The Oxford AHSN Entrepreneur Programme at Henley Business School
We're helping NHS entrepreneurs turn ideas into products
The Oxford AHSN’s first Entrepreneur Programme gave health professionals the tools they need to turn their ideas into commercial products and processes. Some of those who took part in the four-day course at Henley Business School contributed to the video above. Following the success of the Spring 2015 course it will be repeated in the autumn. Details here. Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us at our annual Partnership Council
The Oxford AHSN is holding its second annual Partnership Council meeting on 17 June, 4-6pm. It’s an opportunity to meet other partners and hear about some of the important work of the Oxford AHSN and how this is improving patient outcomes. Click here for further details.
Our joint focus is ‘Keeping people well and out of hospital – using precision medicine, digital health and diagnostics to achieve better outcomes’. Our region is rich in diagnostic companies working in this field.
The test bed concept is a key element of the NHS Five Year Forward View, designed to accelerate delivery of combinations of innovations into practice that improve outcomes and service efficiency.
The Oxford AHSN hosted a well-attended roadshow on 23 April focusing on the national Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) and local medicines optimisation initiatives. Delegates included representatives from clinical commissioning groups, NHS trusts and industry.
Dr Keith Ridge, NHS England’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, highlighted issues undermining the effectiveness of medicines. These include patients getting insufficient information, 30-50% of medicines not being taken as directed and patients on different drugs for different conditions experiencing unwanted effects.
New Chief Executive for Oxford University Hospitals
Dr Bruno Holthof has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has worked extensively with major pharmaceutical, life science and medical equipment companies in Europe and the United States. Dr Holthof, who moves from his current post as Chief Executive of ZNA in Belgium on 1 October, replaces Sir Jonathan Michael who is also Vice Chair of the Oxford AHSN.
Dr Holthof said: “Oxford has the talent and technology to create breakthrough innovations that will improve the health of the local population and also have a global impact. Over the next decade we will see unprecedented change in the way healthcare is delivered, through the application of digitalisation, robotics and personalised medicine.” More here >
Recent additions to our Best Care Clinical Networks include Sheena Cameron (Diabetes) and Lindsey Roberts (Medicines Optimisation)
The Oxford AHSN patient safety team has been strengthened with the appointment of patient safety managers Siobhan Teasdale and Katie Lean (who starts on 15 June)
Patient/public focus: clinical networks make community connections
Representatives of two clinical networks were the public face of the Oxford AHSN during the Oxfordshire Science Festival, helping out on stands in the centre of Oxford and Abingdon. Over 300 people visited our stands, attracted by a chocolate ‘clinical trial’ and other games for children and adults.
A big hit with children was ‘Paul’, who could be dismantled to show the position of different organs in the body. He was chaperoned by members of the Diabetes clinical network who also provided updates on their islet cell transplant project.