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National programmes

England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks are delivering seven programmes, developed regionally and selected for adoption and spread across the country during 2018-20. These are:

  • Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

Sharing learning and spreading best practice from across the 15 AHSNs to reduce AF-related strokes. More here.

Oxford AHSN lead:

  • Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative

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

Representatives from all five NHS trusts which carry out this surgery in the Oxford AHSN region attended a regional launch event on 3 December 2018. A follow-up is planned for 4 March 2019.

Oxford AHSN lead:

  • ESCAPE-pain

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

Oxford AHSN lead:

  • PINCER – preventing prescribing errors

Supporting pharmacists and GPs to identify patients at risk from their medications and taking the right action. More here.

Oxford AHSN lead:

  • PReCePT

Working with maternity units to use magnesium sulphate to prevent cerebral palsy in preterm labour. more here.

Oxford AHSN lead:

  • 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. More here.

Oxford AHSN lead:

  • Transfers of Care Around Medicine (TCAM)

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

Oxford AHSN lead:

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