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Newsletter Issue 20 - June 2015

In this edition...

  • Join us to celebrate a year of successful partnerships

  • Helping our partners build new connections

  • Alumni Summit strengthens our life sciences community

  • AHSNs publish first Impact Report

  • Patient sleep innovation wins 2023 Challenge prize

  • Latest news from our Oxford AHSN Clinical Networks

  • Two awards for one of our Clinical Network leads

  • Two Trust Chief Executives take on governance roles

  • Oxford AHSN partner news

  • Coming soon...key dates this month and beyond

Join us to celebrate a year of progress

All partners – individuals and organisations – sharing our vision for best health and regional prosperity are welcome to join the Oxford Academic Health Science Network’s annual meeting and celebration.

The Partnership Council meeting takes place at The Magdalen Centre, Oxford Science Park, on Wednesday 17 June from 4pm.

There will be an opportunity to hear about highlights from 2014/15, pick up a copy of the Oxford AHSN Annual Review and meet members of the Oxford AHSN team and other partners and stakeholders.

Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Prof Gary Ford said: “This is a great chance to take stock of the progress we have made in collaboration with our many partners and hear more about some key region-wide projects which are already making a real difference including tackling variation in children’s care, standardising protocols in maternity care and supporting the widespread adoption of clinical innovations.”

The Oxford AHSN’s second annual Partnership Council meeting is free and open to all. Book your place here >

Helping our partners build new connections

The Oxford AHSN strengthened its relationship with 19 partner organisations by hosting an innovation showcase at the BioTrinity international biopartnering event which attracted over 900 delegates and 500+ companies. The poster display drew people together and helped our partners make new connections. Comments from those who took part included:

‘We truly appreciated the opportunity to engage with this innovation-focused audience’ – Matthew Wintle, Diabetes Trials Unit, University of Oxford

‘Thank you for organising this – I found it very worthwhile and made some very good contacts’ – Tim Benson, R-Outcomes Ltd
Did you attend BioTrinity? Register your feedback on the event here >
Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, on the Alumni Summit - 8-10 July

Alumni Summit strengthens our life sciences community

Key alumni of universities in the Oxford AHSN region now working abroad are returning to attend the first Oxford AHSN Alumni Summit next month.

They will join UK leaders in life sciences drawn from industry, academia and government to create new opportunities for collaboration and progress in tackling 21st century healthcare challenges.

Prof Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, promotes the Alumni Summit in the video above. He said: “Interactions between the academic and healthcare communities here are really powerful. We have the capability to really make progress in precision medicine. We are hoping to bring our alumni back to create opportunities for collaboration and interactions and demonstrate the progress we have made."

Alumni of our region's universities and business schools interested in attending should contact

AHSNs publish first Impact Report

A new report highlights the transformational contribution being made by the Oxford AHSN and the other 14 AHSNs across England in spreading clinical innovation, improving health and promoting economic growth. 

The Impact Report was launched at the NHS Confederation Annual Conference and Exhibition in Liverpool last week.
It sets out a series of case studies from across the AHSN network - including remote monitoring of gestational diabetes in the Oxford AHSN region - which provide a snapshot of the organisations’ work connecting the NHS, academics, researchers and industry.

2023 Challenge judgesPatient sleep innovation wins 2023 Challenge prize

A simple and high impact initiative to help patients sleep better in hospital through widespread use of ear plugs and eye masks was the winning idea in the 2023 Innovation Challenge sponsored by the Oxford AHSN. It was put forward by a team of doctors from Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals led by Dr Andrew Finlay.
Oxford AHSN Chief Operating Officer Dr Paul Durrands is pictured above, third left, with the other judges who picked out the sleep scheme as the best at a presentation night at Oxford Brookes University in May. The other finalists came from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Paul said: “Forty per cent of inpatients complain of poor sleep in hospital and research shows that recovery is improved with good sleep. This solution is simple and scalable and could help lots of our patients get a better night’s rest.”
The 2023 Innovation Challenge is a partnership between the Oxford AHSN, Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy and Health Education Thames Valley.

Latest news from Oxford AHSN Clinical Networks

Two awards for one of our Clinical Network leads

Dr Dan Lasserson, the Clinical Lead of our Out of Hospital Care Network, picked up two prizes in May.

He received the Royal College of General Practitioners’ John Fry Award for innovation in acute care models for older patients and research into stroke and kidney disease.

Dan was also named Outstanding Supervisor in Medical Sciences at the Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards.

Two Trust Chief Executives take on governance roles

The Chief Executives of two of our NHS partners have taken on governance roles with the Oxford AHSN.

Jean O’Callaghan, who heads the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, is the Oversight Group Chair for patient safety.

Neil Dardis, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust succeeds his predecessor Anne Eden in chairing our Clinical Innovation Adoption Oversight Group.      More on our governance arrangements here >

Oxford AHSN partner news

New partnership to develop world-class science and technology businesses

Reading climbs University league table

Bucks Healthcare wins top hospital award

Oxford University Hospitals is one of the top NHS trusts for research

Museum exhibition showcases cutting-edge research 

Coming soon...key dates this month and beyond

16 June: Optimising health literacy, HEXI seminar - more details here >

18/25 June: SBRI Healthcare briefings on older people with multiple morbidities, Birmingham/London - more details here >

July: Innovation and business creation summer school, Dublin/Barcelona

Hold the date…24 September, Oxford: 'The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the NHS' - organised by the Oxford AHSN, NHS Confederation and America Business First. Details tbc

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in July

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