How is the AHSN Network supporting the response to COVID-19?
Our partners across the NHS and social care are mobilising at scale in response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic. The AHSN Network's role, along with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), is to support them by helping them take full advantage of the most relevant innovations and technologies that can improve care for patients and support our services in this challenging context.
Nationally, the AHSN Network is part of a coordinated NHS response to identify and enable the implementation of technologies that respond to areas of highest priority action, in particular solutions for remote consultation and patient monitoring, diagnostics and point-of-care testing.
If you are a company or an innovator with a potential COVID-19 related solution, the AHSN Network has shared direct links to the relevant agencies who are coordinating the national effort. Please see details and how to get in touch.
Patient safety during COVID-19
Patient Safety Collaboratives and the Academic Health Science Networks which host them, are supporting their local health and care systems during the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in hospitals, care homes and the community.
- Spotting serious illness and sepsis
- NEWS - The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is used by GPs
- Support for patients being discharged from hospital with COPD
- Helping break unwelcome news
- Wound care self-care guidance
- Human factors in ventilator design and operation
To find out more and see other support visit the AHSN Network website
Regional AHSN support
During this current period of extreme operational pressure, the AHSNs will be supporting our colleagues on the frontline and in planning and operations by offering the most appropriate assistance as and when required. This will include supporting the implementation of technology to maximise the use of remote consultations and online guidance, freeing up valuable clinician time and reducing the risk of transmission.
We are working closely with our regional NHS teams to coordinate this support, but if you would like to contact the Wessex team, please do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Repeat Dispensing - eRD
Recent guidance from NHS England
asks General Practice to consider putting all suitable patients on electronic repeat dispensing ('eRD') for when their next repeat prescriptions are due, as part of the preparedness for Coronavirus.
You can also find out more about making eRD work, by watching the video on the right.
Helping older people stay hydrated at home
During this time of self-isolation due to COVID-19, we wanted to share these resources with you to help support older people, their carers’ and families.
Eating and Drinking Well in Later Life and Coronavirus (COVID19)
Top Practical Tips for those at risk of malnutrition whilst self-isolating - one page guide
New online video training for care home staff
Wessex and the West of England Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), funded by Health Education England, have collaborated to produce a series of free videos
and e-learning materials
to support staff working in care homes to care for residents who are at risk of deterioration.
The short videos
are available online here and describe how to take measurements from residents correctly (such as blood pressure and oxygen saturation), spots the signs of deterioration, and prevent the spread of infection.
The British Dietetic Association's Older People's Specialist Group has published a recommendations for action by dietitians supporting care homes and care agencies working in older people's own home.
Activities for Older Adults During COVID19 - A guide to online resources for those providing care for people with dementia. Download the guide
Remembering Dementia Action Week
- Dr Emma Vardy, Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Dementia and Delirium Lead at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust - blog and resources
Tips for working at home, social isolation and home schooling
As many more of us are finding ourselves working from home, and following the national advice around staying in, one of our innovation adoption specialists, Nadia, has written a set of hints and tips to help adapt to this new way of working. This is a light-hearted guide, so hopefully may also cheer you in these challenging times.
You can download Nadia's guide on the right. Lockdown Learning
Complied and designed by our senior communications manager, Charlotte, this is a compilation of resources for parents and carers
combining the challenges of home working with home education. Suitable for all ages from nursery to older teens, the resources are ordered by academic stage, core subject, and sheer fun. The main guide is available to download and share as a pdf document
, and is also complemented by a number of folders containing printable worksheets, challenges, craft recipes, emotional literacy and well-being, and more.
The full set of resources can be accessed from https://bit.ly/LockdownLrning
. Please do share widely with your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours!
Health at Home campaign toolkit
The Health at Home campaign will signpost to useful information about how the public can contact their GP, order repeat prescriptions, manage their wellbeing and existing conditions – without leaving their home.
Coronavirus Guidance: Official Sources and Links