The Oxford AHSN and England’s 14 other Academic Health Science Networks are supporting our partners in the NHS and social care in responding to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are sharing our skills and expertise and helping them make the most of relevant innovations and technologies to deliver the best possible patient care, and support their staff and services.
We are promoting a new national platform supporting the drive to achieve 100,000 coronavirus tests per day. We have also opened a call for innovations to help support the NHS in managing Covid-19. Please get in touch if you have an idea or need help with evaluating your solution.
An immediate priority was helping to source additional supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). We worked successfully with our NHS partners, Harwell, science parks and manufacturers. One example was a partnership with the University of Reading, Cisco and the UKAEA on 3D printing of protective visors. Read Cisco UK/Ireland Chief Executive David Meads’ blog about this unique initiative.
Other priorities include identifying and enabling solutions for remote consultation and patient monitoring, diagnostics and point-of-care testing. You can find examples of some of the innovations and technologies we have been evaluating in partnership with the NHS and industry here.
Our Patient Safety Collaborative, along with the other 14 PSCs across England, is refocusing to meet the new challenges posed by Covid-19. As part of the NHS National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes, PSCs will focus on:
- identifying and managing people at risk of deterioration and sepsis
- implementing a tracheostomy care programme to help manage patients with a tracheostomy
- support for patients being discharged from hospital with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- support for maternity and neonatal units.
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