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‘This programme supports the national deteriorating patient workstream which aims to improve the reliability of recognition, response and communication, through the adoption of standardised tools such as NEWS2 (National Early Warning Score).  More recently the programme has included RESTORE2 (Recognise Early Soft-signs, Take Observations, Respond, Escalate).  This is a physical deterioration and escalation tool for care/nursing homes based on early recognition (Soft Signs), NEWS2 and structured communications through SBARD (Situation-Background-Action-Recommendation-Decision).  The use of these tools ensures a common language is used across healthcare settings. As part of the Covid-19 response we are supporting the development of Covid Oximetry @home initiative.


Sepsis is the number one cause of hospital mortality. It is under-recognised, under-estimated and under-treated. It is the most expensive admission diagnosis. This programme also focuses on standardising sepsis management across the whole care pathway throughout the Oxford AHSN region. Additional links are available via the AHSN Network –spotting serious illness and sepsis.’