New health minister Lord Kamall met a host of healthcare innovators on a fact-finding visit to Oxford organised by the Oxford AHSN.
Lord Kamall and Matt Whitty, Chief Executive of the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative and Director for Innovation, Research and Life Sciences at NHS England, met key figures from the NHS, industry and research during their time at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Dr George Harston, Chief Medical and Innovation Officer at Brainomix, led a tour of part of the stroke pathway during a briefing on a region-wide initiative to harness AI technology to support clinical decision-making in stroke care.
The visit showcased two more initiatives:
- widespread adoption of a test to rule out pre-eclampsia in pregnancy which began life as a research project in Oxford – briefing led by Professor Manu Vatish, Professor of Obstetrics, University of Oxford
- rollout of a digital innovation to tackle insomnia and support NHS staff – briefing led by Professor Colin Espie, Founder of Big Health, the company behind Sleepio and Daylight.
The Oxford AHSN was represented by Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive, Dr Guy Rooney, Medical Director, and Dr Paul Durrands, Chief Operating Officer.