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Newsletter Issue 17 - March 2015

In this edition...

  • Two ways to make your smart ideas for better care a reality

  • Oxford leads drive towards earlier intervention

  • 80 attend first patient safety workshop

  • Biotech & Money event provides good platform

  • We're helping you showcase your innovations

  • Coming soon ...

  • Energy and sustainability work identifies big savings

  • Condition monitoring - beyond turbines and engines

Henley Business SchoolTwo ways to make your smart ideas for better care a reality

The Oxford AHSN is helping innovators make a real difference to frontline care with two unique schemes:
  1. We’re running a four-day Entrepreneur Programme at Henley Business School starting this month to help health professionals turn a great idea into a commercial success. Click here for details.
  2. You also have until 16 March to apply to become an Oxford AHSN Fellow studying for a Masters in Evidence Based Healthcare.          More information here or watch the video below.
Oxford AHSN Fellows discuss the Masters in Evidence Based Healthcare

Oxford leads drive towards earlier intervention in mental health

The Oxford AHSN Early Intervention in Mental Health Clinical Network has been supporting a key national initiative to introduce referral time targets in mental health for the first time. Oxford is the only AHSN with a dedicated clinical network focused on early intervention in psychosis. The way that services in Oxford intervene early to prevent a crisis later has been identified by NHS England as a template to be adopted across the country.
The Oxford AHSN has appointed an early intervention preparedness programme manager as it starts working with the 15 trusts which provide mental health services in the south of England. A total of £1.2m has been earmarked for this work in 2015. By March 2015 this money will be allocated to specific projects working towards new access and waiting time standards requiring more than 50% of people with a new psychosis diagnosis to be treated with a NICE approved care package within two weeks of referral.
The primary focus is around specific training for thousands of key staff and getting the right data recording systems in place – as well as developing capacity, skills and leadership. These projects are to complete by December 2015. The focus on introducing referral times in mental health for the first time is part of a broader national strategy to achieve parity between physical and mental health.

80 attend first patient safety workshop

Patient safety workshop 030315
The Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative held its first planning workshop on 3 March. There was a focus on the priority workstreams - reducing kidney injury and pressure ulcers, and improving safety in medication and mental health. Participants also highlighted future safety priorities and challenges. Presentations and feedback will be posted on the Oxford AHSN website shortly.

Dr Nick Scott-Ram of Oxford AHSN hosts a round-table discussion at Biotech and Money, feb 2015Biotech and Money event provides good platform

Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Prof Gary Ford was on a speakers’ panel focusing on the role of AHSNs on the journey from innovation to adoption at the Biotech and Money event in London in February. The Oxford AHSN was a sponsor of the event which had a strong life sciences focus. There were good networking opportunities and Oxford AHSN Director of Commercial Development Dr Nick Scott-Ram hosted two roundtable discussions on the role of adoption on the innovation pathway. You can read more about Biotech and Money here.

^^ Nick Scott-Ram (top right) hosts a roundtable discussion
^ Gary Ford (left) in discussion with Dr Kevin Cox, Chief Executive of Imanova

We're helping you showcase your innovations

We are still looking for posters showcasing your innovative ideas to feature at this influential event – the largest of its type in the UK. Posters featured in our Biotrinity showcase get noticed – several of last year’s featured projects have gone on to win significant funding support and develop new working partnerships. Click here for more on how to submit your poster ideas.
The programme for the Oxford AHSN sponsored Isis Innovation e-health technology showcase is coming together. Key focus areas will be:
  • e-healthcare including patient engagement, social aspects, adoption of technologies and innovative projects into the NHS, PROMS, imaging and diagnosis.
  • Big data including: analytics, NHS digital strategy, population health, genomics/personalised medicine, m-health/self-monitoring, image analysis, biobanking, meaningful data, linking data and social care.
Isis Innovation and the Oxford AHSN are looking for ideas to feature in presentations and posters - contact or




Energy & sustainability project identifies big savings by joint work

There are great opportunities to save millions of pounds through energy reduction. That was a key finding of a sustainability and energy savings workshop hosted by the Oxford AHSN in Aylesbury on 11 February.
It follows work by specialists Zexu to map out potential energy savings in universities and trusts across the Oxford AHSN region. They presented results of a four-month baseline analysis for the identification of projects that could be taken forward into full business cases. There were additional presentations from Global Action Plan and PyroPure to share best practice innovation that organisations are using locally.
Potential savings of £7.8m per year were identified with payback within four years based on a £32m investment. This covers areas such as combined heat and power engines, building management system, renewable energy and lighting. This will improve patient and staff experience and support reinvestment into frontline services.

Six organsiations will now work with the Carbon and Energy Fund to build a detailed business case for investment in energy savings:
  • The Carbon and Energy FundOxford Health (alongside connection to Oxford University Hospitals which is already undertaking a major project)
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Great Western Hospital, Swindon
  • Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals
  • Frimley Park Hospital
  • Bucks Healthcare connection to Bucks New University
This project was commissioned by Oxford AHSN in collaboration with Wessex AHSN.
This work will continue through the Oxford AHSN sustainabilty programme.

Condition monitoring - beyond turbines and engines

Cranfield University, one of our academic partners, is helping to organise the 12th International Conference on Condition Monitoring (CM) in Oxford on 9-11 June 2015. CM is closely associated with engineering – but papers are also encouraged for biomedical and healthcare applications. Cranfield is working with Bedford Hospital (they jointly won the first Oxford AHSN Public-Private Collaboration Award Winner in 2014) on how acoustics and vibrations can help in the diagnosis of osteoporosis and fractures. Do you have something to contribute linking CM to biomedicine or health?

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in early April

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