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Innovating in healthcare settings programme

Around 50 frontline NHS staff from across the Oxford AHSN region took part in the ‘Innovating in healthcare settings’ programme during 2016. The next course starts in September 2017.

The unique free programme aims to help healthcare staff identify and introduce innovations that deliver better patient care and improve cost-effectiveness for the NHS. Innovations developed on the programme include:

  • Enabling independence on a hip fracture unit
  • Reducing infection following caesarean section
  • Implementing pneumatic compression device for stroke patients.

Here’s what some people have to say about the Innovating in healthcare settings programme:

“This course has given me some additional skills which means that when I want to make changes I can do that in a more effective way. My message to anyone considering applying for the course is: ‘Go for it!’ You will learn an awful lot!”

Sandra Richards, Clinical Midwifery Manager, Great Western Hospital, Swindon

“Through our partnership with Oxford AHSN we now have greater opportunities to learn from best practice. Our staff can adopt innovations more quickly and our patient care is improving as a result.”

Neil Dardis, Chief Executive, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

The programme comprises two modules totaling 12 full days over a year.

  • Read the course brochure here
  • More details on the course content here
clinical innovators cohort 1 spring 2016

The Innovation Programme cohort 1, April 2016

The first students on the programme are pictured left. Some of them also feature in the video above. They started in February 2016 and graduated in February 2017.

The course was established by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network with Bucks New University, with funding from Health Education England Thames Valley. It is delivered at the Bucks New University High Wycombe campus.

Participating NHS organisations:

  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Further information: lauren.davis@oxfordahsn.org

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