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Newsletter Issue 18 - April 2015

In this edition...

  • Business plan maps out road ahead

  • Our course helps homegrown entrepreneurs

  • AHSNs to play key role in NHS 'test bed' innovation search

  • Clinical innovation projects chosen

  • 'Outstanding' Oxford AHSN praised by mental health lead

  • More news from our clinical networks

  • Small business showcase opportunities at BioTrinity

  • Successful collaborations around our region

  • Some stories you may have missed...

  • New appointments at Oxford AHSN

  • Patient engagement event inspires sharing best practice

Business plan maps out road ahead

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network Business Plan for 2015/16 was endorsed by the Oxford AHSN Partnership Board on 26 March and has been approved by NHS England. It sets out how the Oxford AHSN plans to meet its licence objectives through our programmes, themes and corporate activities, all linked closely to the NHS Five Year Forward View.
 
The Partnership Board meeting in Reading also heard about sustainability work bringing together NHS trusts and universities in our region with expert input from the Carbon and Energy Trust. Identified savings are £7.8m based on a £32m investment (see last month's newsletter for more).
 
In addition, our partners heard more about the top clinical innovations adopted during 2014/15 and those planned for 2015/16 (see below).

Our course gives homegrown entrepreneurs the help they need

The first half of the Oxford AHSN’s four-day Entrepreneur Programme was delivered at Henley Business School on 18-19 March. The intensive programme is giving 13 health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds the tools needed to turn a great idea into commercial reality. The course includes a combination of lectures, case studies and presentations by seasoned professionals including a focus on clinical innovation in the NHS. The second half of the initial programme takes place next week. We plan to run it again in the autumn. The Entrepreneur programme is supported by Health Education Thames Valley and delivered with VitalSix.
Further information: Hugh Penfold

AHSNs to play key role in NHS
'test bed' innovation search

England's 15 Academic Health Science Networks are playing a key role in identifying 'test beds' where the best innovations from around the world with the potential to deliver big benefits will be put on trial. Up to five ‘test beds’ will receive national support.

Prof Gary Ford CBE, Chief Executive of the Oxford AHSN, said: "We will be applying to be a test bed site, building on the expertise of our academic, health and life science partners - as well as our own programmes aimed at delivering innovation to patients more rapidly. It’s an opportunity to develop collaborative working with our partners." More details here >

Clinical innovation projects chosen

Last summer we launched a ‘call to innovation’ to the NHS and industry for innovations worthy of wider adoption. Each of the shortlisted candidates was subjected to an in-depth clinician-led review against health needs and strategic NHS priorities.

The innovations offering the greatest potential for adoption at pace and scale across the Oxford AHSN region in 2015/16 have now been identified. They are: Alcohol care, Cardiac rehabilitation, Falls prevention, Fragility fracture prevention, Intravenous drugs at home, Patient monitoring.

In addition, the Clinical Innovation Adoption team is working with other Oxford AHSN programmes, particularly Patient Safety and Best Care Clinical Networks to identify four further projects. The innovations will be added to those adopted for 2014/15. Further information: Tracey Marriott

'Outstanding' Oxford AHSN praised by national mental health lead

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, the Mental Health Lead at NHS England, praised the work of the Oxford AHSN when she took part in the launch of the Early Intervention Network in Harwell, Oxfordshire. She said our early intervention work had been ‘outstanding’, demonstrating a 'fantastic can-do attitude'.

Dr Strathdee was the keynote speaker at the ‘Improving Access to Mental Health Services by 2020' event on 31 March. She focused on access and waiting time standards, linking to the NHS Five Year Forward View. The Oxford AHSN has been leading preparations for the introduction of a first national referral to treatment standard in mental health.

The launch event included updates from across the Oxford AHSN region and new ideas were pitched to a Dragon’s Den-style expert panel. Participants also had the chance to complete a pledge to take back to their workplace underlying their commitment to better mental health services. More here >

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Small business showcase opportunities at BioTrinity

Showcase opportunities for small companies are available at BioTrinity, a major partnering and investor conference sponsored by Oxford AHSN which takes place in London on 11-13 May. The showcase involves an eight-minute pitch setting out the business opportunity and support needed. Showcase 'track' themes include oncology, ophthalmology, pain, anti-infectives, inflammation, immunity, respiratory and academic/charity crossover.

Further information: David Boal. BioTrinity is organised by OBN.
  • We are running a workshop at BioTrinity on ‘Design for successful innovation’ hosted by Dr Nick Scott-Ram CBE, Oxford AHSN’s Director of Commercial Development. More details >

Successful collaborations around our region

Some stories you may have missed...

New appointments at Oxford AHSN

New staff joining the Oxford AHSN core team in recent weeks include strengthening the Best Care programme with the appointment of Claire Fernandez as project manager with a focus on the mental health clinical networks, and Rachel Robson, administrator. More next month on further appointments in the clinical networks, informatics and patient safety teams.

Patient engagement event inspired sharing of best practice

Over 70 people attended the first Oxford AHSN and NHS England South (Central) event for GP Practice Participation Groups (PPGs), organised by the Thames Valley & Milton Keynes Patient Experience Strategy Group. The meeting covered what's important to Clinical Commissioning Groups, including how best to share good practice and work better together across the region.

Attendees valued the new networking shared opportunities and wanted more similar events. A follow-up event is planned in autumn 2015 based on the content and ideas that came out of this day. A detailed report will also be available soon.   
  
Mark Stone, Lay Representative and Co-chair of the Thames Valley & Milton Keynes Patient Experience Strategy Group, is pictured below summing up at the end of the day.


Further information: Sian Rees

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in May

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