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Web-based insomnia programme available free to all adults in the Thames Valley

For the first time an online support programme to improve sleep is being offered free from today to over two million adults living in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. Sleepio, a web-based programme based on cognitive behavioural therapy, is a proven alternative to sleeping pills. It is now available to all over-18s in the […]

New NHS sepsis identification tool built on AHSN collaboration

The NHS has launched a tool that for the first time accurately measures the number of patients admitted to hospital who are at risk of sepsis which is notoriously difficult to detect. The Suspicion of Sepsis (SOS) Insight Dashboard enables all hospitals to accurately measure how many patients are at risk of sepsis. It was […]

Sepsis collaboration shortlisted for national prize

An innovative, reliable and consistent tool to measure sepsis, created through a powerful partnership driven by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), has been shortlisted for a HSJ award 2018 in ‘Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information’. The ‘Suspicion of Sepsis (SOS) Dashboard’ tool has been created by Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) through the Patient […]

Help shape the next ten years of the NHS

NHS England has launched a national conversation to help shape the next ten years of the NHS. Feedback, comments and suggestions are being invited by 30 September 2018 on a series of themes that will form the new ‘Long Term Plan’. NHS staff, people working across social care and public health, healthcare companies, patients and […]

Applying learnings from the Gosport Hospital Report

by Professor Gary Ford CBE, FMedSci, Chief Executive, Oxford AHSN The publication last month of the Gosport Independent Panel Report raises questions about how commissioners, providers and regulators ensure high quality safe care is provided to older people in community hospitals. Gosport War Memorial Hospital, whilst highly regarded by the local MP and many members of […]

New films help care home staff keep residents happy, healthy and hydrated

A series of films which aim to help care home staff keep their residents happy, healthy and hydrated has been launched today. The six short animations offer handy hints and link to additional resources available through the award-winning Good Hydration! initiative. Last night the project won the Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year prize at […]

Professor Gary Ford joins illustrious list of NHS research legends

Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, has been identified as one of seven NHS research legends in the run-up to the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Professor Ford’s work to develop stroke pathways and establish the FAST public awareness campaign earned him a place alongside such research luminaries as Sir […]

Spotlight on the AHSN Network’s collective impact and future plans

A new guide to the AHSN Network is published today (Wednesday 13 June), detailing the impact to date of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), as well as outlining future plans for the years ahead. The AHSNs were first licensed by NHS England in 2013 for an initial period of five years, and in […]

Shadow health minister finds out about new clinical innovations on visit to Oxford

Jon Ashworth MP, the shadow health minister, saw a selection of technological innovations during a fact-finding visit to Oxford. He took part in a roundtable discussion with innovators and entrepreneurs who are helping to secure better care for NHS patients by harnessing the full potential of new technology. It was organised and hosted by Oxford […]

AHSNs relicensed as key innovation arm of the NHS

NHS England has committed to the long-term future of England’s Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), as part of a ten-year vision to drive health innovation and stimulate economic growth. At its Board meeting on 24 May NHS England formally approved a new five year licence for the 15 AHSNs, with an option to roll this […]

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