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Newsletter Issue 23 - Sept 2015

In this edition...

  • Awards shortlist highlights partnerships for better care

  • Oxford innovation gets national recognition

  • EVENT: Get Physical: be active, stay healthy

  • TEST BEDS: submission update

  • SUSTAINABILITY: Carbon & Energy Trust partnership

  • Expectations exceeded at our first Alumni Summit

  • EVENT: TTIP and life sciences

  • BEST CARE: Invitations open for new clinical networks

  • COMING SOON: Key dates this month and beyond

  • FUNDING: Latest opportunities

  • JOBS: Latest opportunities

Our awards shortlist highlights partnerships for better care

Three successful partnerships have been shortlisted for the Oxford AHSN Best Public-Private Collaboration prize. The shortlisted entries (in no particular order) are:
  • The DIABLO consortium
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, Cranfield University and Cascade Technologies Ltd - Rapid detection of C. difficile infection at point of care applying laser sensor technology to healthcare
  • Isansys Lifecare and Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Remote monitoring technology capturing real-time patient observation data wirelessly enabling more home-based care being tested in NHS hospitals including Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Collaboration between the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, the National Institute for Health Research and P1vital
Developing an ‘emotional test battery’ leading to better treatment for depression through a new drug and quicker and more effective support in primary care following diagnosis
The winner will be announced during the OBN Awards night on 1 October. The Oxford AHSN Best Public-Private Collaboration prize is now in its second year. The 2014 winner was Cranfield University/Bedford Hospital for a diagnostic tool to measure bone density in the community.
See the full OBN awards shortlist here >

Oxford innovation gets national recognition

NHS England Chair Sir Malcolm Grant and AHSN Network Chair Rachel Munton at NHS Expo 2015The gestational diabetes digital monitoring system accelerated and spread by the Oxford AHSN was an example of innovation highlighted by a Government minister at a major NHS event.
Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP – who was a guest at our Alumni Summit in July – highlighted the role of AHSNs in "helping to catalyse economic growth at the same time as driving improvements in the quality and efficiency of care" during his speech at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester last week. The AHSN Network had a strong presence at the event which was hosted by NHS England. Read more here >
NHS England Chair Prof Sir Malcolm Grant was among those to visit the AHSN Network stand. He is pictured above with AHSN Network Chair Rachel Munton.

EVENT: Get Physical: be active, stay healthy

The importance of NHS staff health and wellbeing was stressed by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens in a major speech earlier this month.

His message chimes with a key event the Oxford Academic Health Science Network is running with County Sports Partnerships in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Berkshire, and Public Health England.

‘Get Physical: be active, stay health’ takes place on 9 December at the Oxford Belfry, Milton Common. Details here >. It will explore how physical activity can be incorporated into the daily lives of NHS staff and patients.

TEST BEDS: Submission update

The Oxford AHSN and Wessex AHSN are continuing to work on a joint submission to the NHS England test bed programme. Our focus is ‘Keeping people well and out of hospital using digital, diagnostics and precision medicine innovation’.
We are in the process of identifying lead organisations and innovators to improve patient outcomes, experience and safety and deliver value for money in four key clinical areas:
  • Better outcomes for people with long-term conditions
  • Reducing hospital admissions for children
  • Improving quality of life for people with respiratory disease
  • Improving the stroke care pathway
During September we are hosting three briefing events for clinicians, patients and commissioners. More information here >
Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Prof Gary Ford said: “Without the support of commissioners, clinical leaders and patients we will not see the wholesale adoption of innovations that keep people well and out of hospital.”
Further information:

