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Quality improvement

We work with the health and care community in the West of England 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.

As part of this process we actively encourage the involvement of patients and public in determining evidence, building on sources of research from our university partners.

Two examples of our work to ensure that evidence from research is embedded into our practices are the Don’t Wait to Anticoagulate project and Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in Pre-Term Babies (PReCePT).

Through our West of England Academy we are supporting healthcare professionals across the region to build the skills and knowledge to deliver long-term, sustainable improvements in patient care. With the strengthened focus on transformation in health systems, it is increasingly important for us to support Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) around workforce capability and capacity in quality improvement, innovation and patient safety core skills.

Building capability for improvement and innovation:

  • 3,370 people from across our health and care communities benefited from West of England Academy learning events and programmes in 2016-17
  • 109 primary care practices have been trialling a new approach to anti-coagulation as part of our Don’t Wait to Anticoagulate project
  • 27 strokes have potentially been prevented amongst people with atrial fibrillation
  • 664 staff across all five maternity units in the West of England received training through the PReCePT project in eight months

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