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Week 1: 6 February 2017

A is for Atlas

The country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have come together to deliver the AHSN Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare, an online hub of proven innovations that are making a positive difference both to people’s lives and NHS efficiency. Access the new tool at

The AHSN Atlas features innovation case studies from across the country, including some from here in the West of England, such as using human factors to improve patient safety, exploring our work with Health Education South West,  Sirona Health & Care and North Bristol NHS Trust to develop an intervention tool to support Human Factors training for Bands 1-4 staff working in community health settings.

Another example from our region is the Safer Care through Early Warning Scores programme, which is providing a common approach to identifying and communicating about deteriorating patients across primary care, ambulance, hospital, community and mental health settings.

New case studies are being added to Atlas all the time, with each example meeting one or more of the gaps identified by the NHS in its Five Year Forward View:

  • addressing the care and quality gap
  • addressing the funding and efficiency gap
  • addressing the health and wellbeing gap
  • driving economic growth.

Find out more at