Academic Health Science Network workshops

England’s network of Academic Health Science Networks encourage whole-system improvement, now and in the future, by linking the NHS, academia and the commercial sector to ensure the best ideas can be developed and spread throughout the country.


Driving progress in health care through NHS research

Led by NIHR

Speakers: Gilly Howard-Jones, Lymphoma Clinical Nurse Specialist at University of Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow; Mr Mike Reed, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; and a representative of the National Cancer Research Institute’s Consumer Forum

This workshop will highlight the importance of clinical research in improving patient care and outcomes across the NHS. The three speakers will share their different experiences of how research contributes towards the development of the NHS and patient care. This will be followed by a Q&A panel session, chaired by Dr William van’t Hoff, Clinical Director for NHS Engagement at NIHR Clinical Research Network and Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


NIHR and industry – partners in innovation and technology in the NHS

Led by NIHR

Speakers: Robert Gray, Senior Research Fellow at Netscc; Divya Chadha Manek, NIHR Clinical Research Network; Martin Hunt, Director of NIHR Invention for Innovation Programme; and Dr Ian Newington,  NIHR Central Commissioning Facility 

As the research arm of the NHS, we partner with industry to drive and support the healthcare innovation and technology that will benefit patients now and in the future. Hear how the NIHR is the most integrated health research system in the world and, through examples of recent partnerships that have led to innovation in the NHS,we demonstrate how:

  • providing access to, and collaborating with, industry advances the global competitiveness of the clinical research infrastructure in the NHS.
  • funding the R&D of novel technologies, devices and interventions supports their clinical efficacy and safety for clinical trials and prototypes.

What can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy do for patient consultations?

Speakers: Dr Lindsey Roberts, Medicines Optimisation Clinical Network Manager at Oxford Academic Health Science Network; and Dan White, Specialist Clinical Pharmacist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

This presentation will describe pioneering work undertaken in the Oxford Academic Health Science Network geography and early evaluation of a new training programme for healthcare professionals. The programme aims to teach practical skills and techniques from the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy paradigm which can be readily adopted in routine consultations about medications, with a view to enhancing adherence to medication and optimising medication use.

Delegates will hear about the rationale behind the programme, the quantitative and qualitative results from an early pilot with community pharmacists from the region and the exciting future plans for the programme to be rolled out nationally.


Delivering the Five Year Forward View: Working collaboratively to prevent stroke

Speakers: Dr Anja Drebes, Haematology Consultant and clinical lead for anticoagulation and thrombosis at the Royal Free Hospital; and Helen Williams, Consultant Pharmacist for Cardiovascular Disease at a number of NHS organisations across South London.

This session will share examples of how innovative service redesign and technology impacts on the Atrial Fibrillation pathway in London. Workshop leaders will discuss the challenges in developing and deploying these service improvements and how these were overcome, and give valuable insight into the cost implications of pathway change.

Delegates will hear about developing common standards of care across primary and secondary, as well as collaborative IT solutions for discussing complex cases. They will also learn about experiences of developing shared guidance across care settings and the value gained from a co-funded, specialised CV pharmacist working across 12 CCGs as well as creating an integrated anticoagulation prescribing strategy.


Improving patient safety at the interfaces of care: The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) journey

Speaker: Deborah Evans, Managing Director, West of England AHSN

This session will explore the Safer Care through NEWS programme in the West of England, to which all of the acute trusts, out-of-hours GP services, mental health trusts, community service providers and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the region have signed up.

The use of early warning scores is being recommended in primary and community care settings and they are increasingly part of the lexicon for communication about physiology between all health care providers, enhancing and focusing the handover of technical information about patients, especially those at risk of deterioration.

This workshop will describe the vision for NEWS in the West of England, explore the journey and achievements so far (including the development of toolkits for both NEWS implementation and ED safety checklists), and examine the opportunities for innovation at the interfaces of care, such as electronic patient care records and alternative procurement pathways.


Accelerating the uptake of innovation in the NHS: The NHS Innovation Accelerator, a year on

Speakers: Charlie Davie, Managing Director, UCLPartners Academic Health Science Network and NHS Innovation Fellows

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has shown tremendous progress in delivering benefits to patients and improving value though innovation.  In just the first year, 17 Fellows have introduced their innovations to benefit patients across 345 NHS providers and commissioners and raising over £8m in revenue.

This workshop will share the case for innovation in system change demonstrating the impact adoption of innovation can have both on making financial savings as well as improving patient outcomes.  It will provide practical examples of adoption of technology and services, highlighting the barriers and challenges along the way and how these can be overcome.

Learn more about:

  • Innovation improving patient care and delivering cost savings across a system
  • Recognising demand for innovation – working with patients and their carers to define a need
  • Navigating the market for innovative solutions and approaches to working with patients and SMEs to develop solutions
  • Using AHSNs and other networks to support introductions

Co-creating a living lab for better dementia care in a 5G future

Speakers: Guy Boersma, Managing Director at Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network;  Peter Julius, Consultant and Partner at Public Intelligence, Dr Helen Rostill, Director of Innovation and Development at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

A unique opportunity to learn how a combination of Nordic “living lab” methodology and 5G technology is connecting multiple devices to improve care for people living with dementia. With 10 companies and 22 devices openly sharing data, there is potential to redefine healthcare data use in the NHS and worldwide.


Improving Quality in Care Homes

Speakers: Carol Roberts, CEO  at  PrescQIPP CIC; Deborah O’Callaghan, Regional Implementation Consultant at NICE; Jackie Smith, Care Home Clinical Pharmacist at PrescQIPP CIC; and Joanne Lowe, PrescQIPP Pharmacist project manager at PrescQIPP CIC,

Working in partnership with NICE over 200 Care Home managers have attended workshops aimed at:
• Offering support to care homes in their drive for quality
• To raise awareness of NICE guidance in the social care sector
• To direct them to tools available
• To question current practice in medicine management
• To develop action plans


The Innovation Pathway: The AHSNs as the interface between the NHS and Industry

Speakers: Seamus O’Neill, Managing Director at NENC AHSN; and Dr Steve Feast, Managing Director at EAHSN.

This session will cover the full range of specialist services provided by The Innovation Pathway and available to NHS Foundation Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, SMEs, innovators and businesses, to move good ideas and innovative products into commercial successes.
Hear from companies benefitting from these services and explore how AHSNs broker engagement between companies and the NHS to provide safe, effective technologies to improve healthcare and patient outcomes. The Innovation Pathway supports companies large and small to access expertise on product development, market positioning, access to finance including the role of SBRI and evidence generation amongst other services.


The Leading Together Programme: patients, carers, professionals and the public working together

Speakers: Douglas Findlay and Carol Munt, Co-Chairs of the Thames Valley Patient Experience Operational Group; Julie Brown from The Performance Coach; Sian Rees, Director for Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience at Oxford AHSN; and Mildred Foster from the Leading Together Programme

Come and discuss the challenges of creating effective dialogue between lay partners and professionals, the benefits of building innovative, co-produced solutions and how you can build on our experience of running the Leading Together Programme.