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Newsletter Issue 26 - Dec 2015

Owen Lock's flu posterOwen's winning poster all set
to go viral - instead of flu!

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In this edition

  • Multiple national success for our innovative prize-winning partners
  • Oxford AHSN establishes partnership with Johnson & Johnson
  • Industry visit for would-be NHS innovators
  • Funding: Oxford AHSN to develop global outcome measures
  • Health Foundation winners
  • Latest reports ... and new web content
  • Owen, seven, wins flu poster contest
  • Want to help shape tomorrow's healthcare? Sign up now
  • New Chief Executive for OBN

Multiple national success for our
innovative prize-winning partners

Innovative work across the Oxford AHSN region has been recognised in a number of awards during November.
Our partners featured strongly in the HSJ Awards. Suicide prevention training run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust was highly commended in the Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development category. The Oxford AHSN patient safety theme is looking closely at how to integrate this initiative into its patient safety work. Read more here >
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust was also a finalist in this category for introducing a Trust-wide multi-professional human factors and safety in healthcare course.
Two more mental health projects made the final list in the Innovation in Mental Health category. They were: Buckinghamshire Healthcare was a finalist in the Clinical Research Impact category and Oxford University Hospitals was a finalist in the Workforce category for a paediatric fellowship link with India and Sri Lanka.
Dr Jacqui Hussey receives her Leadership Academy awardDementia services in Berkshire have also been picking up prizes. The Wokingham Younger People with Dementia service won a Royal College of Psychiatrists team award. This team has adapted services in innovative ways to meet the needs of people with young onset dementia.
In conjunction with patients and carers, they have formed a charity providing person-centred workshops - including a choir, furniture restoration and canoeing - with excellent outcomes. This has influenced clinical commissioning groups to recurrently fund this model as well as the country’s first Admiral Nurse for carers of people with young onset dementia. The service is led by Dr Jacqui Hussey, pictured winning the Inspirational Leader of the Year prize at the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy Awards. Dr Hussey is a key member of the Oxford AHSN Dementia Clinical Network and a driving force behind the successful spread of memory clinic accreditation.

Prof Michael Sharpe, who leads the Oxford AHSN Comorbidity Network, has won an international prize for excellence and innovation in the integration of physical and mental healthcare.
Winners in the Nursing Times awards included:
  • Frimley Health/Macmillan Berkshire Wellbeing programme – Cancer
  • Oxford University Hospitals – Emergency and critical care (supporting subarachnoid haemorrhage)
Two companies from our region were among the winners in the 2015 Scrip awards. Immunocore was named Biotech company of the year while Adaptimmune took the Financing deal prize. The awards are run by Scrip Intelligence which focuses on the global pharmaceutical industry.
Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering has won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Janssen J&J logoOxford AHSN establishes strategic partnership with Johnson & Johnson

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network has entered a strategic partnership with the global healthcare company Johnson & Johnson (J&J).
The Oxford AHSN already enjoys a very productive relationship with J&J which is one of the largest employers linked to healthcare in our region with its headquarters in High Wycombe.
Now the two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise a strategic partnership recognising the synergies between them relating to improving patient care and health outcomes and accelerating access to new innovations and technologies through academic and commercial collaborations.
Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Prof Gary Ford said: “We share a number of clinical priorities with J&J which we have already brought together effectively in individual projects – for example, joint work in early intervention in psychosis.
“By formalising this collaboration in a new – and, we believe, unique – strategic partnership we can take this further, benefiting patients and strengthening J&J’s presence in the Oxford AHSN region.
“We are excited about the opportunities presented by deepening and extending our joint activities with J&J, sharing our experience, expertise and influence. Our regular discussions at a senior level are helping us refine our work programmes and accelerate access to new innovations and technologies.
“This deepening partnership with J&J is an example of how stronger links between the NHS and industry can improve health and encourage economic growth.”
Mark Hicken, Managing Director of Janssen UK & Ireland, a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson, said: “As the largest healthcare company in the world, Johnson & Johnson is committed to helping people all over the world to live longer, happier, healthier lives.
“We are already working closely with the Oxford AHSN to find new ways to improve outcomes for patients.  Through this unique new partnership, we are looking forward to exploring further opportunities to share knowledge and expertise, in order to help develop innovative local health services and advance the health of people across the region.”

3M logoIndustry visit for would-be NHS innovators

The closing date for applications to our free new Practical innovating in healthcare settings course has been extended to 31 December.
Anyone interested can get a taste of what’s to come with a visit to one of the most innovative companies in our region. We are going to 3M in Bracknell on 26 January to find out more about how they foster a culture of innovation – and how it could translate to the NHS. Register here.
For enrolment forms for the Innovating in healthcare settings course, which starts in February, contact


Oxford AHSN backed to develop global outcome measures

The Oxford AHSN has been awarded $100,000 to develop worldwide standard outcome measures for inflammatory bowel disease. The project with be led by Simon Travis of Oxford University Hospitals with the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement.Abbvie logo The development of a set of outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease will enable global comparisons and facilitate global adoption of best practice for patient benefit. The new measures are due to be presented at the ICHOM annual conference in May. This is supported by a grant from AbbVie.


Health Foundation logoHealth Foundation winners…

Several innovative projects in our region are among the latest to get funding from the Health Foundation’s Innovating for Improvement programme of up to £75,000 each. They include:
  • Oxford Health - Introducing telepsychiatry into routine practice in an emergency department psychiatric service. Read more here.
  • Oxford Health - An evaluation of an innovative telephone app (BlueIce) for young people (aged 12-17) who self-harm
  • Berkshire Healthcare - Utilising Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) within a mental health crisis team and on an acute mental health ward


... and new web content

Latest updates to the Oxford AHSN website include Best Care Clinical Networks:

Dr Ranj with flu poster competition winner Owen Lock aged sevenOwen, seven, wins flu poster contest

Dozens of children in Years 1 and 2 at schools across the Oxford AHSN region took part in our poster competition to raise awareness and understanding of the nasal flu spray programme. They designed some fantastic posters to illustrate the competition title: 'This is what I would look like with flu'. The overall winner was drawn by seven-year-old Owen Lock, of RAF Benson primary school. We were delighted that Dr Ranj from the CBeebies show Get Well Soon came along to Owen's school to give him his prize and take part in a special assembly about flu. The best 12 entries feature in a 2016 calendar.
Final preparations are under way for our Get Physical event on 9 December. All 200 places have been taken. We will publish a post-event report.
Submissions close on 31 Dec for workshop abstracts for Evidence Live 16 taking place in Oxford next June.


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There are opportunities throughout 2016 for patients and health professionals to come together and build effective partnerships through our unique Leading Together programme. Find out more here >


New Chief Executive for OBN

John Harris has been appointed as Chief Executive at OBN, the life science network at the heart of our region. The Oxford AHSN is a Cornerstone Patron of BioTrinity which is organised by OBN, see below.
Biotrinity 2016 - Oxford AHSN Cornerstone Patron

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in January

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