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Issue 33 | July 2016

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In this short film some of the NHS staff who signed up for our first Innovation Programme talk about how it has helped them.
Find out how you could join the next programme here.

In this edition

  • Survey highlights valuable impact of Oxford AHSN

  • The Oxford AHSN story so far - video

  • Latest national AHSN publications

  • Oxford AHSN supports key initiatives

  • Enter our public-private collaboration award

  • Minister launches Oxon innovation report

  • Awards, fellowships and opportunities

  • Coming soon: pick of the latest events

Survey highlights valuable impact of Oxford AHSN

The vast majority of people who know Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) and its work believe it is having a positive impact in the region. Almost all respondents (95%) to a survey of Oxford AHSN partners across the NHS, patient groups, universities and industry said collaboration in the region was important.

Four in five (80%) of those aware of Oxford AHSN said the organisation was building that culture of collaboration and partnership. This compares to three in five (61%) in a national survey of AHSNs carried out last year who believed the Oxford AHSN was effective at building a culture of partnership and collaboration. Results suggest an increasing awareness and appreciation of Oxford AHSN and its work.

Thank you to all 563 people who took part in the independent survey carried out by ComRes. The second national AHSN stakeholder survey is expected to be carried out over the next few weeks. We would be grateful if you could find the time to complete this one too. Read more >
The Oxford AHSN story so far - watch our two minute film.
Read our annual review of 2015/16 'The year in numbers' here

LATEST PUBLICATIONS DEMONSTRATE AHSNs' JOINT IMPACT

"The whole concept of the Academic Health Science Network is a very strong one driving clinical collaboration, making sure clinicians are driving change, adopting innovation across the region and creating successful companies"


Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
 

"I remain strongly committed to the AHSNs, and to ensuring they help drive the uptake of innovation which is so critical to our future"


Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman, NHS England.

Read more in this article from The Telegraph.

'Making care safer for all' highlights the work in England's 15 AHSN areas to spread improvements to patient care and system leadership. It includes this mental health case study from the Oxford AHSN.

BUILDING NETWORKS, SHARING EXPERTISE:


Oxford AHSN supports key initiatives
 

Oxford Tech Showcase 2016It's been a busy few weeks with the Oxford AHSN taking part in a number of important events.

We co-sponsored the
Oxford Technology Showcase with Oxford University Innovation and the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. The theme was Challenges in chronic disease including Cardiovascular disease and stroke; Ageing and fraily; Diabetes and obesity; Cognitive health.

Nick Scott-Ram, Director of Commercial Development, Oxford Academic Health Science Network, was among the speakers. He said: “The Oxford Technology Showcase has proved itself over the last few years to be a key event for people aiming to gain a view of the innovation ecosystem here in Oxford at work."

Read more about the
Oxford Technology Showcase here.

The Hill - Oxford's digital health hubThere was a real buzz at the launch of
The Hill - Oxford's new digital health hub - in June. A follow-up event takes place on 13 July. More details here. The Oxford AHSN is one of the main supporters behind The Hill.
Oxfordshire science festival health fair
We also had a strong presence at Venturefest Oxford on 29 June.

In addition, the Oxford AHSN sponsored a series of lunchtime talks, many linked to mental health, during the
Oxfordshire Science Festival. We also highlighted initiatives in stroke through a storytelling event and health fair.

REWARDING SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS:


Enter our public-private collaboration award
 

The OBN Awards, now in their eighth year, celebrate innovation and achievement across the UK life sciences industry. The Oxford AHSN is once again (for the third year) sponsoring one of these awards, with a particular focus on successful partnerships over the last 15 months between the sectors the AHSN brings together: the NHS, academia and industry. We should be spoilt for choice!

Submit your nominations to megan.turmezei@oxfordahsn.org by 25 July. The winner will be revealed at  Oxford Town Hall on 6 October – along with all the other OBN awards categories.

REALISING THE GROWTH POTENTIAL:

 

Minister launches Oxon innovation report


Oxfordshire Innovation Engine Update reportGeorge Freeman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary and Minister for Life Sciences, launched a report which assesses the progress Oxfordshire has made over the last few years in realising the growth potential of its high technology business cluster to produce greater economic benefits for the county and the UK.

Entitled The Oxfordshire Innovation Update – realising the growth potential, the independent report was produced by leading economic consultants, SQW. It highlights impressive growth in the science and technology business base – but also identifies key challenges to be addressed.

The report was commissioned by the University of Oxford with support from the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, The Oxford Trust and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

George Freeman said: “I congratulate Oxford University, the Oxford Trust, the Oxford AHSN and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership in collaborating to produce this report, and thank local stakeholders for their support and input."
 

MORE NEWS:



Awards, fellowships, opportunities ...

Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Prof Gary Ford is now a Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. Read more here >

Congratulations to the @Time4Recovery Twitter account which was ranked in the top 50 most influential brands in mental health in a recent poll. @Time4Recovery supports the regional early intervention in psychosis project led by the Oxford AHSN.

COMING SOON: PICK OF THE LATEST EVENTS


12 July – Warwick: Innovation in digital health. Read more here

13 July Oxford: next event at The Hill - Oxford's new digital health hub. Read more here


7-8 September – Manchester: Health and care innovation Expo. Read more here
 

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in September

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