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Newsletter Issue 21 - July 2015

In this edition...

  • Partnership Council highlights progress and priorities

  • Download our Annual Review 2014/15

  • Our showcase highlights wealth of innovation

  • Patient safety update: Q initiative

  • Come and meet us at Venturefest

  • We're hosting our first international summit

  • Nominations open for our partnership award

  • Using innovations to keep well and out of hospital

  • Video helps patients prepare for PET-CT scan

  • Tell us how we're doing

  • New web content

  • Latest funding opportunities

  • Working together to improve mental health services

  • Sir John Bell delivers annual Brookes research lecture

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

  • News you may have missed

Partnership Council highlights progress and priorities

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network’s second annual meeting provided an opportunity to hear about some of the major achievements from partnership working across our region in 2014/15. Discussions during the main session on 17 June picked out some of the highlights from our Annual Review – with the conversations continuing outside in our information zone where delegates could meet the leads of our programmes, themes and clinical networks. Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Prof Gary Ford said the AHSN's work was about improving patient outcomes, experience and safety by finding better ways to do things. Read more >
  • UPDATE: A new report of our activities in April-June is out today.

Our showcase highlights clinical innovation

Tracey Marriott, left, on the Technology Showcase expert panel
The Oxford AHSN teamed up with Isis Innovation to host a technology showcase. The 30 June event demonstrated the breadth and depth of smart ideas and challenges coming to fruition – with a particular focus on e-health and big data. Contributors included:
  • Oxford AHSN directors Nick Scott-Ram (Wealth Creation) and Tracey Marriott (Clinical Innovation Adoption)
  • Oxford AHSN partners – amongst them Bucks cardiologist Piers Clifford, space-to-health pioneer Geraint Morgan (Open University) and Oxford Brookes University Vice Chancellor Alistair Fitt
  • Oxford Academic Health Science Centre theme leads Martin Landray and Kazem Rahimi
  • Oxford University Hospitals’ Chair Dame Fiona Caldicott on her role as national data guardian for health and social care
Tracey Marriott was part of an expert panel discussion chaired by Prof Lionel Tarassenko (see above) and there was a spotlight on how the Oxford AHSN has accelerated the adoption of the device he developed to help women who develop diabetes during pregnancy - it affects 6,000 pregnancies each year in our region.

Patient safety update: Q initiative

Seven key figures from our region are among the founders of the national Q initiative. Q will make it easier for people from all parts of the health care system with expertise in improvement to share ideas, enhance their skills and make changes that bring tangible benefits for patients. The founding cohort includes:
  • Jill Bailey, Head of patient safety, Oxford AHSN
  • Julie Connell, nurse, Oxford Health
  • Ian Holt, nurse, Oxford Brookes
  • Marion Lynch, Deputy Medical Director, NHS England South
  • Pepe Mullerat, surgeon, Bucks Hospitals
  • Emma Vaux, consultant nephrologist, Royal Berks
  • Roz Young, nurse, Bedford Hospital

Come and meet us at Venturefest Oxford

We will be in the entrance lobby of the Said Business School throughout Venturefest this Wednesday (8 July). Come and have a chat – and pick up a copy of our Annual Review. Oxford AHSN Director of Commercial Development Dr Nick Scott-Ram is leading an expert panel session on the evolution of a life sciences company into ‘adulthood’ (3pm).

 …We’re staying on at the Said Business School for our first international summit

Key alumni of universities in the Oxford AHSN region now working abroad are returning to attend the first Oxford AHSN Alumni Summit on Thursday and Friday (9/10 July). 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. The Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman, will be a special guest at the conference.
Prof Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford,
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."

Nominations open for our partnership award

The Oxford AHSN is working with OBN for a second year in sponsoring the OBN AHSN Award for the best public-private collaboration. We are looking for nominations from across the NHS, universities and industry demonstrating effective joint working. The work should ideally have started during 2014/15. The first winner of this award in 2014 was the collaboration between the University of Cranfield and Bedford Hospital on a diagnostic tool to measure bone density in the community.
Nominations should be submitted to by Monday 3 August. Please include key contacts together with a brief outline of the collaboration and outcomes achieved so far. A shortlist will be drawn up and the winners announced and presented at the OBN annual awards dinner on 1 October.

Using innovations to keep well and out of hospital

The Oxford AHSN has submitted a joint expression of interest with Wessex AHSN to the NHS England test bed programme. Our focus is on keeping people well and out of hospital using digital, diagnostics and precision medicine innovation, improving patient outcomes, experience and safety in four areas:
  • People with and at risk of long-term conditions including use of psychological therapies
  • Reducing childhood hospital admissions
  • Reducing hospital admissions in people with respiratory disease
  • Improving quality of life, reducing mortality and disability following stroke.
The final bidding process is expected to take place towards the end of the year.
The Oxford AHSN Imaging Clinical Network has made a video to help patients prepare for a PET-CT scan. It follows a similar one for patients about to have an MRI scan which has been seen by over 1500 people.

How are we doing?

A wide cross-section of our stakeholders will be contacted this month to answer questions about their relationship with the Oxford AHSN. This feedback will help us improve how we work with you. Look out for an email from YouGov who are carrying out the independent survey with all AHSNs on behalf of NHS England.

Latest funding opportunities include...

SBRI Healthcare spotlight on older people with multiple morbidities
Innovating for Improvement towards better self-care

New web content

We are constantly updating our website.
Recent additions to content include:

Working together to improve mental health services

The Oxford AHSN Clinical Networks annual Mental Health Meeting provided an opportunity to hear about the work of our mental health-related networks.
More than 60 people from across the Oxford AHSN region attended, including local patients and representatives from trusts, clinical commissioning groups, higher education institutes and voluntary and community organisations.
Psychiatrist of the Year and Strategic Lead for our Physical/Mental Comorbidity Network Prof Michael Sharpe gave the keynote speech calling for parity between mental and physical health which set the tone for an interesting and varied afternoon of talks.

Sir John Bell delivers annual Brookes research lecture

Prof Alistair Fitt, left, and Prof Sir John Bell, Oxford Brookes research lecture, June 2015On 9 June Professor Sir John Bell visited Oxford Brookes to provide the Annual Research Lecture for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. As Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University and Chair of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, Sir John was invited to Brookes to discuss the future of medicine and the role of the AHSC. In a public talk titled 'Creating a new taxonomy of disease' Sir John covered a range of topics, from his own research interests in autoimmune disease and immunology, to the broader perspective of diagnosis, treatment and future goals. Sir John is pictured above, right, with Brookes Vice-Chancellor Prof Alistair Fitt. Read the latest Brookes Health and Life Sciences faculty newsletter here >

Coming soon...key dates this month and beyond

8 July:
NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens speaks at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

9 July: Health Education Thames Valley Partnership Council – mental health focus

24 September: TTIP and the life sciences sector

News you may have missed...


Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in August

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