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Newsletter Issue 5 - March 2014

AHSNs strengthen links between
researchers and clinicians


Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Gary Ford CBE highlighted the key role of AHSNs in bringing researchers together with clinicians and managers.

Speaking at the Health Innovation Expo in Manchester this week, Gary said: “What AHSNs can really offer researchers is much better engagement of clinicians and NHS managers - which is particularly important for service reconfiguration - as well as patients and public.”

Gary was taking part in a panel discussion during a special meeting hosted by Prof Lord Darzi bringing together global leaders in healthcare policy. He joined Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies and other senior figures in discussing the role of AHSNs and Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in translational research.
Gary said AHSNs would make a difference in two main ways:
  • supporting partners to get best practice across the areas they cover through effective networks.
  • supporting AHSCs in much more rapid uptake of innovation of proven value.
Prof Ford, right, gave NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh an update on Oxford AHSN’s priorities and work so far when he visited our stand at the Health Innovation Expo in Manchester on 3 March.
Elsewhere at the Health Innovation Expo Dr Sian Rees, the Oxford AHSN lead for Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience, was one of the speakers in a session on patient-centred personalised care.
She said: “We need person-centred systems that allow you to hear what patients are saying about what really matters to them – and what can be done to improve it. Everybody in each organisation has a part to play in personalising care.
“We need to support a dialogue, listen and act on what patients and staff are saying.”

Mobile app development - more help to come

Following the success of our first mobile app development event in January we have listened to your feedback and are planning further practical sessions.

Almost half the people who attended the ‘Map that app’ event gave us their views and there was overwhelming support for more events with a strong practical element. We are now planning quarterly updates featuring demos and pitches at various venues.

Copies of the NHS Innovation app route map document – featuring the six steps to successful app development – will be available at these events. It will also be available to download here shortly.

In addition, we are  planning a national event later in the year.

New arrivals

Director Commercial Development
Dr Nick Scott-Ram, pictured, takes up his post in April. More here

Director of
Information Strategy

Mike Denis also moves into his new role in April.
Read more here >>>

Senior Project Manager, Clinical Networks Will Pank starts on 10 March.

Coming soon...

7-23 March
Oxfordshire Science Festival
13 March
Oxford AHSN mental health clinical networks event, Oxford Science Park
Click here for more events >>>

MSc in Evidence Based Medicine: Last call for applications

16 March is the closing date for applications for the first Fellowships in Evidence Based Healthcare. Click here for an application form

The fellowships, funded through Health Education Thames Valley, are open to all medics, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists and healthcare scientists working in the Oxford AHSN region.

Click here for a brochure (including selection criteria). The three-year part-time programme, which incorporates an MSc, is delivered by the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford.

Read more about the programme here.

Patients' video feedback leads to better hospital care

An Oxford research project is showing how patient experiences can be used to improve healthcare by getting doctors, nurses and patients talking together about care on the ward.
Videos of patients talking about their experiences are used to trigger discussions between NHS staff, managers, patients and carers.
Ideas for change are prioritised and staff and patients work together as partners to introduce them.
The initiative has had successful trials in Reading and London.

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in early April

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