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2023 Challenge - developing leaders through partnerships and accelerating innovation adoption

The 2023 Challenge competition began in 2013 inspired by two junior doctors – Alexander Finlayson and Edward Maile – who wanted to address the growing appetite for innovation among NHS trainees in the Thames Valley and give them a voice for change. The Oxford Deanery Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) took up the idea and the 2023 Challenge was further developed and supported by Health Education England in the Thames Valley, Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy (TVWLA) and the Oxford AHSN. In the two years the competition has run the 2023 Challenge has supported six projects with several at the point of delivering change and improvement.

The second iteration of the 2023 Challenge concluded in a positive and celebratory atmosphere in the John Henry Brooks Lecture Theatre at Oxford Brookes University on Tuesday 19 May.The event - a collaboration between Health Education England in the Thames Valley, Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy, and Oxford Academic Health Science Network - began with a judges’ briefing and ended with four project team finalists presenting their idea to a showcase audience.

Earlier in the day their submissions, selected from 37 entries at an earlier assessors’ evening, had been scored by a group of six eminent judges and each team had taken part a 30 minute Dragon’s Den-style pitching session with tough questioning from the judging panel. The 2023 Challenge was designed to encourage and support innovation and this year those behind the event had decided to broaden its reach to include allied health professionals, alongside the original field of junior doctors. To reflect this wider professional background of the entries, the judging panel was also expanded to included experts from the fields of nursing and pharmacy. THe YouTube video above also relives the 2015 final showcase event which was held in May 2015.



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