Around 50 frontline NHS staff from across the Oxford AHSN region took part in the ‘Practical innovating in healthcare settings’ programme during 2016. 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.
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
Here’s what some people have to say about the Innovation 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 totalling 12 full days over a year. Read the Innovation Programme brochure or find out more about the programme content here. Students are awarded 60 level 7 M-level credits (PGCert) when they complete the programme. These can be used towards future study.
The Innovation Programme’s first cohort are pictured left. Some of them also feature in the video above. They started in February 2016 and graduate in February 2017.
The Innovation Programme 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.
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