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Quality improvement

A key focus of our work is to create a culture of evidence-led best practice across our healthcare community. The NHS has not always been consistent applying and spreading evidence based practice, resulting in care variations.

We are working with healthcare clinicians and managers to implement research evidence and use quality improvement techniques in areas such as commissioning and delivery of services so that best care for patients and best value for the NHS are achieved at the same time.

Here Peter Brindle, Lead for Commissioning Evidence Informed Care at the West of England AHSN, introduces the programme:

As part of this process we are actively encouraging involvement of patients and public in determining evidence, building on sources of research from our University partners.

We have been working on two major projects which are helping to ensure that evidence from research is embedded into our practices – the Don’t Wait to Anticoagulate campaign and prevention of cerebral palsy in pre-term babies.

Evidence-informed approaches in action:

  • 13 commissioner partners and 6 GP Clinical Evidence Fellows have been trained on how to find and use evidence to improve the effectiveness of commissioning decisions
  • 7 more Fellows starting in October 2015
  • 11 GP practices trialling new approach to anti-coagulation
  • 750 strokes could be prevented through uptake of new patient programme



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