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Date: 7th Jun 2016

Buckinghamshire New University has grasped the opportunity to manage the first steps of a major new project which will shape the future of integrated health and social care in communities across the Thames Valley region for a decade.

The need for the new initiative was identified by Health Education Thames Valley (HETV) and the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network (Oxford AHSN), and is being brought to life by The Institute of Integrated Care at Bucks (IIC).

Bucks New University is managing a project to shape the future of integrated health and social care in communities across the Thames Valley.

The key aim of the work is to assess what non-hospital based care in the community will look like in ten years' time. This project will explore what training is needed for health and social care practitioners, so that an appropriate workforce is developed and available by 2015.

The project is being led by Jason Schaub, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Integrated Care at Bucks New University, as part of his work for the IIC.

Jason said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the early stages of this project. The work we are doing with our initial analysis and recommendations will have a lasting positive impact on integrated care for the next decade and beyond.

"I am indebted to my colleagues Zoe Scullard from HETV and Dr Daniel Lasserson from Oxford AHSN for their continuing support. The strength of the partnership between our three organisations is part of what gives this project such great potential."

A soft launch of the project at Kassam Stadium in Oxford gathered representatives from a wide range of NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and non-hospital healthcare services to begin the discussion.

Despite the enormity of the task at hand, the launch went well and representatives were keen to be helpful and supportive. Jason was delighted with the event and is looking forward to the next steps.

He said, "I was really pleased that so many important representatives from organisations right across Thames Valley were able to attend and give us their thoughts and suggestions. It has been extremely valuable and will help enormously as we move into the next stages and start engaging with practitioners and leaders throughout the region."

Picture caption: (from left)

Lesley Bridges - Principal Lecturer in Advanced & Continuing Professional Development at Buckinghamshire New University

Damian Haywood - Network Manager at Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN)

Zoe Scullard - Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education at Health Education Thames Valley (HETV)

Jason Schaub - Project Manager and Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University.

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