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Issue 34 | September 2016

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LAST CALL TO HAVE YOUR SAY IN NATIONAL SURVEY


Time is running out to have your say in an independent national survey of Academic Health Science Networks.
Your feedback will help paint a picture of how well the Oxford AHSN is doing in bringing together the NHS, universities and industry to spread innovation, improve patient outcomes and encourage economic growth.
The survey, run by YouGov on behalf of NHS England, takes ten minutes. The deadline to complete it is this Friday 16 September.

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  • Read about our current activities in mental health here >

In this edition

  • Partners positive about role and impact of Oxford AHSN

  • Study assesses added value of Oxford AHSN

  • Shortlist revealed for Oxford AHSN collaboration award

  • Patient film about MRI scans wins national recognition

  • Workplace wellbeing roadshows: booking now

  • Best Care Clinical Networks updates

  • Coming soon: pick of the latest events

  • AHSNs create new online resource

  • Postgrad certificate in patient safety

  • Latest partner newsletters

Partners positive about the role
and impact of Oxford AHSN

 
The vast majority of Oxford Academic Health Science Network stakeholders believe it is having a positive impact in the region.

Oxford AHSN Stakeholder perceptions audit by ComResFour in five (80%) of the 563 respondents in an independent survey of Oxford AHSN partners, carried out by the leading research consultancy ComRes, agreed that the network is building a culture of collaboration and partnership. This compares to three in five (61%) in a national survey of AHSNs carried out last year.

The latest results suggest an increasing awareness and appreciation of Oxford AHSN and its work with a diverse range of partners across the NHS, patient groups, universities and industry. Read more here >

OHE report assessing added value of Oxford AHSNStudy assesses added
value of Oxford AHSN


The Office of Health Economics Consulting and RAND Europe carried out a detailed analysis to assess the added value of the Oxford AHSN in four specific areas:
  • anxiety & depression recovery rates
  • improving referral pathways for preterm babies
  • carbon reduction energy project
  • spread of intermittent pneumatic compression stockings for stroke patients
The report provides evidence that the Oxford AHSN is capable of promoting high quality NHS care and delivering projects which improve patient outcomes at a cost that appears to represent good value for money.
Read more here >

Shortlist revealed for Oxford AHSN collaboration award

Three initiatives have been shortlisted for the third annual Oxford Academic Health Science Network Public-Private Collaboration Award. The prize aims to acknowledge innovative partnerships between universities, industry and the NHS which will ultimately benefit patients. The shortlist is:
  • Abbott Point of Care with the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – projects include diagnostic testing in acute and community settings.
  • McLaren Applied Technologies with the University of Oxford – improving efficiency of patient care and optimising the treatment journey for serious conditions.
  • The Structural Genomics Consortium and the pharmaceutical industry – supporting the discovery of new medicines through open access research.
Read more here >       Find out the winner in next month’s newsletter!

Get Physical
WORKPLACE WELLBEING ROADSHOWS EXTEND 'GET PHYSICAL' REMIT


A series of roadshows take place in November for senior managers in the public and private sector focusing on improvements to health and wellbeing in the workplace. They are hosted by some of the largest employers in our region: Johnson & Johnson, Vodafone, BMW and Unipart. Further information and registration details here. These events form part of the Get Physical programme launched in 2015.
Having an MRI scan at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

PATIENT FILM  ABOUT MRI SCANS WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION


A film to inform patients about to undergo an MRI scan was highly commended in the BMA Patient Information Awards on 12 September. Click on the image above to watch it. The video, recorded at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, is part of a series made by the Oxford AHSN Imaging Network with Oxford Medical Illustration and partner trusts. The four completed so far have been watched 10,000 times on YouTube. See the films here.

BEST CARE CLINICAL NETWORKS UPDATES


Open Up About Medicines campaign logoTwo of the Oxford AHSN’s Best Care Clinical Networks are behind public health campaigns launched this month.
 
The Medicines Optimisation Network is working with GPs, pharmacists and CCGs on ‘Open Up About Medicines’. It aims to reduce medicines wastage and improve outcomes by encouraging patients to ‘open up’ in their interactions with GPs and pharmacists. Find out more in the video below.
 
Children's flu immunisation campaignThe Children’s Network is supporting the national children’s flu vaccine programme with an eye-catching website and a host of resources – including a unique version of snakes and ladders. The Children’s Network’s best practice tips have been incorporated in a new guide for GPs.


The Oxford AHSN’s latest clinical network – Respiratory – holds its launch event in Reading on 6 October: with a focus on asthma and COPD. Details here >.

Our Imaging Network has won national recognition for a film made by and for patients having an MRI scan, see above.

The Oxford AHSN Best Care Programme is about to publish its 2015/16 Annual Report demonstrating the impact of all eight clinical networks. More details here soon – and in next month's newsletter.
Open Up About Medicines campaign video

COMING SOON: PICK OF THE LATEST EVENTS SUPPORTED BY THE OXFORD AHSN


The Hill - Oxford's digital health hub19 September – We're hosting an event focusing on new NICE guidelines on sepsis. Read more

22 September – Latest launch event for The Hill, Oxford's new digital health hub. Read more

27-28 September – Oxford hosts a two-days diagnostics workshop. Read more

AHSNs CREATE NEW TOOL TO SPEED UP ADOPTION OF INNOVATION


England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have come together to deliver the AHSN Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare: an online tool that shares proven innovations that are making a positive difference both to people’s lives and NHS efficiency. It provides a snapshot of some of the country’s best healthcare innovations, describing the problems they were introduced to address and the impressive outcomes to date. The aim is to spread best practice and help speed and scale up the adoption of innovation across health and care. The Atlas includes this case study from the Oxford AHSN Dementia Clinical Network which coordinated significant improvements in memory clinic services. More case studies will be added soon.

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PATIENT SAFETY: FEEDBACK WANTED


The University of Oxford is seeking views on developing a postgraduate course in patient safety.

The course is being designed to appeal to nurses, doctors, managers and other healthcare professionals, and is based on the existing MSc in Surgical Science and Practice, which provides a foundation in lifelong leadership skills. Consideration is being given to including a postgraduate certificate option (including three of the six modules in the MSc) and opening recruitment to non-surgical professionals.

Give your feedback on the proposed part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety here.

Further information: ssp@conted.ox.ac.uk

LATEST PARTNER NEWSLETTERS


The latest edition of the University of Oxford magazine Blueprint includes an item on the emergence of Oxford University Innovation.

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in October

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