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Issue 40 | March 2017


In this edition

  • Innovation centre secures £1.3m funding

  • VIDEO: what's it like for a child to have an ultrasound?

  • We're helping innovators trade with EU countries

  • We're showcasing success with our partners

  • Meet the lay partners helping shape our work

  • Agreement signed to develop 3 digital health products

  • Coming soon: see the pick of our latest events

  • Patient safety: towards better hydration

  • Partner news

  • Partner newsletters


Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed to provide £1.3m in capital funds to the new Buckinghamshire Life Sciences Innovation Centre.

It will support the development of products and innovations including medical devices, digital apps, virtual reality, 3D printing and robotics.

The project is led by the Buckinghamshire Life Sciences Partnership which brings together five organisations committed to encouraging innovators across industry, university and the NHS. They are:
  • Oxford AHSN
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Buckinghamshire New University
  • Buckinghamshire County Council
  • Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group
Lou Patten, Accountable Officer for NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: "Innovation in healthcare is absolutely essential to allow us to deliver the best outcomes for our patients. It helps our services to operate more efficiently and effectively and will potentially offer more ways to help prevent the onset of long-term conditions such as heart disease, supporting patients to live well for longer."

What’s it like for a child to have an ultrasound scan?

Ollie the robot, Ben the patient and Kate the doctor explain what happens when children go into hospital for an ultrasound scan in this short film. It is one of a series of patient information videos produced by the Oxford AHSN Imaging Network. In total they have had more than 12,000 views on YouTube.

Oxford AHSN to help industry and innovators trade with EU countries

The Oxford AHSN Clinical Innovation Adoption (CIA) programme has secured €248,000 funding from the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Health to deliver a comprehensive “one stop” information point for industry and innovators seeking to trade in EU countries.

The aim is to bring together in a single place key aspects of a country’s healthcare market, including market structure, regulation, how to provide a meaningful value proposition and reimbursement.

Tracey Marriott, Oxford AHSN's Director of Clinical Innovation Adoption, said: "The importance of finding ways to accelerate rapid market penetration of innovations, products and services and of working together has never been more pressing."

We're showcasing success with our partners

The Oxford AHSN and its partners are holding a series of events to showcase joint achievements over the previous 12 months and to look ahead. They are taking place at venues across our region in May/June 2017 including Bracknell, Harwell, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes and Oxford.

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Industry agreement signed to develop three digital health products.
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PATIENT SAFETY: Towards better hydration in care homes

Halloween hydration trolleyA quality improvement hydration project with residential and nursing homes is under way. It is led by The Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative and involves 150 residents in East Berkshire.

The aim is to reduce the number of urinary tract infections requiring antibiotics or admission to hospital following the introduction of a structured drinks round and a fluids diary. Around 50 staff have had three hours hydration training.

The homes have embraced the initiative with themed trolleys including one for Halloween, pictured above. This project is critical for the wellbeing of our frail and elderly population and is beginning to demonstrate improvement.

•  Nutrition and hydration week: 9-13 March. Read more here >

CLINICAL NETWORKS: National praise for dementia projects

Two projects led by the Oxford AHSN Dementia Clinical Network have won praise following presentations at a national conference.

Work to help spread support for younger people with dementia was presented at a Royal College of Psychiatrists’ (RCP) conference by Jacqui Hussey from Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Prof Martin Orrell told those attending: “I think this work has international importance and you should be flying the flag for Great Britain."

A regional collaborative approach which has successfully achieved a national ‘gold standard’ quality benchmark in all memory clinics in the Oxford AHSN region was highlighted at the same event by Maureen Cundell, who leads the project. In response Felicity Freeman, carer advisor on the RCP Memory Service National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP) accreditation panel, said: “The root and branch review you’ve done is very impressive.”


  • Brain diaries artworkInnovative £100m multidisciplinary science and technology research centre will have hub at Harwell Campus. Read more here >
  • Architecture students create designs for digital healthcare ideas lab. Read more here >
  • Frimley Health wins Get Berkshire Active workplace award. Read more here >   
  • Exhibition and linked events unlock mysteries of the brain. Read more here >


University of Oxford Evidence-Based Health Care programme

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Oxford Brookes University Health and Life Sciences

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NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre

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NIHR Clinical Research Centre TVSM

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Structural Genomics Consortium

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University of Oxford Blueprint

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Involvement Matters

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Innovation Forum

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