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Matthew Woodward, a Human Factors Researcher at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, presented at the annual ‘Celebrating Trauma Research in the Thames Valley’ conference.

The event held on Wednesday 13 January 2016 at the University of Reading brought together research in the region regarding clinical protocols, outcomes and work systems in the trauma field.

His presentation “Improving Referrals to Neurosurgery – Oxford Acute Referral System (OARS)” concerned a current project to specify and develop an electronic referral system to handle regional referrals to the John Radcliffe Neurosurgery department. The system will allow both the Referrer and the Specialist to communicate using a common record of the referral. The project has employed human factors/user-centred design methods to design a system that meets clinicians’ needs and improves patient safety.

The conference, which celebrates world-class research in the Thames Valley and beyond, was co-hosted by the University of Reading, Thames Valley Trauma Network and the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in association with the NIHR Clinical Research Network (Thames Valley & South Midlands).

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