SUSTAINABILITY: Carbon and Energy Trust partnership

Following the initial findings of our sustainability benchmarking project
(see Issue 17, March 2015, of this newsletter), the Oxford AHSN and the Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF) have signed an agreement to collaborate on projects identified by the AHSN for further development. This includes the original projects, detailed below. The Oxford AHSN has established a working group which meets quarterly to support the sustainability programme and to look at new opportunities together.
Projects recommended for feasibility (including estimated cost savings opportunity, investment and tonnes of carbon saved):
  • Great Western Hospital - £4.8m investment to realise annual savings of £1m and 5,000tCO2
  • Frimley Health - £5.7m / £1.6m / 5,800tCO2
  • Bucks Healthcare / Bucks New University - £9m / £2.4m / 13,000tCO2
  • Oxford Health / Oxford Brookes / Oxford University Hospitals - £1.6m / £400k / 2,200tCO2

Expectations exceeded at our first Alumni Summit

Prof Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford, addresses the first Oxford AHSN Alumni Summit
As reported in last month’s newsletter, our first Alumni Summit in July was a great success with much positive feedback from delegates, many of whom crossed the Atlantic to attend. Speaker presentations from the event can now be viewed by clicking on the name links here. A conference report should be available later this month, along with a summary video. Meanwhile we’re starting to plan for a follow-up Summit in 2017...

EVENT: TTIP and life sciences

The transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US is one of the most prominent topics on the political trade and investment agenda. Given its importance, TTIP is likely to have a huge impact on the broader UK life science and healthcare sectors, including businesses, research institutes, hospitals, workers and patients alike. We are a hosting a meeting on 24 September to explore these issues in more detail.
Attendance free by invitation. Further details here >

BEST CARE: Invitations open for new clinical networks

The Oxford AHSN set up ten clinical networks in 2014, initially funded for two years, 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.
We are starting a review process to identify the clinical networks that we will support from 2016-2018. As part of this, we are inviting potential new networks to come forward with their ideas and initiatives. The deadline for applications is 24 September. Interviews will take place on 5/6 October. Further information

Forthcoming clinical network events:
16 Sep – Dementia variation, details >
30 Sep – Psychological medicine for palliative care (Comorbidity), details >
1 Oct – Psychological medicine for oncology (Comorbidity), details >

COMING SOON...Key dates this month and beyond

24 SepStratified medicine competition briefing and networking event (further details below)
6 OctEntrepreneur Programme – spaces still available
12 OctNovel markers and technology for better patient care NEW DATE
26 Oct – We are launching a new course ‘Practical innovating in healthcare settings’ with Bucks New University. Find out more at a special open evening. More on this in next month’s newsletter

FUNDING: Latest opportunities
Diagnostic products and services for use in stratified medicine

A competition to promote the development of new diagnostic products and services for use in stratified medicine opened this week. The SBRI/Innovate UK fund of up to £10m aims to accelerate and/or increase the development and adoption of innovative diagnostic tools in order to offer better targeted treatment to patients within the UK healthcare system. It also aims to demonstrate the benefits of companies working within the UK ‘enabling infrastructure', which is made up of specialist organisations that can help companies understand healthcare needs and design, evaluate and deliver their products and services into the NHS.
Webinar: 15 September, 10-11.30am - details here >
Networking event: 24 September, 2-4.30pm - details here >


NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes

The 2015 NHS Innovation Challenge Prize programme aims to identify innovations – including new care pathways, services or technologies – that have potential for widescale spread and adoption. This first wave of funding focuses on cancer care, along with an ‘acorn’ fund for smaller scale initiatives that could have big impacts. Oxford AHSN can support and advise applicants in finalising their submissions. The deadline for applications is 14 September.

Oxford Trust Enterprise awards

The Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards recognise contributions in science, technology and innovation. Deadline: 11 September. Prizes total £10,000.

SBRI Healthcare annual review

SBRI Healthcare, run by the 15 Academic Health Science Networks, has funded ten businesses in our region to the tune of £7m+. Find out more in the SBRI Healthcare Annual Review 2014/15 which namechecks the Oxford AHSN (p13) and includes a case study (p14/15) of our partners Isansys Lifecare, one of the shortlisted entries in our awards, see above.

JOBS: Latest opportunities...

…include Living Well Programme Manager and Patient Safety Manager - details here >
Partner opportunities include: Chief Executive and Director of Business Development, OBN

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in October

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