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Practical innovating in healthcare settings

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network is working with Buckinghamshire New University to deliver a new course: ‘Practical innovating in healthcare settings’. We have created this programme to assist frontline healthcare staff in identifying innovations and innovative projects that deliver improved quality of care for patients, sustainability and cost-effectiveness to the NHS. This course has been funded and supported by Health Education England Thames Valley and is free to healthcare staff whose applications are successful.

The programme is open to colleagues who work in an NHS organisation who can engage with innovation, service improvement and service redesign.

clinical innovators cohort 1 spring 2016

The first cohort of clinical innovators, April 2016

The first cohort of this programme started in February 2016 and will complete in January 2017. The participants are pictured left.

The second cohort of the programme runs from September 2016 to June 2017. To register your interest in joining the programme please register here.

Read the course brochure here

The ‘Practical innovating in healthcare settings’ programme has two modules:

  • Module One ‘An introduction to clinical innovation in healthcare settings’
  • Module TwoDelivering and sustaining innovation in healthcare settings’

The programme includes:

  1. Defining and distinguishing clinical innovations and service redesign (developing theoretical analytical skills)
  2. Understanding processes of change management and spread of innovation using validated change management models (people management)
  3. Using systematic tools to diagnose opportunities and obstacles to innovation (developing systematic approaches to assessing readiness for innovation adoption)
  4. Using the PDSA cycle to systematically implement and monitor innovation deployment
  5. Using run and control charts to understand/interpret variation and monitor impact of innovation (using local data to inform decision making and effectiveness)
  6. Assimilating innovation into practice (what is and is not working and why)
  7. Project management (using a systematic approach to project management including timelines and setting, meeting and modifying objectives).

Students who complete the ‘Practical innovating in healthcare settings’ programme and pass the assignments will gain 60 Level 7 (Masters Level) academic credits which can be used towards the completion of a full Master’s degree at Buckinghamshire New University.

Further information:

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