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National programmes

As well as delivering to local and regional priorities, England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks work together on national programmes.

Three new programmes got under way in 2020, focusing on:

These follow the first seven national programmes, developed regionally and selected for adoption and spread across the country during 2018-20. They were:

  • atrial fibrillation graphicAtrial Fibrillation (AF)

Sharing learning and spreading best practice from across the 15 AHSNs to reduce AF-related strokes. Find out about the impact of this programme in the Oxford AHSN region.

  • Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative

A collaborative approach to improving standards of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy surgery.


Preventing prescribing errors by supporting pharmacists and GPs to identify patients at risk from their medications and taking the right action.

  • PReCePT

Working with maternity units to offer magnesium sulphate to prevent cerebral palsy in preterm labour. Read more about PReCePT.

  • Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM)

Bringing together police and healthcare professionals to make a positive difference to the lives of people with complex mental health needs.

  • Transfers of Care Around Medicine (TCAM)

Help for patients who need extra support taking prescribed medicines when they leave hospital.

  • ESCAPE-pain

A group rehabilitation programme for people with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis, providing self-management support in the community.

Read more about the AHSN Network’s national programmes