November Bulletin

Welcome to the November Bulletin from the Thames Valley Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC).
This month: The Natural Health Service forestry project, health and security perspectives for climate change, Linking Leaders, leading large-scale change, presenting recent research on innovation adoption and spread and diary dates.

The NHS Forest

This NHS forest project aims to provide 1.3 million trees, bushes and flowers for every NHS campus, benefiting
patients, staff and the local community through improving their access to green space on or near to NHS Estates and reducing the NHS’ carbon footprint.

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare in partnership with the Forestry Commission, British Trust for Conservation
Volunteers, Natural England and others started the NHS Forest in 2008 and held their latest annual conference at
University Hospital Coventry in October 2012.

The following NHS organizations received awards at the event;

  • Airedale NHS Trust, largest number of trees planted
  • NHS Forest Devon Mental Health Trust, for being the most innovative
  • NHS Forest site Mid Essex Services NHS Trust, for the best community engagement in the NHS Forest.

The activities reflected the distinctive nature of the NHS Forest project and encouraged participants to think about and engage with healthcare and nature.

Perspectives for Climate Change

Climate change not only affects our wellbeing but also our security as revealed by Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO. The conference gathered 300 delegates from healthcare, the military, climate science, industry, business and politics and took place in London on the 17th of October .

More recent challenges to add to this list include population growth; competition for the limited resources of energy, food, and water; and increasingly serious climate change.
Climate change leads to more frequent and extreme weather events and to conditions that favour the spread of infectious diseases.
Fortunately, actions that can help mitigate climate change over the longer term can also improve individual and global health now. Thames Valley HIEC was pleased to join with Unipart Expert Practices to present three interactive sessions at the Linking Leaders launch in Reading on 25th October. We joined an array of fascinating speakers who included Sir Bruce Keogh, Mike Farrar and Sir Muir Grey in talking to emergent leaders from right across the NHS about how they see their role developing. Our leaders told us that, in relation to partnership working, they will want to:

  • Communicate the benefits more clearly
  •  Not get bogged down in detail
  •  Balance actions with building relationships
  •  Push myself more to network and integrate
  •  Try to understand better the culture and political context of the NHS
  •  Have the confidence to challenge more senior people
  •  Be prepared to invest enough time in changing the culture

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Linking Leaders

The creative energy that arises from innovation in one context in the NHS can be difficult to communicate and spread to other parts of the NHS.

Thames Valley HIEC has invited Professor Sue Dopson to present her work on the implementation of innovation at an event to be held on the 24th January 2012 at 6.00 pm at the Magdalen Centre, Oxford Science Park. Sue is founding
Director of the Oxford Health Care Management Institute and the Oxford Said Business School. She has carried out
extensive research on the topics of NHS organisational change, behaviour management, and the implementation of
evidence-based innovations in different NHS settings including primary and secondary care.

Sue’s seminar will focus on the limitations to the spread of creative ideas in a complex NHS; some of the difficulties in sharing knowledge across organisations; and will conclude with some practical suggestions to improve performance.
Presenting recent research on innovation adoption and spread

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Leading Large-scale change

Thames Valley HIEC was delighted to take up an invitation to disseminate the outcomes of our Inhaler Technique
Improvement Programme in the East Midlands at a conference held in Nottingham on 9th November.
Active national dissemination was always intended to be one of the wider benefits of the HIEC “movement”, when they were first set up. Meanwhile, we have had the benefit of the expertise of colleagues from West Midlands South HIEC, who recently presented their work on the induction of F1 and F2 trainees to the ORH, the SHA and the Deanery at our

Please get in touch if you know of work in other parts of the country that you would like to see showcased here in the Thames Valley.

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