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Newsletter Issue 6 - April 2014

WANTED: posters for innovation showcase at BioTrinity

Oxford AHSN is sponsoring BioTrinity, the UK’s largest biomedical business and investor conference taking place in London in May. We have spaces for posters to showcase innovations that would be attractive to businesses and investors. The deadline for abstracts is 11 April.

Partners show their support to Oxford AHSN


There is genuine excitement around what can be achieved by the Oxford AHSN and its partners, according to Oxford AHSN Chair Nigel Keen.

Since the AHSN was funded last autumn, considerable progress has been made in establishing the team, developing the governance structures and establishing the programmes to support improvements in care, clinical innovation adoption and wealth creation.
Nigel was speaking after the first AHSN Partnership Board meeting on 27 March which was attended by representatives from around 30 of the AHSN’s partners including NHS providers, NHS commissioners, academia and business.
“Momentum is building strongly,” said Nigel, pictured right. “I was really encouraged by the enthusiasm and wonderful support from a wide range of organisations wanting to translate products into practice. It’s a very exciting time.”
The Partnership Board signed off the Business Plan for 2014/15, noting the plans across the programmes and themes. Importantly, they also agreed that partners should make a financial commitment to the Oxford AHSN.
The role of the Partnership Board is to oversee the Oxford AHSN Board and ratify its strategy and Business Plan. Partners are drawn from a number of stakeholder groups including all NHS providers and commissioning bodies, the nine universities based within the Oxford AHSN’s borders, industry organisations, Local Enterprise Partnerships and key bodies such as Health Education Thames Valley and the Area Team of NHS England.

New NHS chief promotes innovation

Simon Stevens, the new Chief Executive of the NHS, highlighted the role of innovation in his first speech. Testing out new ideas, harnessing learning from industry and rethinking traditional care pathways will bring improvements and growth. Read the speech in full >

SBRI: funding for innovative life sciences businesses

The Oxford AHSN hosted a breakfast meeting at the Oxford Science Park for life sciences entrepreneurs, academics, investors and leaders in business development and technology transfer with Peter Ellingworth, Chairman of SBRI, and Karen Livingstone, Director of SBRI and East of England AHSN.
Dr Paul Durrands, Oxford AHSN’s Chief Operating Officer and Board member of the SBRI Programme Board said: "It was great to hear about the impact SBRI has had on accelerating the development and sale of innovative products that will improve patient care and patient experience as well as leading to global sales of UK technology."
Oxford AHSN briefing events about the latest SBRI funding opportunities are planned for May/June.
Read more about SBRI here >>>

Support for adopting innovation in diagnostics

Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Gary Ford CBE was one of the presenters at the UK Diagnostics Forum: Changing the landscape of adoption of diagnostics which took place in Oxford in March. The event was organised by the National Institute for Health Research Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative Oxford.

Coming soon...

12-14 May
BioTrinity event
18 June
Oxford AHSN annual Partnership Council meeting
8 July
Venturefest Oxford

More events >>>

Ten clinical innovations picked for wider adoption

The Oxford AHSN Board has approved the widespread adoption of ten innovations which could make a big difference to patients across our region.
Read more about our Clinical Innovation Adoption programme here >>>

Oxford biotech business raises £200m on stock market
Circassia, an Oxford-based biopharmaceutical company, has raised over £200m on the London Stock Exchange.
Read more >>>

App development route map available
You can now download the step-by-step guide to successfully developing mobile phone apps, referenced at the 'Map that App' event in January. Click here for details of the first of a series of follow-up workshops taking place in Oxford on 24 June, 4.30-7pm.

Celebrating the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre

The four partners behind the successful Oxford Academic Health Science Centre bid came together on 12 March to mark the start of an important shared journey. These videos tell you more:

Oxford AHSN partner chief executives feature in HSJ top 50

Chief Executives running NHS organisations providing services in the Oxford AHSN region feature strongly in the HSJ Top Chief Executives 2014. They include:


Mental health clinical networks work together
Four of the Oxford AHSN’s clinical networks joined up on 13 March, together with Dr Geraldine Strathdee, the national clinical director of mental health for England. You can find out what she thought here and see some of the presentations here.

Diabetes stakeholder network commended by NICE
The diabetes stakeholder network set up in West Berkshire in 2012 – known as Diabetes Sans Frontieres – has been highly commended in the NICE Shared Learning Awards 2014.
Lead GP Dr Richard Croft took part in a workshop at the diabetes clinical network launch event in February on ‘Local solutions for local problems: the organisation and commissioning of diabetes care’.
Diabetes Clinical Network Lead Dr Katharine Owen said: “Diabetes Sans Frontieres is already making inroads into improving diabetes care in west Berkshire. By sharing experience of good practice like this, we aim to encourage more local initiatives to improve diabetes care.”
Read more here >>>     More details on the NICE submission here >>>

Next Oxford AHSN clinical network launch events
28 April: Medicines optimisation
1 May: Early intervention, mental health

Training towards a sustainable future

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is running two half-day introductory training sessions for the Oxford AHSN. They are open to those delivering treatment and care, patient representatives, researchers, health educators and those from the health industry.  
Balancing environmental, social and financial sustainability, is not only fundamental for the future of healthcare, it is an essential part of developing high quality practice.
In addition, the NHS is legally committed to cut its carbon emissions by 26% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
Reducing energy use and attention to buildings will only deliver about a quarter of the savings we need.
This is a great opportunity to explore how services and products can be designed in sustainable ways.    
Sir Muir Gray says: "Carbon will become at least as important as money in future health service planning and delivery. If you are serious about providing value for the patient you need to understand sustainability.”  
The training sessions take place in Oxford from 09.30-13.00 on 19 May and 17 June. More details >>>
Please note: the two sessions are the same and priority will be given to members of the Oxford AHSN diabetes, dementia and medicines optimisation clinical networks.
Further information:

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in early May

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