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Carbon reduction plan published

Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley has committed to align to the NHS’s net zero targets. These measures not only contribute to environmental sustainability, but also demonstrate a commitment to corporate responsibility, cost savings and long-term viability. We aim to match the NHS net zero emissions targets: by 2040 for those we control directly and […]

Enhanced pre-op assessment at Oxford hospital wins national prize

An initiative to give patients more tailored support before hip and knee surgery has won a national prize. The project picked up the bronze award in the Most Effective Contribution to Clinical Redesign category of the HSJ Partnership Awards. It was also a finalist in the HealthTech Partnership of the Year category. It is a […]

Unique research collaboration highlights innovative approaches for post-pandemic healthcare

A new report outlines the findings of 14 projects which identified and tested promising innovations to support post-pandemic ways of working in the NHS. The NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme (NIPP) was launched in 2021 to contribute to the recovery from COVID-19, build resilience and deliver benefits to patients. Health innovation networks (HINs) and the National […]

Blog: The pandemic forced us to think and act differently. We’re now more open to harnessing the potential of technology

Health Innovation Networks (HINs) and their respective regional NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs) came together to evaluate new ways of working which emerged during the pandemic. The Oxford and Thames Valley project looked at virtual outpatient clinics following a transient ischaemic attack or mini-stroke. Tracey Marriott, our Director of Clinical Innovation Adoption, led this […]

Building on a decade of health innovation

To mark the start of our second decade accelerating the adoption and spread of health innovation, we are showcasing a series of wide-ranging examples of our work with partners in the NHS, research and industry to meet health needs. Since 2013 Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley (formerly the Oxford AHSN) has helped transform services […]

New videos explain prostate condition

A series of information videos has been developed to help increase understanding of a condition called benign prostatic enlargement (BPE), otherwise known as enlarged prostate. BPE is common in men aged over 50. It can lead to issues with urinating but it is not a cancer – and an enlarged prostate does not indicate an […]

New name, same aim

Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley is the new name for the Oxford AHSN from 1 October 2023. After ten years AHSNs have become Health Innovation Networks as part of our new five-year licence through to 2028. Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley, said: “The new name better reflects […]

Oxford stroke centre is among first to hit NHS target for key treatment

The stroke unit at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is among the first in the country to hit an NHS target for a life-changing treatment. Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) can reduce disability and prevent or limit long-term care needs following a stroke. One of the priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan in 2019 was to […]

Toolkit supports better outcomes for asthma patients – and the planet

On Clean Air Day (15 June 2023) three Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) are launching a toolkit to help healthcare professionals working in the respiratory field to benefit patients and reduce the environmental impact of asthma treatments. The Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS), Oxford and Wessex AHSNs have come together to create a practical guide called […]

Blog: Better outcomes for patients and planet

How tackling climate change benefits respiratory care On Clean Air Day (15 June 2023) three Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) are launching a toolkit for respiratory professionals to help cut the carbon footprint of inhalers, optimise prescribing and identify severe asthma. Amelia James (pictured), Environmental Sustainability Lead at the Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) and Oxford […]

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