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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 […]

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) Insight Dashboard’ tool has been created by Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) through the […]

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 […]