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Insomnia initiative could help thousands kick sleeping pills

People living in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire will be eligible for free access to a clinically-proven digital programme which tackles insomnia following an award of almost £1 million that could spur its adoption across the NHS. The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) is supporting the rollout of Sleepio, the online sleep improvement programme […]

New report showcases developments in NHS musculoskeletal, falls, fracture and frailty services

A new guide compiled by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network showcases the extensive range of programmes being delivered by AHSNs to improve clinical services in the areas of musculoskeletal (MSK), falls, fractures and frailty – all key priorities for the NHS. Across England’s 15 AHSNs there is a wealth of experience and practical skills […]

Thousands of patients to benefit from increased diagnosis of irregular heart rhythms

Innovative technology is being rolled out across the country to prevent strokes, in a national campaign launched on 15 February. Experts estimate that more than 420,000 people across England have undiagnosed irregular heart rhythm, which can cause a stroke if not detected and treated appropriately, usually through blood-thinning medication to prevent clots that lead to stroke. […]

‘AHSNs can help speed up the use of the Internet of Things in healthcare’

Academic Health Science Networks can play a key role in maximising the potential of the Internet of Things in healthcare. That’s the view of Dr Vaughan Michell, of Henley Business School, who discussed the initial results of his research into health applications of the IoT at an event organised by the Oxford AHSN. Dr Michell […]

Joint project to improve care of patients with atrial fibrillation wins award

A joint project between Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Oxford Academic Health Science Network has won an AF Association Healthcare Pioneer Award ‘Showcasing Best Practice in AF’. The project, supported by educational MEGS grants from Pfizer and Daiichi-Sankyo, was launched in March 2017. Its aim is to upskill both […]

Programme offers unique package of support to implement change and innovation in the NHS

Over 20 people got valuable insights into the Oxford AHSN programme for innovators as the deadline approaches for the next course. Programme tutors outlined the different elements – and how it links into Oxford AHSN’s wider work to spread and accelerate the adoption of clinical innovation in the NHS. The information evening on 15 January […]

Ingredients for successful innovation spread revealed in new report

A new report from the King’s Fund, published today and commissioned on behalf of the AHSN Network, charts the journeys of eight innovations from creation to widespread use. It charts the highs and lows of an innovator’s journey through the NHS – with examples including introducing communications technology for patients with long-term conditions, new care […]

Some key milestones in 2018

Here are a few important events and activities taking place during the next 12 months. January: Our new Q Community members meet for the first time – read more here February: Celebrating trauma research, Reading – find out more here March: the fourth cohort of our Adopting innovation and managing change programme gets under way at Bucks New […]

Greater impact on patient outcomes down to stronger collaboration

By Professor Gary Ford CBE, Chief Executive, Oxford AHSN The health and care landscape has changed significantly since we were formed in 2013. We are working increasingly closely with the four Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships across our region. We are also at the heart of emerging Accountable Care Systems – with four of the eight […]

New digital health roadmap provides tools to turn ideas into products

The Oxford AHSN has launched a new roadmap and guide to help innovators overcome the complexities and challenges related to developing digital products to improve health. These resources draw on the Oxford AHSN’s deep knowledge and understanding of the pathway from concept through to adoption in the NHS and other healthcare systems. It helps innovators […]

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