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Newsletter Issue 11 - Sep 2014

In this edition...

  • Four shortlisted in search for best public-private link-up

  • We want your feedback on how we are doing

  • More Fellows on the way

  • Success stories from around our region

  • More speakers added to health app event

  • Latest funding opportunities

  • Tell us about your innovations

  • Nurse leaders drive innovation adoption

  • Patient safety update

  • Patients and carers

  • Library knowledge services

Four shortlisted in our search for best public-private collaboration

The Oxford AHSN aims to break down traditional organisational boundaries and bring the NHS, universities, science and business closer together. To that end we have been inviting nominations for a new award acknowledging effective partnerships between the public sector and industry. A shortlist has now been drawn up and the winners will be announced at the OBN Annual Awards night on 2 October. Click here to see the shortlist >>>

We want your feedback on how we're doing

We need your feedback to help us ensure we meet your needs and expectations. Follow this link and complete the short survey.
We will share the results in a future edition of this newsletter.

More Fellows on the way

Our first cohort of Evidence Based Healthcare Fellows are about to begin their Masters studies – you will be able to read more about them in our October newsletter. The Oxford AHSN and our partners at Health Education Thames Valley and the University of Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine are pleased to announce that we will be looking to take on a second intake, starting in October 2015. Details of the qualifying criteria and selection process will be in next month’s newsletter.
Find out more about our Fellows programme here.

Success stories from around our region

More speakers added to health app event

The agenda is coming together for the latest in our series of workshops around mobile health app development on 17 September.
Click here for the latest news about speakers >>
Book your place here >>

Coming soon...

17 Sep  Our latest health app event

18 Sep  Showcase for innovation

More events >>

Job opportunity

Invest in Oxfordshire has a vacancy for a Business Development Manager focusing on life sciences.
Click here for more information on this 12-month fixed-term secondment.

Latest funding opportunities

All available spaces at our Horizon 2020 briefing on 10 September have been taken up – but there’s still time to sign up for a webinar which takes place a day earlier.
Last call for Health Innovation Fund          
More funding opportunities here
  • The Oxford AHSN Wealth Creation team has opened a Berkshire office at the University of Reading (Whiteknights Campus). To get in touch, contact:  

Tell us about your innovations and we can help them thrive

The Oxford AHSN has launched a call to partner organisations and industry to propose innovative solutions that could be adopted in healthcare across our region in 2015/16. We want to hear about products and technology which have made significant improvements to the quality of care and solved clinical issues.
We are looking for examples of outstanding practice and innovation across all areas of healthcare – primary, secondary and community care, mental health, ambulance service or tertiary care services. If you have made a positive difference to patient care within your organisation – or through integrated work across organisations – we want to hear from you and share your experiences across our area.
To make a proposal you need to complete this form. The closing date for proposals is 22 September 2014. Clinicians, patient representatives and procurement experts will review the proposals in detail in October. Depending on the quality of the proposals it is intended that the top ten chosen innovations will be supported for regional roll-out in 2015/16 and beyond.

Nurse leaders drive innovation adoption

A focus group has been set up to give nurse leaders from across the Oxford AHSN area the opportunity to share and promote the latest research and best practice.
The first meeting of the Directors of Nursing Focus Group introduced the top 10 innovations for adoption in 2014/15 and the support provided by the Oxford AHSN Clinical Innovation Adoption team.
There was a detailed look at the potential benefits of one of the ten innovations - the Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) project and associated bladder scan technology.
It was agreed at the meeting that reducing CAUTI was a priority for the region. The Focus Group will hold a CAUTI project workshop autumn to identify gaps in current service provision, and start designing an effective care pathway. 
The aim of this project is to develop consistency in practice across the Oxford AHSN region.
For further information on the CAUTI project or any other Clinical Innovation Adoption projects contact:

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Patient safety update

The Patient Safety Academy has been gathering momentum since its launch in July. A successful workshop with senior leaders from Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Trust took place in August.
Mark Power, Director of Organisational Development and Workforce at the OUH, said: “This provided an opportunity to learn more about safety science and human factors, and to consider priorities for the OUH - for example, systems for sensing and analysing problems, and developing a leadership strategy for safety.”
Human factors training on patient safety for surgical teams from the OUH, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust are scheduled for September and more are planned for Berkshire trusts in the autumn. 
Patient safety is high on the national agenda with a national network of Patient Safety Collaboratives – led by AHSNs – to be launched in October. Click here for further information

Patients and carers: 'no decision about me without me'

Through the Thames Valley Patient Experience Strategy Group the Oxford AHSN is part of an important collaboration with the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Networks and Area Team Nursing Directorate.
Along with our colleagues in the Patient Experience Strategy Group, the Oxford AHSN will employ a range of methods to involve patients, carers and the public, to seek the range of views of the local population. We provide opportunities to get involved at all levels of our work and allow people to be involved as much or as little as they choose. 
In conjunction with the Thames Valley Leadership Academy, the Patient Experience Group is developing a leadership programme for Patient Leaders and NHS professionals. Key to this programme is that we have Patient Leaders and NHS professionals learning and developing together. This will then become a network which will, in turn, help the Strategy Group with ideas, advice and delivery of the Strategy and work plans.
For more information on our Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience theme contact:

Library knowledge services

A network of NHS-funded library knowledge services in the Oxford AHSN area works together to help ensure NHS staff have access to the right knowledge and evidence when and where they need it for patient care, learning, research and innovation. The library services have:
  • expert, helpful staff – who can source documents and articles and do literature searches, help you develop your own search skills and support you in keeping up-to-date in your areas of interest
  • 24/7 online access to knowledge resources and services
  • quiet space to study with computing and printing facilities and WiFi.
Find your nearest library service here. A wide range of staff in the ‘NHS family’ are eligible for an OpenAthens account for access to NHS-funded electronic knowledge resources (and, as reported in the August Oxford AHSN newsletter, 2000 additional research journals). Check your eligibility and register here

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in early October

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