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Issue 39 | February 2017


In this edition

Board agrees changes to the Oxford AHSN

At its meeting on 31 January 2017 the Board of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network agreed changes to the organisation in preparation for the AHSN relicensing process. The aim is to ensure our work is aligned to future national expectations of AHSNs and to local priorities, and that we ensure financial sustainability. Read more in this letter.

Leading Together Celebrating Success mural

Professionals and lay people work together

"What you've been doing here is the way to go: professionals and citizens working together to make health and wellbeing better. Just being in the room the patient or lay person changes the conversation.”

Leading Together logoSo said Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive of National Voices, at an event celebrating our Leading Together programme which was completed by around 100 people across southern England in 2016. Find out more in the film below and via this link.
The Leading Together Programme

Making sustainability happenMaking sustainability happen

The Oxford AHSN is working with partners across the NHS, universities and industry in our region to identify opportunities for reducing carbon emissions which could save millions of pounds. This new report captures the progress to date. 

New website promotes Oxford AHSC

Oxford AHSC websiteThe Oxford Academic Health Science Centre has launched its website. The Oxford AHSC coordinates clinical and academic excellence within Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Two companies from the Oxford AHSN region have won funding to develop innovations to improve hospital efficiency through better management of patient flows. Beamline Diagnostics and Nervecentre Software will each receive up to £100,000 through the SBRI Healthcare initiative which is led by AHSNs. Read more > 

More funding opportunities…
  • The latest NIHR Challenge Award was launched earlier this month. It has a particular focus on mental health. Read more
  • Other funding opportunities: Details here


Oxford AHSN Dementia driving event

More than 150 people attended the ‘Driving with cognitive impairment’ event last month run by the Oxford AHSN Dementia Clinical Network with the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network.

The expert speakers included James McKillop, who spoke of his personal experience of driving and dementia, and Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia.

There was also a demonstration of the DriveABLE cognitive assessment tool, developed in Canada and explained by Dr Bob Bashuk, a neurologist from the USA. Read more >
  • All memory clinics in our region now meet national gold standard. Read more >



Children's flu campaign logoFollowing a collaboration with the Oxford AHSN Children's Network, Milton Keynes University Hospital has become one of only two NHS Trusts in England to offer the nasal flu vaccine to children attending outpatient appointments.  

Hospital Chief Executive Joe Harrison said: "This initiative has been made possible by our work with the Oxford AHSN Children's Network."          
Read more >  



The Oxford AHSN and its partners are once again holding a series of events in May/June to showcase joint achievements over the previous 12 months. These will take place at venues across our region in May/June including High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Wokingham, Harwell and Oxford.

We are developing the content over the coming weeks. The agendas will be tailored to reflect partner priorities – so each one will be different. There will be a strong element of telling our story through patients’ experiences.

More details in next month’s newsletter. Please get in touch if there’s a particular initiative you think should be featured at these events.



Drugs giant to invest £115m in Oxford research centre. Read more >

AHSN role highlighted in Industrial Strategy green paper. Read more >

Biosensor could increase accuracy of stroke diagnosis. Read more >


Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in March

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