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AHSNs co-host webinar on oxygen saturations and Covid-19

In our latest collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the AHSN Network is hosting a joint webinar for primary care on the ‘COVID Oximetry @home’ initiative. This webinar will highlight the association between oxygen saturations and Covid-19 and share a collaborative approach to monitor and manage patients at risk of sudden deterioration. […]

Eight ventures pitch for investment

UPDATE: The winner of the programme has been announced – huge congratulations to MetaGuideX. MetaGuideX are developing new cancer diagnostics, giving novel insights to cancer metastasis. Read more about MetaGuideX On 27 November, eight innovative start-ups from the Oxford AHSN Accelerator, delivered by BioCity presented their progress and their pitches for future investment to a […]

Survey highlights learning from response to Covid-19 by Thames Valley maternity and neonatal staff

Hundreds of staff working in maternity, obstetric and neonatal teams throughout the Oxford AHSN region have shared their experiences on the NHS frontline caring for mothers and babies during the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. They have helped paint a detailed picture of the impact of this unprecedented period of rapid learning and significant […]

Training programme for midwives using real fetal heart sounds wins national patient safety award

Innovative training to improve the safety of women and babies in low risk labour developed in the Thames Valley has won a national award. The initiative won the Patient Safety Innovation of the Year category at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards. It was also highly commended in the Education and Training category. The judges said: […]

New guidance helps primary care teams deliver best CVD services during the pandemic

A new practical guide has been produced to help primary care teams across England overcome limitations created by Covid-19 and continue to deliver quality cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention services. Since the arrival of the pandemic, patients are likely to have had less contact with healthcare professionals, leading to lower detection rates for CVD risk factors […]

AHSNs support initiative to create local NHS ‘innovation hubs’

Academic Health Science Networks are supporting a new national funding initiative led by the Health Foundation, to support healthcare provider organisations to adopt innovation faster. Launched with support from England’s 15 AHSNs, the Adopting Innovation programme is now open for expressions of interest. It will help establish four innovation hubs across the UK – to […]

Eight SMEs join latest Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme

Eight start-up companies have been selected to join the latest Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme. They were chosen after successfully pitching their ideas to a panel of industry leaders, investors and senior AHSN staff. Their innovations relate to drug discovery, diagnostics, digital health and service delivery. By the end of November the eight SMEs should have […]

Digital therapy for poor sleep improves wellbeing and could save NHS millions

People accessing an online sleep improvement programme provided free in the Thames Valley through the Oxford AHSN reaped wide-ranging benefits, according to a new report. The study found they slept longer, spent less on sleeping pills, had fewer sick days and better mental health. The findings are based on feedback from more than 7,000 people […]

Former England cricketer joins webinar to offer a patient view on stroke care

Former England cricketer Rob Key was a surprise guest on a national webinar for stroke teams, offering a patient’s perspective on receiving care at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. The one-time Kent and England batsman, who is now a familiar face to viewers of Sky’s cricket coverage, suffered an ischaemic stroke in May and […]

Our free training programme for healthcare innovators is back!

Health Education England (HEE) and the Oxford AHSN are extending an invitation to NHS professionals to apply to join the latest cohort of our acclaimed programme for healthcare innovators. Since it was established in 2016, more than 200 NHS staff have taken part in the ‘Adopting innovation and managing change in healthcare settings’ programme delivered […]