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Newsletter Issue 25 - Nov 2015

In this edition...


  • Oxford to lead drive towards personalised care

  • Oxford projects in national innovation showcase

  • Report published into intra-operative fluid management

  • Open evening launches new course for NHS innovators

  • Great response to Get Physical challenge

  • IP implications of Open Access drug discovery

  • More Fellows join Masters programme

  • Dozens enter children's flu poster competition

  • AHSN stakeholder survey results

  • Imaging Network's patient info film wins prize

  • Flu vaccine team's top tips get national backing

  • Clinical Networks report published

  • Leading Together PPIEE initiative

Collaboration is key

by Professor Gary Ford, Chief Excutive, Oxford AHSN

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network’s programmes are built on effective collaborative working between our partners to improve the health and prosperity of our region. The case studies featured in our latest quarterly progress report highlight three partnerships led by clinicians that are delivering results beyond what could have been achieved by individual organisations acting alone. They cover dementia assessment and diagnosis, community medicine reviews and stockings to reduce DVT in stroke patients.
Elsewhere in this newsletter you can read about other successes including Oxford being designated a centre of excellence for the Precision Medicine Catapult. This will build on the strong links we have already established with the thriving diagnostics industry in our region.
It’s also good to report that we have submitted our application to the NHS test beds programme with the theme: ‘Keeping people with long-term conditions well and out of hospital using digital, diagnostics and precision medicine innovation.’

Oxford to lead drive towards personalised care

Oxford has been identified as a centre for excellence leading the drive to tailor more treatments to the needs of individual patients. A Precision Medicine Catapult centre will be established in Oxford bringing together business and research to develop new products and services. This project will be led by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network which will connect partners across the NHS, universities, research and industry with a particular focus on harnessing big data and developing new diagnostic tests. The aim is to accelerate the adoption of innovation in the NHS at pace and scale. Read more >


Two Oxford projects featured in national showcase for exemplar innovations

Two clinical innovations which are being spread at pace and scale with Oxford AHSN backing are featured in an NHS England showcase. They are:  

Report published into intra-operative fluid management

The Oxford AHSN and NHS Benchmarking Network have published a report into how best to develop use of intra-operative fluid management. More here >

Open evening launches new course for frontline NHS innovators

The Oxford AHSN hosted a successful open evening on 26 October which provided information on Innovating in Healthcare Settings, a new practical course for frontline NHS staff being delivered in 2016 with Buckinghamshire New University. Dr Susan Procter, Professor of Clinical Nursing Innovation at BNU, said: "The open evening demonstrated enthusiasm and support for this programme." Find out more about the programme here >
Deadline for applications: 30 November

Get Physical 09/12/15
Great response to Get Physical challenge

The call to 'Get Physical' on 9 December at the Oxford Belfry, Milton Common, has drawn a terrific response. With four weeks to go, the event is all but sold out. Organised by the Oxford AHSN, in partnership with County Sports Partnerships in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and Public Health England, Get Physical will explore how physical activity can be incorporated into the daily lives of NHS staff and patients. A report outlining the headlines from the day’s debates will be available to download.

Intellectual property implications of Open Acess drug discovery

The average cost of bringing a new prescription drug to market is now in excess of $2.5bn. A major contributor to this cost is the failure of over 90% of test compounds in late-stage phase 2/3 development. With such alarming statistics, it’s no wonder that pharmaceutical companies demand extensive patent protection for market exclusivity. The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) advocates delaying patent filing until proof-of-clinical-mechanism is demonstrated in a Phase 2 trial.

By crowdsourcing target validation and immediate, open access publication of all results, Professor Chas Bountra and his colleagues at SGC Oxford have shown that Open Access drug discovery is a viable, lower-cost and effective alternative. A meeting convened by Oxford AHSN in collaboration with SGC Oxford to explore the intellectual property implications of Open Access drug discovery led to the production of a report which is now available to download

Oxford AHSN Fellows 2015Take two! More Fellows join Evidence Based Healthcare Masters programme

Six innovators have begun a unique course which will help them influence change and raise standards on the NHS frontline. The new Oxford AHSN Fellows join seven others who began the three year journey to become Masters in Evidence Based Healthcare last year. The programme is a unique collaboration with the University of Oxford.     Read more >

Judging Oxford AHSN children's flu poster competitionDozens enter children's flu poster competition

More than 100 young children designed posters on the theme ‘What I would look like with flu’ as part of our campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the nasal spray vaccination. The winning posters will be revealed later this month. Read more >
National survey highlights support for Oxford AHSN
Most respondents in an independent survey would recommend working with the Oxford AHSN. Read more >
SUCCESS STORY 1: Imaging Network's patient information film wins prize
A patient information video produced for one of the Oxford AHSN’s clinical networks has won a prize in an international competition. The short film features a patient and radiographer explaining what to expect when undergoing an MRI scan. It has had more than 2,000 views on YouTube. Read more >

Children's Network nurses Julie Wild, left, and Liz DavisSUCCESS STORY 2: Flu vaccine team's top tips get national backing

Handy hints drawn up by the Oxford AHSN Children’s Network featured in national workshops to help GP practices increase uptake of the flu vaccine this winter.

Children’s Clinical Network nurses Liz Davis and Julie Wild worked with the surgeries which had the highest vaccination rates to find out how they did it.

They turned this feedback into top tips which have been shared with all practices in the Oxford AHSN region ahead of this year’s children’s flu vaccination campaign.

The Oxford AHSN handy hints were highlighted at a series of workshops across the country in September 2015 which were organised by the national childhood flu immunisation taskforce for GPs, nurses and other practice staff.     Read more >

BEST CARE: Clinical networks report published

The Oxford AHSN has completed a review of its Best Care clinical networks and identified key focus areas for the next two years. Ten clinical networks were established in 2014 with funding until March 2016. Their role was to identify and tackle unwarranted variation in outcomes and practice, promote health equality and spread best practice across our region by establishing sustainable partnerships with service providers, patients, commissioners, public health bodies, academics and industry. An independent panel has now carried out a thorough evaluation of each of the clinical networks based on their activities to date and future plans. Read more here >
  • Read about some of the achievements of our Best Care clinical networks in this report

PPIEE: New project creates opportunities for the public and healthcare professionals to work together

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network and some of its partner organisations are looking for members of the public, patients and carers (lay people) to take part in an exciting new project where they will work with healthcare professionals to make a difference to local services.

The 'Leading Together' programme gets under way in February 2016 and will partner lay people with healthcare staff on projects that support medical revalidation – an important process that doctors need to go through every five years to show that they are up-to-date with the latest evidence so that they can continue to practice – and help make the process truly patient-centred. Read more here >

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in December

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