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Newsletter Issue 13 - Nov 2014

In this edition...

  • Patient Safety Collaborative puts quality care first

  • Gestational diabetes app wins national prize

  • What you said: stakeholder survey results

  • Clinical networks establish their credentials

  • #futureNHS

  • Appointments

  • Clinical innovation top ten 2015/16

  • Wealth creation updates

  • Patient leadership programme builds on pilot success

  • We're home to top innovators

  • You may have missed...

Patient Safety Collaborative
puts quality care first

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) launched a Patient Safety Collaborative on 14 October, part of a national network designed to put quality care at the heart of all contact with patients.
Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Prof Gary A Ford CBE said: “Patient safety is a priority for for all partner organisations within the Oxford Academic Health Science Network.
“Our new Patient Safety Collaborative has a vital role to play in bringing together existing work, developing new programmes, coordinating patient safety initiatives and evaluating their impact to make sure that patients receive safe, high quality care whenever and wherever they are seen and whatever treatment they receive.”
Many safety initiatives are already under way in the Oxford AHSN region - in acute NHS hospitals, community and mental health settings and in the patient’s home. The organisations involved in this work include NHS trusts, care homes, local authorities, care commissioning groups, industry, universities and pre-existing collaboratives and federations.
The Oxford AHSN has produced a document which showcases examples of the work to enhance safety already established in our region based on priorities determined by patients, families and NHS staff. And it is planning a local launch – details to be confirmed shortly. Read more here >>>

Gestational diabetes app wins national prize

An Oxford project harnessing technology to improve care for women who develop diabetes during pregnancy has won a national prize.
The team behind the GDm-Health gestational diabetes smartphone app received the Best Digital Initiative trophy at the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards on 16 October.
The project is a collaboration between Oxford University Hospitals and the University of Oxford, funded by the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. The Oxford Academic Health Science Network Clinical Innovation Adoption programme team is now working to extend use of the app to other Trusts starting with the Royal Berkshire in Reading. Meetings are scheduled with other provider organisations and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The smartphone app enables diabetes specialists to keep closer tabs on their patients – while reducing the number of tiring, time-consuming and expensive hospital appointments. Dr Lucy Mackillop, Consultant Obstetric Physician based at the John Radcliffe Hospital - pictured above with Diabetes Specialist Midwife Katy Bartlett - said: “This is a fantastic accolade and an excellent example of innovative and successful collaboration between the university and hospital. It is also a fabulous boost for our wonderful team and all their hard work.”   
Read more here and here.

Here are some more winners...

What you said: stakeholder survey results

We have now analysed the results of our first stakeholder survey. We received 43 responses during September and October. A significant proportion said the Oxford AHSN is having a positive impact in the region (82%) and on their organisation (67%) and that it adds value (95%). 

More than 90% of those who answered the specific question thought this newsletter was a useful source of information.

Over half the survey respondents had heard of or followed the activities of at least one of our programmes.

All of the respondents had attended at least one event organised by the Oxford AHSN with most finding it ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. However, some fed back that the event they attended had not lived up to their expectations.

We welcome suggestions for events and there will be an opportunity to discuss this at the next Oxford AHSN Partnership Board meeting on 27 November 2014 – please use this opportunity to let us know what you would find helpful. We have also taken on board the request for additional time for networking at Partnership Board meetings.

Thanks to all who took the time to give us their feedback. We are planning a follow-up survey next year.

You can read more about our stakeholder engagement in our latest quarterly report to NHS England (particularly from page 28). Key stats include:
  • The number of hits on our website has almost doubled in nine months (188,104 in September 2014 compared to 96,904 in December 2013)
  • We have nearly doubled our Twitter followers in three months (500 today against 256 in July 2013)

Clinical networks establish their credentials

Another of our ten clinical networks held a launch event in October – and more are taking place in November and December.
The Imaging Network had a well-attended launch on 15 October. Among the speakers were Dr Mark Alexander of the Royal College of Radiologists, and Prof Erika Denton, National Clinical Director for Diagnostics at NHS England.
Dr Alexander said: “I am hugely impressed with what you have created already without getting bogged down in contracts and finance.” Prof Denton added: “Imaging is likely to be at the vanguard of collaborative working.”
Forthcoming clinical network launches include Maternity (21 November) and Children (15 December).


“The NHS needs to adapt to take advantage of the opportunities that technology and science give to patients, carers and those who serve them”
Read the Five Year Forward View here


Tony Young is the new national clinical director for innovation.
Pauline Brown is the new director of Health Education Thames Valley.

Clinical innovation top ten 2015/16

The selection process for our top ten clinical innovations to be adopted in 2015/16 will be completed later this month. Read more about the chosen innovations in next month’s newsletter.

Wealth creation updates

Submissions to the latest SBRI Healthcare call can be made until 9 December. Themes include diabetic foot ulcers, imaging, child and adolescent mental health, outpatient services and brain injury. Time is running out to submit a bid for a share of the £650,000 NHS Innovation Challenge fund. The deadline is 7 November. Focus areas include diabetes, infection control, use of technology and rehabilitation. All the latest funding news from the NHS European Office

Patient leadership programme builds on pilot success

Ten patient representatives and ten NHS professionals from across the Oxford AHSN region came together to learn and develop patient leadership.
This pilot Patient Leadership Programme is the first to bring together patients and senior NHS staff to learn with, and from each other to develop joint approaches to strategic leadership.
The overall feedback was extremely positive, with one patient participant saying it gave them confidence and inspired them to apply to be part of the local Clinical Commissioning Group assurance process.  
We have also learnt from the elements which didn’t go so well, and are making improvements to the next version of the Patient Leadership Programme taking place early in 2015.  
This project is being followed closely by colleagues including other AHSNs, NHS England and the King’s Fund.
If you are interested in knowing more about the Patient Leadership Programme, please contact Dr Sian Rees, the Oxford AHSN Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience Lead: 
The evaluation report of the Patient Leadership Programme pilot will be published here shortly.

We're home to top innovators

  • Congratulations to Bucks cardiologist Piers Clifford and Newbury-based patient outcomes guru Tim Benson who feature in the HSJ top clinical innovators list. Dr Clifford’s successful cardiac rehabilitation programme has featured in Oxford AHSN poster presentations and was shortlisted in our inaugural OBN collaboration award. Tim Benson, co-founder of R-outcomes, has been developing tools called ‘howRu’ and ‘howRwe’ to track patient outcomes and experience across health and social care.
  • Meanwhile, Prof Keith Willett, co-founder of the pioneering Oxford Trauma Service; Prof Sir John Bell, Regius Chair of Medicine at the University of Oxford; and Prof Sir Muir Gray, Director of Better Value Healthcare, are included in another HSJ list – the top 100 clinical leaders
  • There’s also a strong Oxford contingent in this list of 50 inspirational women in biobusiness.

You may have missed...

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in early December

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