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Oxford AHSN responds to issues posed by Covid-19

In light of the latest Government advice, the Oxford AHSN is temporarily closing its offices. We are continuing to work remotely with our partners across the NHS, industry and universities. If you need to get in touch with us, please use our general email address: – we will put you in touch with the right person. […]

Unique training package will improve safety in low-risk labour

A new national training programme created in the Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative region aims to improve safety for low-risk mothers and babies during labour and birth. The interactive e-learning package is the first to integrate real fetal heart sounds, helping midwives provide safer care when they monitor a baby’s heartbeat in the womb. This approach […]

Important paper published on paediatric long-term ventilation incidents in the community

One of the priorities of the Specialised Paediatric programme run by the Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative was to investigate incidents in the community involving children who use long-term ventilation. The findings of this important work have now been published in the BMJ’s ‘Archives of Diseases in Childhood’. Read the paper here. This research was also […]

Safety culture fund improves sepsis care in Milton Keynes

One of the six projects which secured funding from our 2018 Safety Culture Fund has led to real improvements in the treatment of patients with sepsis. Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) has improved sepsis-related handover and treatment time in its emergency department (ED). The average handover time from ambulance to ED nurse was cut from […]

New publication highlights success of Good Hydration! initiative

A new paper has been published highlighting the impact of the award-winning Good Hydration! initiative to reduce urinary tract infections in care homes. Download a copy of the BMJ Open Quality paper here.  The initiative has led to fewer residents suffering UTIs which are closely associated with dehydration. The Good Hydration! initiative was designed to encourage […]

Read our latest newsletters

We published two newsletters in April 2019, providing updates on a wide range of patient safety-related activities: Patient safety collaborative quarterly newsletter – read it here Mental health special edition Oxford AHSN newsletter – read it here

Clinicians seize networking opportunities

Almost 200 clinicians from across the Oxford AHSN region and beyond came together for three wide-ranging learning and networking opportunities. The collaboratives covering emergency departments, maternity and neonatal services and emergency surgery are developing into effective focal points for sharing best practice towards improved patient outcomes. The longest established is the maternity shared learning events. […]

Psychological therapies deliver better outcomes for people with long-term conditions and mental illness

Treating mental and physical health problems together delivers better patient outcomes and savings for the NHS, according to new analysis. NHS England plans that by 2020/21 each year over 1.5 million people with common mental health problems will access psychological therapies. These people often also have physical long-term conditions such as diabetes, lung disease and […]

Read our December newsletter

Our December 2018 newsletter is now available. In this edition read about: Learning from Excellence Event Health Service Journal Awards PReCePT – Preventing Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Labour Launch of Thames Valley Long Term Ventilation Pathway and Standards of Care for Children Sharing Practice for Safer Paediatric Gastrostomy at Home SCORE Survey Safety Culture Fund The […]

We’re learning from excellence

The Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative supported clinical colleagues in our region to come together on 15 October to learn and support each other in learning from excellence. In the past, patient safety has focused on learning from errors and adverse outcomes. By also looking at what goes well through mechanisms such as ‘learning from excellence’ and […]

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