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Issue 27 - January 2016

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In this edition...

  • Partners' shared approach delivers better care

  • Life sciences minister hails 'special' Oxford

  • Two projects receive funds from SBRI

  • Get Physical event got us on our feet!

  • Last call for frontline NHS innovators' course

  • First Leaders Together course starts in February

  • New report: Out of hospital training needs

  • New video: Early intervention best practice exchange

  • Coming soon: Falls prevention meeting + more

  • Join our innovation poster showcase

Partners' shared approach delivers better care

by Professor Gary Ford, Chief Excutive, Oxford AHSN

The pace and scale of collaboration in the Oxford Academic Health Science Network region is accelerating. Our partners – across the NHS, academia and industry – achieved much during 2015, working together and supported by the core AHSN team, to make our region a healthier place to live.
Our latest quarterly report covers the three months to the end of December 2015 and includes case studies on a new programme bringing patients and clinicians together to improve care (p4), early intervention improving youth mental health services and cutting costs (p6) and improving NHS staff and patient health and wellbeing through daily exercise (p8).
We are also increasingly working with other AHSNs and other regional networks. Examples include:
  • Imaging with Yorkshire & Humber AHSN
  • NHS innovators visit to 3M in Bracknell with North West Coast AHSN
The new year brings with it many exciting opportunities to strengthen this collaborative work and bring lasting patient benefits. Some of the key landmarks in 2016 are highlighted here. We hope you will join us on this journey.

Life sciences minister hails 'special' Oxford

The Life sciences minister George Freeman MP praised the work of biomedical researchers on a visit to Oxford. He said: “The Oxford biomedical campus is fast becoming a world-class hub of the new technology and biomedical disciplines which are transforming 21st century medicine.” Read more here.


Two projects receive funds from SBRI

Two companies in the Oxford AHSN region have received funding from SBRI Healthcare to develop innovative products to address challenges faced by older people with complex health needs. Each received just under £100,000 for phase 1 testing.

Get Physical 09/12/15 Physical event got us on our feet!

Our 'Get Physical' event on 9 December did what it said on the tin - with delegates taking part in Tai Chi and Bollywood dancing. There was a productive exchange of best practice and exploration of how best to encourage NHS staff and patients to incorporate regular exercise into their daily lives to improve their health and wellbeing.
The event was organised by the Oxford AHSN, in partnership with County Sports Partnerships in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and Public Health England.
  • A video summary of the day and report will be available shortly
  • The video below provides some background to Get Physical
Dr William Bird of Intelligent Health explains the thinking behind Get Physical

Last call for frontline NHS innovators' course

Last call for applications to our free new Practical innovating in healthcare programme for frontline NHS staff.
Deadline extended to 11 January. Course starts next month. Details here.

First Leaders Together course starts in Feb

We are looking for patients, carers and members of the public to help lead on improvements in healthcare. The Leading Together programme is a new course that pairs lay people with a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional to develop leadership and communication skills to influence change. The first course starts in February. Further information:


Future Care: Out of hospital training needs analysis - download a copy
NEW VIDEO: The Oxford AHSN Early Intervention in Mental Health Clinical Network shared best practice with colleagues visiting from Norway in November. They are hosting a similar visit from an Australian delegation this month.


Falls prevention meeting

NHS colleagues are invited to the next meeting of the Oxford AHSN falls prevention best care group. This takes place in Oxford on 4 February.

Julie Windsor, Patient Safety Lead, Older People and Falls, NHS England, will host a session highlighting local and national best practice.

To book your place please contact:

Also coming soon…

Join our innovation poster showcase

The Oxford AHSN is supporting BioTrinity 2016 in April - see below - and we’re looking for poster applications to feature in our Innovation Showcase.
To find out more contact

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in February

Contributions welcome

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