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Issue 31 | May 2016


In this edition

  • Hundreds flock to our partnership showcases

  • BioTrinity was an effective shop window

  • Meet our clinical innovators

  • Strategies for the real world conference

  • Challenging variation in children's healthcare

  • Two new patient partners joint up

  • Coming soon: pick of the latest events

Partner showcase roadshows May 2016Hundreds flock to our partnership showcases

More than 300 people have signed up to join us at one of our partner showcases during May. The first takes place in Oxford today with another later this week in Reading. There are five more ‘Better patient outcomes through partnerships’ events before the end of May. They are free and open to all. Book your place now using the buttons below. Each will have a strong local flavour and a focus on successful collaboration. Copies of our latest publications will also be available – you can also download your own copies via the boxes above.


BioTrinity was an effective shop window

The Oxford AHSN had a strong presence at the BioTrinity life sciences investment and partnering conference in London which drew over 1,000 delegates.
  • Our Commercial Development Director Dr Nick Scott-Ram chaired a top panel - pictured above - who discussed open innovation and the translation of university research into new companies. Read more here.
  • Our poster showcase featuring innovative projects from our region drew many interested visitors who found out more from the people behind each initiative - see picture below.
  • Visitors to our stand demonstrated greater awareness and understanding of the role of the AHSN. We filmed a number of interviews here including one with our industry partner Isansys.
It was the tenth year of BioTrinity, the annual conference of Oxford AHSN partner OBN.
Oxford AHSN innovation poster showcase BioTrinity


Meet our clinical innovators
“I loved the encouraging atmosphere and obvious experience of the presenters and facilitators in the field of innovation.”

That’s the view of one of the first group of students, pictured below, who embarked on our unique programme for NHS clinical innovators in February. Find out more here.

Register your interest in the next course which starts this autumn here.
Clinical innovators course participants Spring 2016


Strategies for the real world conference
Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative April 2016
The Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative was delighted to welcome over 90 delegates to its second annual conference, held at Milton Hill Hotel, near Abingdon, on 21 April.

Feedback received indicates that the presentations from our speakers were extremely well received, and the opportunities for networking greatly valued.

A full report, with links to the speaker presentations, will be available shortly here.

Read a summary of Oxford AHSN patient safety activities here.


Challenging variation in children's healthcare
Andrew Pollard, Bruno Holthof, Gary Ford, Challenging variation in children's careTop speakers from the Oxford AHSN region and beyond led discussions around the theme of ‘challenging variation’ at an event organised by the Children’s Network in Bucks on 4 May.
Professor Andrew Pollard, left, Clinical Co-director of the Children’s Network, Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals, and Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Professor Gary Ford, right, were among the contributors.
In his keynote speech Dr Holthof spoke of the difference that clinical networks are making. He challenged participants to use their insights and great ideas to change behaviour and practice and have a real impact for patients across the region.
Pauline MacDonald, Programme Director - Childhood Flu Immunisation Taskforce, spoke about the national work addressing variation in vaccination uptake. 
Dr Ronny Cheung outlined his work as editor of the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for children and young people.

Dr Cheung set the national context for Dr Craig McDonald, Clinical Co-director of the Children’s Network, who introduced the methodology and findings from the 2nd Variation Report in Children’s Healthcare in the Oxford AHSN region which describes the variation between Clinical Commissioning Group areas in admission rates and length of stay for seven common childhood conditions.  
Finally, Dr Angela Yannoulias, consultant paediatrician at Wexham Park Hospital, described the Children’s Network’s work harmonising paediatric antibiotic prescribing guidelines in order to encourage their safe and effective use and reduce the potential for antibiotic resistance.
Delegates, including consultant paediatricians, children’s commissioners and public health leads, had time for networking and to see a display on the Oxford AHSN children’s flu vaccination awareness campaign.
Copies of the Oxford AHSN Variation in Paediatric Care and Children’s Flu Vaccination reports will be available on the Oxford AHSN Children’s Network web pages shortly, as well as more information from the 4 May event.


Douglas Findlay, lay partnerTwo new patient partners join up

Two new faces are bringing valuable patient and public insights to shape the work of the Oxford AHSN, particularly in partnership with NHS England South.
Lay partners Douglas Findlay, right, and Martin Sykes, below, replace Carol Munt and Mark Stone. Carol is moving to Kent and will continue with patient engagement. Mark sadly died earlier this year.
Douglas is a learning and development specialist with a background in the pharmaceutical industry. He works with the NHS and industry. He also campaigns as a patient/carer advocate, is a patient leader at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and is on the board of Healthwatch Reading.
Martin Sykes, lay partnerMartin is a senior commercial executive with international experience. He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors. Martin has been a patient representative with the North and West Reading Clinical Commissioning Group and at his GP surgery.
Martin said: “My hope is that I can make a difference to patient engagement and subsequent improvement in patient wellbeing.”
Sian Rees, Director of Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience at the Oxford AHSN, said: “Carol and Mark were dedicated, enthusiastic patient leaders who taught us so much about what matters to patients. We will miss them but look forward to taking this work forward with Douglas and Martin.”


Secondary analysis of qualitative video health experience interviews

Researchers at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, and King’s College London, have conducted a secondary analysis of data from an archive of 3,000 video and audio interviews with people about their health and illness experiences, to:
  •  identify what matters to people with a range of conditions
  •  produce new ‘trigger films’ for NHS staff to use to stimulate discussion in experience-based co-design projects. 
Experience-based co-design involves service users as partners with staff to achieve person-centred improvement and cultural change. ‘Trigger films’ can be produced locally but existing, nationally produced trigger films have been shown to be an effective low-cost alternative.

Films available on Healthtalk include:  Autism, Asthma, Dementia Carers, Type 2 Diabetes, Stroke, Parkinson’s, Ethnic Minority Mental Health Experiences, Young People with Depression, Raising Concerns about Healthcare and Coordinating Care Across Different Services.

Patients working with researchers towards better care
Patients, carers and other members of the public can play a vital role in medical research. By working as partners with researchers, they can help to ensure that research focuses on what matters to patients, is carried out in ways that feel right for them and the results made public to all who can benefit. promotes patient involvement in research by ‘match-making’ patients, carers and other members of the public who are interested in medical research with researchers working in hospitals and universities across the Thames Valley.
Some of the opportunities are open to those with specific conditions, such as cancer, heart disease or mental health problems, while others are open to all.
When logging on to the website visitors are invited to register their details so they can be sent regular updates as new opportunities for involvement arise. They can also search the growing database for projects of interest without registering.


26-27 May – Oxford: UK Diagnostics Forum. Read more here.

3 June Oxford: Drug discovery - creating a new ecosystem. Read more here.

6 July – Oxford: Big healthcare challenges in chronic disease. Read more here.

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in June

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