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Clinicians seize networking opportunities

Almost 200 clinicians from across the Oxford AHSN region and beyond came together for three wide-ranging learning and networking opportunities.

The collaboratives covering emergency departments, maternity and neonatal services and emergency surgery are developing into effective focal points for sharing best practice towards improved patient outcomes.

The longest established is the maternity shared learning events. These began in 2016 with the fifth one held on 27 February. It was run by the Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative with the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network and attended by almost 100 people drawn from various maternity and neonatal roles at all hospitals in the Oxford AHSN region.

National speakers included Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Head of Maternity, Children & Young People at NHS England and National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health. There were many other contributions highlighting quality improvement and patient safety initiatives across the region.

Sam FosterOxford University Hospitals’ Chief Nurse Sam Foster, pictured left, was among the speakers at the fourth meeting of the regional emergency department collaborative on 8 March. Set up in 2017, it brings together multi-disciplinary ED teams – along with colleagues in the ambulance service and primary care – to work across services, sectors and specialties. More here.

Surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, matrons, specialist nurses, physiotherapists and other senior staff from multi-disciplinary teams in five NHS trusts across the Oxford AHSN region came together on 4 March to continue their shared work to improve care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy surgery. Colleagues from Swindon, Leeds and Portsmouth also shared their experiences during the meeting.

Started in 2018, this is one of seven national programmes for spread and adoption championed by all AHSNs. This was the second time the Oxford AHSN emergency laparotomy collaborative had come together. The next meeting takes place on 3 June. Further information from Andrew Leary.

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