Hospital clinicians from a wide range of medical backgrounds came together with patients and innovators from industry and universities at the second of seven partner showcases co-hosted by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) during May 2016.
Approximately 50 people attended the event which took place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital on 12 May.
They were welcomed by Jean O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of Oxford AHSN’s Patient Safety group. Jean emphasised the importance of clinical collaboration in creating opportunities for innovators which will ultimately benefit patients.
She told the audience: “The work being undertaken by Oxford AHSN is encouraging wider spread and adoption of innovative medicines, diagnostics, devices and digital applications across the whole region that are making a difference to patients and reducing costs.”
Dr Paul Durrands, Chief Operating Officer at the Oxford AHSN, then set the scene with an overview of the breadth of collaborative work across the Oxford AHSN region.
This was demonstrated in the wide-ranging presentations by the clinical leaders of some of the Oxford AHSN’s workstreams along with industry and university partners. Topics covered included addressing variation in children’s services, developments in capillary film technology, commercialising life sciences research, establishing a regional clinical trials unit and research in the emergency department.
There were also updates from the Oxford AHSN’s Patient Safety theme and Clinical Innovation Adoption programme. Dr Durrands explained its role was to help the NHS move from a position where it is good at adopting innovation somewhere to a situation where this happens at pace and scale across the system.
Dr Liza Keating, Consultant in the Emergency Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital gave an informative and engaging presentation highlighting research taking place in the department. The Trust has recruited over 10,000 participants into clinical research over the last two years, placing it as the second highest recruiting district general hospital in England.
In summing up, Paul Durrands said the presentations demonstrated the value of the network in bringing clinicians and entrepreneurs together to improve quality, outcomes for patients and efficiencies in the system.
Jean O’Callaghan closed the event thanking all who had attended.