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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 […]

Stroke prevention programme on target to find undiagnosed patients

New data from NHS Digital shows that a nationwide push to find undiagnosed patients with an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (AF) has identified over 130,000 people within the first year. In addition, a record number of people with AF have been prescribed the anti-clotting therapy needed to reduce the likelihood of life-threatening strokes […]

New faces join Oxford AHSN Board

The Oxford AHSN Board has ratified the appointment of three new members who bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise. They are: Peter Ellingworth, pictured top, Chief Executive of the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) Simon Greenstreet, Head of Communications (UK/Ireland), Bayer plc Fiona Wise, Executive Chair of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and […]

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 […]

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