Information and Networking Exhibition

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The aim of the Academic Health Science Network is to “align education, clinical research, informatics, training and education and healthcare delivery” and “to improve patient and population health outcomes by translating research into practice and developing and implementing integrated health care systems”.

Oxford AHSN is one of 15 chosen Networks in the country and covers a population of 3.3m, including Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes), Berkshire and Bedfordshire – it was designated in May 2013.

The pace of designation has been rapid and questions have arisen about whether this is at odds with the time required to establish productive partnerships. However, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) continues to adapt rapidly to the changing healthcare environment and has long, well established links to universities across the Thames Valley. There have been several innovative initiatives across the region spanning primary and secondary care, acute and mental health, as well as the NHS and universities.

Psychological medicine spans the divide between mental and physical health and partnership working has produced several rapid improvements to care quality and diffusion of expertise. The Older People’s Mental Health Liaison Team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, set up in 2011, was the first fully commissioned multidisciplinary psychological medicine service in the area. As the OPMHLT service had already established partnerships across the region, the clinical Lead for OPMHLT, Dr. Luke Solomons, coordinated the Mental and Physical Health Interface: Information and Networking Exhibition at Reading University on 23/7/2013 to showcase ongoing work and inspire innovation. He worked closely with BHFT Medical Director, Dr. Justin Wilson; Prof. Michael Sharpe, Professor of Psychological Medicine at University of Oxford and Dr. Laurie Butler from Reading University.

The event was well attended with over 200 delegates from across the AHSN area, 25 exhibitors from industry, voluntary sector, NHS and university. The National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Dr. Geraldine Strathdee spoke at the event and praised the innovative work being carried out, especially the primary care interface services and GPs leading on psychological approaches in Long Term Conditions in conjunction with IAPT. Prof. Michael Sharpe delivered the keynote speech. He described how modern medical care must address the triple challenge of delivering patient-centred care; improving patient outcomes and reducing medical costs and to do this for patients with increasing rates of medical-psychiatric comorbidity. 

Being a very new organisation, several delegates raised questions about the future of the AHSN and how the momentum could be maintained. A number of follow up events are being planned and will be announced in the Autumn.

If you were unable to attend the event, you can view video footage of the lectures via the Speaker's page, just click on the image of the speaker to view. Details of all exhibitors can also be viewed in the Exhibitors section of the MPHI website.

We would very much appreciate delegate feedback relating to the event, if you have time to complete a short survey, we would be very grateful if you could please share your views.