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Newsletter Issue 19 - May 2015

In this edition...

  • We're at BioTrinity this week

  • We're helping NHS entrepreneurs turn ideas into products

  • Join us at our annual Partnership Council

  • Your chance to be part of test bed scheme

  • Roadshow focuses on better use of medicines

  • New chief executive for Oxford University Hospitals

  • Other partner news

  • New appointments at Oxford AHSN

  • Clinical networks make community connections

We're at BioTrinity this week

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network will have a strong presence at BioTrinity, Europe’s leading biopartnering and investment conference which starts today. As Cornerstone Patrons, we are hosting an innovation poster showcase for 19 of our partner organisations and running a workshop – ‘Design for Successful Innovation’.
Over 900 delegates and over 500 companies are taking part in BioTrinity in London until Wednesday. It is organised by Oxford AHSN partner OBN.
More information here.
The Entrepreneur programme - Oxford AHSN
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:

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.
Copies of our Annual Review will be available at the Partnership Council meeting.

Your chance to be part of test bed scheme

We are working with our colleagues at Wessex AHSN to help our NHS partners and innovators put together a bid for the test bed programme sites set up by NHS England.
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.
There is a national briefing event in London on 21 May for interested innovators. Register here. A webinar alternative takes place on 27 May.
Partnerships and bids will develop over the summer - decisions on the successful test bed sites are expected before the end of the year.
Further information:

Roadshow focuses on better use of medicines

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.
The Oxford AHSN Medicines Optimisation Clinical Network is looking at ways to maximise benefits and value for patients from the medicines they are given, and to reduce wastage:


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19 MAY


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 >

Other partner news

Novel patient monitoring trial starts in Oxford
Bucks children with spinal injuries are first to use new rehab technology
Oxford hospitals top digital table following e-prescribing roll-out
Oxford biopharmaceutical company raises estimated $176m from US share issue

Bucks New University wins Education Provider of the Year in the Nursing Times Student Awards 2015
Three Oxford representatives in European top 10 finalists in biotech competition

New appointments at Oxford AHSN

  • 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.
The Oxford AHSN Children’s Clinical Network and Vaccine Knowledge used shared information about infectious diseases, children’s vaccines and ‘herd immunity’, with a particular focus on flu.
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.
Oxford AHSN staff worked with colleagues from the Clinical Research Network and the Oxford CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) who encouraged people to get involved in research. Further information >

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in June

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