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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 graphicAtrial 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.

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:


Preventing prescribing errors by 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 offer 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: