The Oxford Academic Health Science Network gets innovation into clinical practice to improve patient safety, outcomes and experience, and generate economic growth through collaboration between the NHS, industry and universities. We cover a region of three million people living in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire. We aim to foster long term partnerships with industry, build a culture of innovation in the NHS, and have secured over £100 million of investment into the Thames Valley region.
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The Oxford AHSN region has identified 5 local challenges; Increasing out-of-hospital care, Redesigning and reducing pressure on hospital emergency services, Offering more personalised care, Digitally-enabled primary and outpatient care, Improving outcomes by population health initiatives.
Tackling Childhood Obesity in Primary Care
Our call on "Tackling Childhood Obesity in Primary Care" aims to find innovations to help reduce the level of childhood obesity that is currently being seen in primary care, and reduce the impact of associated health problems
The Oxford Academic Health Science Network has extensive experience in real world evaluation projects, with the aim of gathering enough evidence to create a business case for these innovations.
Point of care blood testing by Specialist Paramedics managing patients presenting with Acute Frailty
A single site quality improvement project, using POC blood tests to help inform decision making for patients >65 presenting to specialist paramedics with acute frailty syndrome, leading to better decision making and at scene discharge rates.
Point of care flu testing in A&E
The Oxford AHSN assisted in setting up the real world evaluation of two different Point of Care (POC) tests for influenza at the Royal Berkshire and High Wycombe hospitals. Both tests resulted in better patient management and outcomes, and health economic evaluation showed savings of £200 per patient tested as well as reduced length of stay.
Sepsis identification tool wins national patient safety prize
A tool developed by AHSNs which aims to save lives by making it easier to spot the signs of sepsis h...