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Practical innovating in healthcare settings programme

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Around 50 frontline NHS staff from across the Oxford AHSN region are currently participating in the ‘Practical innovating in healthcare settings’ programme. The first cohort started early in 2016 with a second getting under way later in the year.

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 being 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. Module 1 study days 2017: 23/24 February, 23 March, 27 April, 25 May, 8 June. Read the course brochure or find out more about the programme content here. Students will be awarded 60 level 7 M-level credits (PGCert) when they complete the programme. These can be used towards future study.

clinical innovators cohort 1 spring 2016

The Innovation Programme cohort 1, April 2016

The Innovation Programme’s first cohort are pictured left. Some of them also feature in the video above. They started in February 2016 and will graduate in February 2017.

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

Expressions of interest are now invited for the third cohort of the Innovation Programme due to start in February 2017. Deadline for applications: Friday 23 December, 2pm.

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