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Issue 29 - March 2016

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In this edition...

  • Working together for a healthy future

  • Roadshows programme takes shape

  • Our latest progress report is on its way

  • We're part of successful Health New Towns project

  • Help us build a picture of digital health

  • Biodesign fellowships for medtech solutions

  • £10m available for new vaccine initiatives

  • Technology showcase: challenges in chronic disease

  • We're working with J&J on joint priorities

  • Precision Medicine Catapult opens up opportunities

  • Translating research into business workshop

  • We're supporting NHS entrepreneurs

  • Innovators course is under way

  • Maternity Clinical Network facilitates shared learning

  • Conference spotlights real world patient safety solutions

  • Remembering Mark Stone

  • New project puts spotlight on living well

  • Second Leading Together course starts this week

  • Coming soon

Working together for a healthy future

by Professor Gary Ford, Chief Excutive, Oxford AHSN

Welcome to the latest updates from the Oxford AHSN. There is mixed news this month. We were delighted that a blueprint to put health and wellbeing at the heart of new housing development in Bicester was one of ten projects across England included in the Healthy New Towns initiative unveiled by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens. The Oxford AHSN has been - and will continue to be - a key partner in this exciting project.

Sadly, we also report the death of Mark Stone. Mark was an outstanding patient leader who brought an invaluable patient perspective to so many of our projects. We will greatly miss his perceptive observations and vital contributions but his legacy lives on in our networks and projects.

Read more about Healthy New Towns, Mark Stone and much more below.

Roadshows programme takes shape

We’re holding a series of roadshows with our partners in May to showcase the work of all in the Oxford AHSN. Each event is from 4-6pm with input from the NHS, academia and industry with a tailored local focus. Dates confirmed so far include:
  • 9 May – Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital Academic Centre
  • 12 May – Reading, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Technical Education Centre
  • 17 May – Wokingham, Easthampstead Park Conference Centre
  • 19 May – Didcot, Milton Park
  • 25 May – Oxford, Warneford Hospital
  • 26 May – Milton Keynes, University Hospital
  • tbc – Buckinghamshire
More details next month and on the Oxford AHSN website.

Our latest progress report is on its way

We’re finalising our latest quarterly progress report. It will include case studies on improvements in memory clinics for dementia patients, training in new techniques to help patients get the most from their medicines and efforts to reduce failure to return rates on acute mental health wards. It’s due out in the next few weeks.
In the meantime you can read the previous report here.


NW Bicester Healthy New Town development
We’re part of successful Healthy New Towns project

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has announced plans to create ten NHS-supported ‘healthy new towns‘ across the country including two in Oxfordshire. The aim is for health and wellbeing to be designed into their construction. The successful bid for the NW Bicester development, pictured above, is a collaboration of over 20 organisations including the Oxford AHSN. Read more here.
Help us build a picture of digital health

Over the last few months the Oxford AHSN, in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Isis Innovation, has been undertaking a detailed digital health mapping exercise. As part of this project we would like all interested in digital health in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire to complete a short survey. Read more here.
Biodesign fellowships for medtech solutions to unmet health needs
Are you interested in healthcare technology and innovation? Would you like support to develop a medtech solution to an unmet healthcare need? The University of Oxford is looking to recruit four Fellows for its new Biodesign Programme. Fellows will identify, invent and implement a novel healthcare digital technology product. The programme is linked to a biodesign programme at Stanford University which has produced over 30 flourishing medtech companies over the last 15 years. Fellowship applications close on 31 March. Read more here.

£10m available for new vaccine initiatives
A new SBRI competition aims to stimulate the development of vaccines for priority infectious diseases, vaccine platform technology, manufacturing technologies that allow the rapid manufacture of vaccines in low income settings. Deadline 27 April. Read more here.

