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Newsletter Issue 15 - Jan 2015

In this edition...

  • Our clinical networks are raising standards

  • We're at the heart of successful innovation

  • Some more recent success stories

  • New Year's Honours for services to health and education

  • We've moved

  • Coming soon

  • Another winner

  • Public involvement update

  • Patient safety update

Our clinical networks raise standards

Two of our ten Clinical Networks – which are raising standards across key areas of healthcare – held successful launch events in December.
 
The Oxford AHSN Children’s Network is ideally placed to bring together clinicians, academics and industry to improve children's health outcomes, according to co-lead Prof Andrew Pollard. The Children’s Network launch event in Saunderton, Bucks, on 15 December brought together about 80 clinicians, researchers, patients and carers.

Prof Neena Modi, President of the Academic Paediatrics Association, described the new network as ‘trailblazers’. There was strong patient input, in particular, around meningitis and cystic fibrosis. Prof Pollard’s co-lead Dr Craig McDonald set out the Network’s key priorities:
  • reducing variation in immunisation – with a particular focus on flu vaccination for 2-4 year-olds
  • improving access to research across all hospitals within the Oxford AHSN area
  • promoting adoption of innovation
  • improving equity in service delivery by reducing variation in the assessment and treatment of children across the Oxford AHSN region.
Oxford AHSN children's network flu nursesYou can download Dr McDonald’s presentation here
 
Children’s nurses Julie Wild, left, and Liz Davis, who have joined the Oxford AHSN to lead the flu vaccination campaign in 2-4 year-olds, explained how they have produced best practice guidance based on the techniques used by the GP practices with the best take-up rates last year - and how this is helping to improve take-up in other practices.
 
The Anxiety and Depression Network was launched two days later by Lord Layard, Director of the Wellbeing programme at the London School of Economics, who congratulated the Oxford AHSN for prioritising mental health. The event focused on three priorities:
  • Improving clinical outcomes in adult services – improving overall recovery rates and reducing variability for people having psychological therapies
  • Disseminating clinical innovations
  • Improving clinical outcomes in services for children and young people.
There were many presentations demonstrating good practice across the Oxford AHSN region – and there were opportunities to swap ideas informally at the end of the main event. The launch ended with a personal take on how talking therapies makes a difference to real lives.
 
Click here to see presentations from the Anxiety and Depression Clinical Network launch event
  • The Oxford AHSN Early Intervention in Mental Health Clinical Network holds its launch event on 31 March 2015 – book your place here

We're at the heart of successful innovation

•	Dr Al Edwards of CFT, centre, with the Oxford AHSN’s Julie Hart and Hugh PenfoldThe Oxford AHSN acted as ‘matchmaker’ bringing together innovative clinicians working on a rapid test to diagnose heart attack which has won £1m funding. Our Wealth Creation team helped Capillary Film Technology (CFT) – a new company linked to Reading University – make the right connections with the NHS including Bucks cardiologist Dr Piers Clifford. The heart attack test has now received £1m from SBRI Healthcare.

Dr Al Edwards of CFT, is pictured above (centre) with the Oxford AHSN’s Julie Hart and Hugh Penfold. Oxford AHSN Chief Operating Officer Dr Paul Durrands said: “The Oxford AHSN brought together a leading academic with a leading clinician to develop an outstanding health technology for the benefit of NHS patients. This is a great example of how NHS clinicians, universities and emerging UK health tech SMEs can be connected by Academic Health Science Networks.” Read more >>>
  • You can hear more from CFT at the OBN Diagnostics and Precision Medicine Company Showcase on 20 January – details here >>>
Eugene Ong with a Tutemate pageAn online tutorial booking system connecting healthcare professionals, developed by an Oxford doctor and supported by the Oxford AHSN, has won an award. The Oxford AHSN’s Wealth Creation team has helped Dr Eugene Ong, pictured right, develop Tutemate by advising on commercialisation, software and developing a customer base. The system which organises medical teaching won the top prize in the Innovation category of the Oxford University Hospitals’ Staff Recognition Awards. Tutemate now has 3000+ users and has organised over 2000 tutorials.

The Oxford AHSN sees the development of a new generation of NHS-based health innovators and entrepreneurs as a key requirement in helping to transform the NHS culture around innovation, while also giving clinical innovators and entrepreneurs the tools and skills they need. To that end, supported by Health Education Thames Valley, we’re running a four-day boot camp for clinical entrepreneurs in March. Places strictly limited.
Want to know more? Contact hugh.penfold@oxfordahsn.org

 
It’s back! Applications open on 9 January for the latest phase of the 2023 Challenge which aims to champion bright ideas from the NHS frontline.
Click here to find out who won last time and more about this year’s competition.

Some more recent success stories

New Year's Honours for services to health and education

Among those honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours were:
  • Prof Sir John Bell, pictured, who was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) for services to medicine, medical research and the life science industry. Read more here >>>
  • Prof Ruth Farwell, Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University, who received a CBE for services to higher education. Read more here >>>
  • Andrew Morris OBE, Chief Executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, who received a knighthood for services to the NHS.

We've moved

We are now based in the Magdalen Centre at the heart of the Oxford Science Park.
Full address below.
Tel. 01865 784944
Click here for map >>>
Magdalen Centre

Coming soon

26 Jan: 4.30-7pm – more details confirmed for our free digital health workshop in Bucks
 
3-4 February – we are sponsoring Biotech & Money - Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Prof Gary Ford is a speaker

Another winner

Another winner at the Oxford University Hospitals Staff Recognition Awards (see above) was the Psychological Medicine team which won the Team of the Year. The team is led by Prof Michael Sharpe who heads the Oxford AHSN Comorbidity Network.  

Public involvement updatePPIEE workshop December 2014

The first Oxford AHSN Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience (PPIEE) workshop on 17 December was a great success.
 
The 16 attendees included representatives from the Oxford AHSN Best Care programme – including the Clinical Networks, our Clinical Innovation Adoption programme, Patient Safety Academy and the University of West London College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare. Speakers included Dr Jacqui Hussey and patient and carer members of the Younger People With Dementia charity in Berkshire.
 
Michael Seres, a patient and innovator, shared his personal story as a bowel transplant patient who created a stoma sensor device called Ostom-i Alert from his hospital bed – and the importance of embedding genuine patient and public involvement.
 
Attendees’ feedback included this: ‘like a stick of rock – PPIEE should be all the way through’. 

More workshops are planned to spread this learning – dates will be advertised on our website.
Further information: sarah.pyne@oxfordahsn.org

Patient safety update

Patient safety was the focus of the 2014 Reith Lectures. Dr Atul Gawande’s four broadcasts covered: Why do doctors fail?, The century of the system, The problem of hubris and the idea of wellbeing.
You can hear all episodes and read the transcripts here >>>

Look out for the next Oxford AHSN newsletter in early February

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