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‘New pre-eclampsia test combines industry innovation and research evidence to improve care’

By Dr Manu Vatish, Consultant Obstetrician, Oxford University Hospitals, and Senior Clinical Fellow with the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health. Pregnant women should be able to rely on the NHS for the best available care for them and their babies. But that doesn’t always happen. I set out to achieve […]

Survey reveals NHS research and innovation priorities

The findings from a survey to identify local NHS innovation and research needs have been published. The views of local health stakeholders, including clinical leaders, managers and directors, within each AHSN (Academic Health Science Networks) region were collected through qualitative interviews with 61 people and a questionnaire which received more than 250 responses in total. […]

Oxford AHSN appoints first medical director

Dr Guy Rooney is to take on the new position of medical director at the Oxford AHSN. He will have a key role in supporting innovation adoption and strengthening clinical engagement with emerging integrated care systems. Guy, pictured right, is currently medical director at Great Western Hospitals in Swindon where he has worked for almost […]

Partnership wins national health-industry award

An initiative bringing together the Oxford AHSN, NHS and industry to improve patient care has won a national prize. The collaboration with Roche Diagnostics to introduce a new test for pre-eclampsia into maternity units was the winner of the ‘Best Healthcare Provider Partnership’ category of the HSJ Partnership Awards. The judges said: “This project showed […]

Thousands in Thames Valley helped by free online support for poor sleep

This Friday (15 March) is World Sleep Day – the perfect day to join the 3,000+ people in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire who have already taken advantage of a new free web-based sleep improvement programme: www.sleepio.com/NHS. As part of the first NHS rollout of direct-access digital medicine, Sleepio has been available free across the Thames Valley since […]

Clinicians seize opportunities for shared learning and networking

Almost 200 clinicians from across the Oxford AHSN region and beyond came together for three wide-ranging shared learning and networking opportunities. The collaboratives covering emergency departments, maternity and neonatal services and emergency surgery are developing into effective focal points for sharing best practice towards improved patient outcomes. The longest established are the maternity shared learning […]

Oxford AHSN shortlisted in two categories of national health-industry partnership awards

Two initiatives bringing together the Oxford AHSN, NHS and industry to improve patient care are in the running for a national prize. The projects are finalists in the HSJ Partnership Awards. The winners will be revealed on 20 March. A collaboration with Bayer and Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group to cut the risk of stroke is […]

Primary care initiative reducing stroke risk in running for national award

A partnership project which is cutting the risk of stroke in Buckinghamshire has been shortlisted for a national award. The Excellence in AF (atrial fibrillation) initiative is linked to 17 fewer strokes per year in Bucks, saving three lives and £230,000 annually in direct stroke-related care costs. The project is shortlisted in the ‘Best Pharmaceutical […]

Achieving goals of Long Term Plan will only come through innovation

by Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive CBE, Oxford Academic Health Science Network The New Year brought in the long-awaited NHS Long Term Plan. I welcome its commitment to realise the UK’s world-leading research and innovation for the benefit of NHS patients. The plans to simplify national innovation programmes and strengthen links between AHSNs and other […]

Psychological therapies deliver better outcomes for people with long-term conditions and mental illness

Treating mental and physical health problems together delivers better patient outcomes and savings for the NHS, according to new analysis. NHS England plans that by 2020/21 each year over 1.5 million people with common mental health problems will access psychological therapies. These people often also have physical long-term conditions such as diabetes, lung disease and […]

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