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Extra health checks at vaccination centres help reduce stroke risk

Offering a simple heart rhythm check alongside a COVID-19 jab is helping to reduce people’s risk of having a stroke. Risk factors for stroke are usually picked up at routine GP appointments, but the pandemic has meant far fewer of these face-to-face consultations have taken place. The early focus of the mass vaccination campaign was […]

Review of spread and adoption approaches published by AHSN Network

An in-depth study examining approaches to spreading and adopting innovation in the health sector has been published by the AHSN Network to help AHSNs, and partners, understand and harness the AHSN collective experience and expertise. The review, which identifies the different approaches used across the 15 AHSNs within the Network, highlights the complexity of spread […]

New roles for Oxford AHSN chief officer

Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford AHSN, is the new Chair of the AHSN Network, which brings together England’s 15 AHSNs. Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive of Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, is the new Vice Chair. They take on the roles on 1 April 2021. Gary said: “I am delighted to be taking on this […]

Register now for a chance to join the Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme

Registration is now open for the first phase of the 2021 Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme, delivered with BioCity. Now in its third year, the 2021 Accelerator is a launchpad for healthcare innovators with an idea they want to bring to market. The Accelerator will follow an established path from establishing a business model through to […]

New guidance helps healthcare systems get back on track with cardiovascular disease prevention

A new practical guide is helping teams in healthcare systems across England to overcome disruption in work to prevent cardiovascular disease (including stroke, heart disease and vascular dementia) caused by Covid-19. The guidance – a collaboration between the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN), the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme and the […]

Gary Ford joins NICE Board

Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford AHSN, is joining the Board of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Gary is one of six new non-executive directors. They take up their new roles from 1 April 2021. Gary said: “I am delighted to join the NICE Board and bring my experience in […]

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 in this case study. On 27 November, eight innovative start-ups from the Oxford AHSN Accelerator, delivered by BioCity presented their progress and their pitches for […]

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: […]