Technology showcase will focus on big challenges in chronic disease
Technology Showcase 6 July 2016
The Oxford AHSN is teaming up with Isis Innovation and the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre on an event highlighting healthcare innovations from academia, industry and the NHS. Read more here.
We’re working with Johnson & Johnson on joint priorities
Oxford AHSN Chief Exec Prof Gary Ford speaking at joint meeting with Johnson & Johnson
The senior management teams from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson and the Oxford AHSN met in February to review ongoing progress within our joint strategic partnership. We are working together across a number of themes with both sides focusing on delivering tangible outcomes for patients. Joint projects include the uptake of medicines, innovation, digital health and opportunities around medical devices. This group meets twice a year. Read more here.
Precision Medicine Catapult Oxford base opens up opportunities
Oxford was designated as a Centre of Excellence under the Precision Medicine Catapult towards the end of 2015. Since then we have been working closely with the Catapult team and our partners to identify projects that could be supported through the Catapult. Some exciting opportunities have been proposed through our partners across the development, evaluation and adoption pathway. These span disease areas including asthma, cancer, dementia, diabetes, mental health and stroke. More information on the expertise and capabilities of our partners in precision medicine can be found in this Oxford AHSN document.
Translating research into business: an Oxford AHSN workshop
BioTrinity 2016 logo
We’re hosting a workshop at the international BioTrinity conference next month. It will explore opportunities and challenges related to open innovation and the approaches to drug discovery most likely to attract investment. The workshop features expert input from the Structural Genomics Consortium. Details here. We’re supporting NHS entrepreneurs
The latest Oxford AHSN Entrepreneur Programme – a key part of our commitment to foster a culture of innovation in the NHS – gets under way this month. The course at Henley Business School follows two successful similar ones last year. More details here or watch the video below.
Introducing the Oxford AHSN Entrepreneur Programme, see above.


Innovators course is under way
Our course designed to help NHS innovators started last month. All 30 places have been taken, but there is a chance to join a rerun in the autumn.
More details here.    Register for the autumn course here.


Maternity Clinical Network facilitates shared learning
Maternity staff across the Oxford AHSN region came together to share experiences through the Maternity Clinical Network. More details here.


Conference puts spotlight on real world patient safety solutions
We’re putting the finishing touches to the agenda of the Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative annual conference on 21 April. It will highlight collaborative work and innovations under the heading: Patient safety – strategies for the real world. More details here.
  • The title is shared with a new book co-authored by our Patient Safety Lead Prof Charles Vincent. You can download a free copy here.

Patient Leader Mark StonePPIEE

Remembering Mark Stone
Mark Stone was an integral contributor to our Patient Involvement, Engagement and Experience work. His work was acknowledged when he was included in a top 50 list of national patient leaders last year. Mark was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2012 and died earlier this year.
Read a tribute to Mark here.
New project puts spotlight on living well
We're working with Science Oxford on a new project to build knowledge, understanding and better ways of engaging people to help them live well.
More details here.
Second Leading Together course starts this week
The second Leading Together cohort come together for the first time in Oxford this week. The unique training brings patients and clinicians together to plan future services. It will be run six times across southern England this year with 120 people taking part. More details here.

Other news

Oxford AHSN team news

  • James Brannan is joining Oxford AHSN on a permanent basis as Head of Informatics
  • Damian Haywood, formerly Out of Hospital Care Clinical Network Manager, is now Senior Clinical Trial Manager at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Martin Leaver is joining Oxford AHSN on a permanent basis as Head of Communications

Latest partner resources

  • Oxford Brookes Health and Life Sciences Faculty and Research Update includes items on the Oxford Institute of Nursing and Allied Health Research. Read it here.
  • NIHR CLAHRC Oxford first newsletter.
  • NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands Network news
  • The NIHR Dissemination Centre helps clinicians, commissioners and patients make informed decision about the most effective treatments and practices. Find the latest summaries and reports here.

Coming soon

  • 15 March R&D biosciences showcase, Milton Park. Details here
  • 16 March Digital health and biodesign, Oxford. Details here
  • 7-8 April Ideal Collaboration Evaluating innovation in surgery and therapeutics, Oxford. Details here *Oxford AHSN sponsored event*

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in April

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