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Newsletter Issue 12 - Oct 2014

In this edition...

  • Bedford/Cranfield take the prize!

  • More winners from the Oxford AHSN region

  • Masters in their field

  • How are we doing?

  • More success stories

  • Funding opportunities

  • Coming soon...

  • Clinical Innovation Adoption update

  • Engineering innovation in energy

  • We contributed to CMO report

  • Fond farewells to Simon Hay

  • You may have missed...

Bedford/Cranfield take the prize!

First winners of our public-private collaboration award

Congratulations to Bedford Hospital and Cranfield University who were judged to have demonstrated the best partnership between the public sector and industry in our first year. Dr Paul Durrands, Chief Operating Officer at the Oxford AHSN, presented the award to Prof Len Gelman (pictured above, left) at the OBN annual awards night on 2 October. Other winners included Oxford AHSN partners Intelligent Ultrasound and Isansys. We sponsored the public-private collaboration award for organisations which are helping to break down traditional boundaries between the NHS, universities, science and business.

More winners from the Oxford AHSN region

Oxford-based Brainomix has won £40,000 from the Horizon 2020 European Union fund for stroke treatment. Find out more here >>>
A number of Oxford AHSN partner organisations have been shortlisted in the HSJ Awards. They include Aylesbury Vale CCG for the Live Well service for patients with long-term conditions, Dr Jim O’Donnell from Slough CCG in the Clinical Leader of the Year category and Thames Valley Health Knowledge Team for the ‘SKINtelligence' initiative (patient safety). The Southern Health Foundation Trust is shortlisted in the Clinical Research category and the Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit is in the shortlist for Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information. The winners will be announced on 19 November.

Masters in their field!

Seven fellows start work in unique link-up

Seven frontline health professionals have set off on their journey to become Masters in Evidence-Based Healthcare thanks to a unique collaboration between the Oxford AHSN, Health Education Thames Valley (HETV) and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford.

The seven are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and include three nurses, a doctor, a physiotherapist, a pharmacist and a radiographer. All live and work in the Oxford AHSN region. They are committed to becoming champions for using research to improve clinical practice in their workplaces.

The fellows have embarked on a three-year part-time study programme, funded by HETV, alongside their day job. The process is already under way to identify a second intake to start in autumn 2015.

Sharon Mickan, Director of the Masters programme, told them: “We’ll be supporting you every step of the way.” Read more >>

How are we doing? Tell us what you think

One of our four licence objectives from NHS England is to develop and build a culture of partnership and collaboration – this has been a key focus of our work over the last year as we have sought to bring together partners in research, academia, innovation, local enterprise and industry. How well have we done? Please spend just a few minutes on this short survey by 21 October. We will share the results and your feedback will help shape our future plans.
  • Did you come to our latest app development event on 16 September?   Use this link to pass on your views. These will help us tailor the next event (January 2015) to your needs.

More success stories

£12.5m boost for Oxford biotech research

First CQC ‘Outstanding’ rating for Frimley Park
Milton Park company secures $104m funding

£1.25m Isis fund makes first investments

Coming soon...

15 Oct  Imaging Network launch

15 Oct  Oxford Research Network conference

16 Oct  Research hub launch

Funding opportunity

Get some top tips on the latest calls from SBRI Healthcare and Innovate UK from the people behind them at our briefing in Reading on 30 October.

£650,000 up for grabs in Innovation Challenge.

Clinical Innovation Adoption update

The Oxford AHSN Clinical Innovation Adoption (CIA) programme held a workshop on Intra Operative Fluid Management (IOFM) at Wycombe Hospital on 22 September for clinicians from provider Trusts throughout the Oxford AHSN region. NHS Benchmarking provided guidance on national policy on best use of IOFM. Thanks to Dr Dan Conway, IOFM Clinical National Lead who travelled from Manchester, and Dr Emmanuel Umerah, from Wexham Park Hospital, Regional Clinical Project Lead for the Oxford AHSN.
Our demonstration of Gestational Diabetes Medicine Health at Frimley Park Hospital’s Obstetrics department on 29 September was well received. Further engagement has been agreed.
The CIA Call to Innovation closed on 22 September. Thank you for your applications. The next stage will be selection of the top ten innovations for 2015/16. The selectors will include provider trusts, CCGs and patient representatives from the Oxford AHSN region. The winners will be announced in November.

Engineering innovation in energy and carbon reduction

The Oxford AHSN is working with partners in the NHS and academia to drive cost savings from energy and sustainability through innovation. We are identifying potential projects and should complete benchmarking analysis early in 2015. Supported feasibility projects will follow.
Further information:

We contributed to Chief Medical Officer's annual report

The Oxford AHSN and its partners contributed to the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report – Public Mental Health Priorities: Investing in the Evidence. Stuart Bell CBE, Chief Executive of Oxford Health, was a key contributor on mental health. Input on informatics was provided by Mike Denis, Director of Information Strategy, and Sarah Amani, Depression and Anxiety Clinical Network Manager at the Oxford AHSN.

Fond farewells to Simon Hay

We have said goodbye to Simon Hay who as Interim Programme Director played a key role in establishing the Oxford AHSN.
Chief Operating Officer Dr Paul Durrands said: “Simon has the rare ability to combine a grasp of the big picture with tremendous attention to detail. He will be much missed.” Simon’s duties are being shared by the senior team.

You may have missed...

  • University of Reading and Berkshire Healthcare team up on a new guide for dementia carers.
  • Key figures at the Oxford AHSN and its partner organisations are among those contributing to the ‘Health in the 21st century’ weekly seminar series at Oxford Martin School starting on 16 October. There will be live webcasts of each one.
  • A YouTube video piloted by the Oxford AHSN imaging network shows patients what to expect from an MRI scan.
  • Oxford CLAHRC's first newsletter includes lots of collaborations with the Oxford AHSN.
  • Andrew Smith, the MP for Oxford East, praised the Oxford AHSN following a fact-finding visit. He is pictured, centre, with the Oxford AHSN's Chief Executive Prof Gary Ford CBE, left, and Chief Operating Officer Dr Paul Durrands.

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in early November

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