
Jill Bailey has joined us as Head of Patient Safety on secondment from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Recruitment is under way for two network managers to support our safety programmes.
A key focus at this stage is data collection and analysis. Prof Charles Vincent, Oxford AHSN patient safety lead, said: “It’s very important that we know what is happening across our region so that we are measuring the right things – and start from the right place so that we can assess the progress we are making.”

In this video Charles sets out the aims and priorities of the Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative in more detail. National role for Patient Safety Academy
Peter McCulloch, Director of the Patient Safety Academy (PSA), has been invited onto Health Education England's Learning to be Safer Expert Group (EG).
This provides an excellent opportunity for the PSA to help shape the national agenda around the delivery of Human Factors education and training.
The EG is chaired by Prof Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing at HEE, and Prof Jane Reid, National Quality Board Advisor.

What have we been working on?

Our report to NHS England covering our activities in
Sep-Dec 2014/15 is available now. Click here to read it.

Book a slot at our poster showcase

Biotrinity 2015As part of our role as a Cornerstone Patron, we are hosting a poster showcase at BioTrinity 2015 (11-13 May).
A similar opportunity at last year’s event proved to be a real talking point – and two of the exhibitors have gone on to win £1m each from SBRI Healthcare while others have also received awards.
We would like an even stronger show of innovation from our region this year. 
A total of 28 poster slots are available. If you are interested in taking one, please contact Megan Turmezei. Deadline for abstracts: 31 March.
Here's a gallery of last year’s posters. The Oxford AHSN would meet the costs of day attendance for poster showcasers.

We’re also planning for Oxford e-Health, the Isis Innovation Oxford AHSN Technology Showcase in Oxford on 30 June (10am-6pm). The overarching theme is e-healthcare and Big Data. Here’s a reminder of last year’s highlights. More details in next month's newsletter and on our website.

We're helping innovators take the next step

Turn your great idea into a great product
The Oxford AHSN is running an Accelerator Programme to help clinical researchers, biomedical research scientists or engineers turn great ideas into great products. It takes place at Henley Business College over four days in March and April.
More details here. Further information: Hugh Penfold: or tel. 07880 475777

Last call for Challenge 2023 entries
Time is running out to submit your innovative ideas to the Challenge 2023 contest.

60 take part in Bucks digital health event
The first Oxford AHSN digital health event in Buckinghamshire was attended by over 60 people including clinicians, academics and industry representatives. Some good connections were made, particularly between frontline healthcare professionals and digital health developers. Feedback included: “Very interesting and informative. Steep learning curve for a clinician!” The format of the event which took place in Great Missenden on 26 January was shaped by feedback from our previous digital health event in Reading. The next one is scheduled for June. More details to follow.

Spotlight on open innovation intellectual property issues
The Oxford AHSN, in collaboration with the Structural Genomics Consortium, hosted a meeting to discuss Intellectual Property (IP) issues around open innovation and market exclusivity at the University of Oxford Said Business School in January. Discussions centred on whether there is scope for generating intellectual property coverage at the clinical development stage. A follow-up meeting will be held with investors to explore these issues in more detail. 

Nicola Blackwood MP visits our officesGary Ford and Nicola Blackwood

The Oxford AHSN was pleased to welcome the Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood to our offices in January.
We updated her on our work so far, particularly around the clinical innovation adoption programme and clinical networks.
> Nicola Blackwood MP is pictured with Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Professor Gary Ford

Clinical Innovation Adoption update: intra-op fluid management

The Oxford AHSN and NHS Benchmarking will publish the results of the Intra Operative Fluid Management (IOFM) benchmarking project in April 2015. Each NHS acute trust involved in the project will receive an individual report, with information that can be used by the organisation to inform their service development and implementation plans for IOFM.
The Oxford AHSN and NHS Benchmarking will also publish an executive report including findings from across the region and feedback to NHS England to support national policy development.
The results of the benchmarking exercise will be discussed at a regional conference on 30 April. Details to folllow.
Further information: Sue Ikin, Oxford AHSN Innovation Adoption Manager -
or Aidan Rawlinson, NHS Benchmarking Programme Manager -

Point of care diagnostics group meets at Oxford AHSN

The Point of Care Working Group of the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) met at the Oxford AHSN in January. Topics discussed included lab testing at Oxford University Hospitals and the role of Emergency Multidisciplinary Units. There was also an update from the Oxford AHSN team on commissioning.

Successful collaborations you may have missed...

Another life science company wins £1m from SBRI Healthcare:
> Watch NHS England Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh on collaboration and the rise of AHSNs.

Latest appointments

Prof Alistair Fitt is Oxford Brookes University’s new Vice Chancellor.

Julian Dixon, Non-Executive Director at Royal Berkshire, is now Interim Managing Director at Eastern AHSN.

New Professor of Nursing Debra Jackson will develop nursing research between Oxford University Hospitals and Oxford Brookes University

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in early March

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