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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 […]

Thames Valley hospitals coordinate England’s first AI-enabled stroke network

Six NHS trusts serving more than three million people have come together to harness state-of-the-art technology to help clinicians make the right decisions so that more patients recover following stroke. High quality CT brain scans are being shared quickly and securely within and between hospitals using imaging software which incorporates artificial intelligence (AI). As well […]

Training resource aids stroke prevention

Comprehensive training to support stroke prevention in primary care has been developed by the Oxford AHSN and partners. The free online tool is funded by Health Education England and available through its e-Learning for Healthcare platform. The programme is for GPs, pharmacists and other clinicians who care for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) – a […]

Training package for midwives developed in the Thames Valley shortlisted for national patient safety awards

A new online training course to improve the safety of women and babies in labour is in the running for three national awards. The interactive programme is the first to integrate real fetal heart sounds, helping midwives provide safer care when they monitor a baby’s heartbeat in the womb. This approach, known as intelligent intermittent […]

Guide supports stroke teams in the restoration and recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic

Practical guidance to help stroke teams across England deliver high-quality care in the restoration and recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic has been made available in a collaboration between the Oxford AHSN and the stroke leads for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme. Restoration and recovery of stroke services during the Covid-19 pandemic assesses […]

AHSNs are helping to align research with health system needs

Watch the webinar video here   The AHSN Network will explore its work to understand NHS priorities for health and care innovation and how collaboration with research partners including new Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) and Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) are responding to these needs at a webinar on 19 June (14.00-15.00). There will be […]

‘The pandemic has shown the NHS can adopt and drive change rapidly’

by Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive, Oxford AHSN The last three months has seen the NHS respond rapidly to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, changing in ways and at a rate never seen before. That is testament to the commitment and willingness of patients, and health and social care professionals to adapt and […]

Guide outlines how stroke services can adapt during and after Covid-19

Guidance for adapting stroke services during the Covid-19 pandemic – and reshaping them afterwards – has been made available in a collaboration between the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN). Oxford AHSN Chief Executive Professor Gary Ford, who is also a consultant stroke physician, co-authored […]

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