There are many opportunities for NHS staff to share ideas and develop skills through the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, according to Dr Tina Kenny, the Medical Director of Buckinghamshire Healthcare.
Dr Kenny said: “If you have even the tiniest idea or spark of innovation, don’t think it’s too small.”
She was speaking at the end of the third of seven Oxford AHSN events showcasing the benefits to patients of collaborations between industry, universities and the NHS.
Around 30 people attended the showcase at Wycombe Hospital on 16 May which was co-hosted with Buckinghamshire Healthcare. They were welcomed by Neil Dardis, the Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare and Chair of the Oxford AHSN Clinical Innovation Adoption Oversight Group.
Prof Gary Ford, pictured above, Chief Executive of the Oxford AHSN, gave an overview of the depth and breadth of collaboration across the Oxford AHSN region.
This was demonstrated in more detailed presentations covering variation in children’s services, the creation of a Bucks Life Sciences Innovation Centre, a new practical course at Bucks New University for clinical innovators, tackling pressure ulcers in patients with spinal injuries and an inflammatory arthritis project.