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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 […]

We’re looking for people to join steering group for sleep project

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network is looking to recruit people to become members of a steering group for a new sleep project. Applicants should have experience of healthcare, health research or involvement and/or experience of living with insomnia or persistent poor sleep. They must live within the Oxford AHSN region. Sleepio is a digital solution […]

#NHS70Innovations: celebrating 70 years of the NHS with a 70-day calendar of NHS innovations

In the run-up to the NHS 70th birthday celebrations on Thursday 5 July, the AHSN Network is teaming up with NHS Digital to showcase some of the latest healthcare innovations via an online calendar. Behind every door is a new innovation already making a difference to patients, carers, staff and NHS organisations. Explore the countdown […]

Curtain raised on animated film for patients and health professionals

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) and Sandoz have developed an informative animation on biosimilars with input from individuals living with inflammatory arthritis. The short film, made in partnership with the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, aims to inform people in an easy-to-understand, accessible format about biosimilars, why they have been approved for use in the […]

Insomnia initiative could help thousands kick sleeping pills

People living in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire will be eligible for free access to a clinically-proven digital programme which tackles insomnia following an award of almost £1 million that could spur its adoption across the NHS. The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) is supporting the rollout of Sleepio, the online sleep improvement programme […]

New report showcases developments in NHS musculoskeletal, falls, fracture and frailty services

A new guide compiled by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network showcases the extensive range of programmes being delivered by AHSNs to improve clinical services in the areas of musculoskeletal (MSK), falls, fractures and frailty – all key priorities for the NHS. Across England’s 15 AHSNs there is a wealth of experience and practical skills […]

Thousands of patients to benefit from increased diagnosis of irregular heart rhythms

Innovative technology is being rolled out across the country to prevent strokes, in a national campaign launched on 15 February. Experts estimate that more than 420,000 people across England have undiagnosed irregular heart rhythm, which can cause a stroke if not detected and treated appropriately, usually through blood-thinning medication to prevent clots that lead to stroke. […]