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Thames Valley Spinal

About us

The Thames Valley Spinal Network (TVSN) was established in 2017 in response to recommendations from the Spinal Services Clinical Reference Group (CRG) and the TR3 Spinal Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) for Regional Spinal Networks. The aim of the network is to promote optimal patient care pathways and standardised practice in spinal surgery across a ‘Hub’ and ‘Spoke’ model.

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust is the designated Spinal Hub delivering a 24/7 emergency spinal service to patients across the Thames Valley region. OUH Spinal services are predominantly located at the John Radcliffe Hospital (JRH) and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC).  The John Radcliffe Hospital is also the Major Trauma Centre for the Thames Valley region.

The Network Team

Alison Sims
Network Manager

Thames Valley Spinal ODN

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Alison's Bio

Alison joined the Network in September 2020 and has over 17 year’s experience in clinical networks. She also manages Thames Valley Trauma and Vascular Networks.

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Dan Rolton
Network Clinical Lead

Thames Valley Spinal ODN

Network Geography

Spinal Spoke partner sites are located at the Great Western Hospital (Swindon), Milton Keynes University Hospital, Royal Berkshire Hospital (Reading), Stoke Mandeville Hospital (Aylesbury) and Wexham Park Hospital (Slough). The TVSN is predominantly served by one ambulance service: South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) and one air ambulance service: Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA).

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Thames Valley Vascular

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The Thames Valley Vascular Network (TVVN) was established in 2016 in response to a national review of the configuration of vascular services in the UK. In 2010/11, the South Central Strategic Health Authority invited the National Clinical Advisory Team (NCAT) to review plans for the reconfiguration of vascular services in the region. The outcome of this review was a recommendation for vascular services to be centralised across the Thames Valley region in a hub and spoke model with the John Radcliffe Hospital (JRH), Oxford being designated as the Major Arterial Centre (MAC) providing all major elective and emergency arterial vascular interventions for patients across the region. The TVVN serves a population of approximately 2.2 million people across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire with designated non-arterial centres located at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) in Reading, Stoke Mandeville Hospital (SMH) in Aylesbury, and Wycombe Hospital (WH) in High Wycombe and is predominantly served by the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA). The TVVN is hosted by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH).

The Network Team

Alison Sims
Network Manager

Thames Valley Vascular ODN

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Alison's Bio

Alison joined the Network in September 2020 and has over 17 years experience in clinical networks. She also manages Thames Valley Trauma and Spinal Networks.

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Jeremy Perkins
Clinical Lead

Thames Valley Vascular ODN

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Jeremy's Bio

Jeremy is a Consultant vascular surgeon based at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Thames Valley Trauma

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The Oxford Major Trauma Centre (MTC) and Thames Valley Trauma Network (TVTN) was launched in April 2012 with hospitals across the region working together to enhance trauma care for a population of approximately 3 million people across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Berkshire and parts of Northamptonshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The MTC provides high quality, specialist care for the most seriously injured patients who are transferred direct from scene by our primary ambulance service: South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) or air ambulance service: Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA). Both SCAS and TVAA use the Trauma Unit Bypass (TUB) Tool  involving an assessment of the patients physiology and anatomy to identify critically injured patients requiring specialist care at the MTC and therefore bypassing the nearest geographical hospital.

Additionally the Automatic Acceptance Policy (AAP) is in place to enable staff at TVTN Trauma Units (TUs) to transfer patients to the MTC for specialist intervention before repatriation to the patient’s local hospital and/or rehabilitation provider as per the NHSE Thames Valley Repatriation Procedure. Designated TVTN TUs are located at Great Western Hospital (Swindon), Milton Keynes University Hospital, Royal Berkshire Hospital (Reading), Stoke Mandeville Hospital (Aylesbury), and Wexham Park Hospital (Slough).

Our mission is to ensure that the right patient receives the right care, in the right place, at the right time. Achievement of the latter two aims is facilitated by the use of Network-wide procedures and protocols, such as the TUB Tool and AAP. We monitor delivery of the right care to the right patient through regular Consultant-led and managerial review of key performance metrics including those published by the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN).

The Network Team

Alison Sims
Network Manager

Thames Valley Trauma ODN

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Alison's Bio

Alison joined the Network in September 2020 and has over 17 years experience in clinical networks. She also manages Thames Valley Spinal and Vascular Networks.

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Dr Simon Raby
Clinical Director

Thames Valley Trauma ODN

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Simon's Bio

Simon is a Neuro ICU Consultant based at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Julie Wright
Nurse Consultant

Thames Valley Trauma ODN

Dr Edward Sellon
Education & Governance Lead

Thames Valley Trauma ODN

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Edward's Bio

Ed is a Consultant in Medical Radiology based at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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