February Bulletin 2015
Welcome to the February Bulletin from the Knowledge Team. This month: Almost time to say goodbye! SKINtelligence – sharing the learning; The Learning Location for skin care; new webinars; voluntary sector investment programme; OxFAB and events of interest to our readers.
At the end of next month, the work of the Knowledge Team will be coming to an end and the staff will be dispersing to new roles across the region. While it is always sad when things come to an end, the HIECs nationally were meant to act as catalysts for change, embedding an increased capability for innovation back into their partner organisations. For an overview of all that we have done in Thames Valley since 2010, please ask us for a copy of our Final Report (email@example.com) or follow this link: HIEC-Final report 2010-2015 Innovating together
Across Oxfordshire and Berkshire for the past eighteen months, health and social care colleagues have been working together to reduce pressure damage and to improve skin care. But has this made any real difference? On 24th February from 10.00am to 12.00pm, a range of colleagues will talk about their journey so far. The presenters come from different backgrounds across the system and they have been using common measurement tools to assess the improvements in care they have made, in all sorts of different settings. The event offers a great opportunity to explore the challenges of integrating care for the frail elderly, here in our patch. The event will be held at the 3M Centre in Bracknell and places are free.
For more information, please contact: Knowledgeteam@tvhiec.org.uk
SKINtelligence; The Learning Location for Skin Care
We are pleased to announce that the interactive site for skin care has now gone live. The website incorporates many of the resources that have been used throughout the SKINtelligence programme: and we hope to continue to grow the resource base over the next few months. On this site you will find all sorts of materials aimed at staff with different skills levels and learning needs. There are learning materials, assessment tools, locally useful information and national policy guidelines. Please have a look at the resource base and encourage your colleagues to do the same.
You will find it at: http://www.learning-location.com/skin-care/
A new series of webinars from the Knowledge Team 2015
This month, Richard Cuthbertson, an expert from Said Business School, University of Oxford, shares his insights into innovation, ‘Public service innovation in a consumer society. The Service Innovation Triangle’. Also, Duncan Goodes shares his very popular webinar from last year into how to write a successful funding bid ‘Making a successful case’.
You can still catch last month’s webinar from Triss Clark, Project Manager for Safe Medicines Pathway, who shared the outcomes of the work she has been leading into safer medicines, ‘Making medicines safer for patients’.
We will also be releasing more webinars in March so watch out for these.
To access any of these webinars, please follow the link: http://www.fsmevents.com/thames-valley-knowledge-team/index.html
Voluntary Sector Investment Programme
The Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund, made available by the Department of Health, provides funding from one to three years to support proposals to support innovation in the health and care field led by the voluntary sector. The available funding is very limited and, to be successful, organisations will need to have a clear focus in their applications on how their proposals would support and drive forward new ideas, disseminate and replicate excellence or undertake strategic developments in voluntary sector capacity and/or capability in health and care. We are looking to support voluntary sector organisations to develop improved capacity and capability in health and care and to promote greater partnership and collaboration between voluntary sector organisations, NHS organisations, Local Authorities and other health and care organisations. The Fund is open for applications for projects to start in September 2015 or later; the closing date is noon on 27th March 2015.
To download the information pack:- https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/396559/Information_Pack_2015_to_2016.pdf
Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking for people who are currently trying to lose weight through diet and/or exercise to take part in a study to consider the behaviours people use to manage their weight. The study involves logging into a website as frequently as you like (ideally at least once a week), for as long as you like (ideally for at least three months). When you log in, you will be asked to answer questions about strategies you are using to lose weight. Each session can take as little as five minutes, though you can choose to answer additional questions if you wish. You will also be asked to report your weight. You will be able to review which strategies you are using and see what strategies other people are using. For more information or if you are interested in participating, please see their web site: www.oxfab.org