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How a rapid AHSN response team helped patients with respiratory illness stay well during Covid-19

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Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, NHS community service provider, Wiltshire Health and Care (WHC) had to pause their provision of face-to-face community Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) for patients living with a respiratory condition. As a result, clinicians were concerned that patients with chronic respiratory conditions would not be able to maintain an adequate level of physical…

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Local innovator providing digital support to vaccine roll-out

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We are excited to share some fantastic news from RIVIAM Digital Care, a local Bath-based company which the West of England AHSN has supported over a number of years. RIVIAM’s technology will enable digital consent for the roll-out of the COVID-19 immunisation to children aged 12-15 following the UK government’s announcement that all 12-15-year-olds will…

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HIP graduate launches pioneering app to support breastfeeding mums during World Breastfeeding Week

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After successfully graduating from our Health Innovation Programme in 2018, Dr Chen Mao Davies has gone from strength to strength, co-developing her innovative LatchAid solution with top infant and maternal health experts to help revolutionise breastfeeding. During World Breastfeeding Week, the Gloucestershire-based company takes its next exciting step with the launch of the new LatchAid…

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Diversity of thought is key to unlocking innovation and improvement

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In this new blog, our Chief Executive Natasha Swinscoe picks out her highlights from our new business plan and impact review, exploring what we’ve achieved in the West of England and what lies in store for our Network. But perhaps more importantly, Natasha considers how we go about delivering this work, and highlights the continued…

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Meet the innovator – Chen Davies

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In the sixth of our Meet the Innovator series, we meet Chen Davies, who is the Founder and CEO of LatchAid – a breastfeeding support app that utilises innovative technology to provide mums with help and advice. Here, she shares her very personal journey from BAFTA-winning visual effects specialist to health care innovator, and how…

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West of England AHSN instrumental in generating £9.7 million of investment for the region

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Last year, £9.7 million in funding was leveraged by healthcare innovators, through grants and private investment, with the support of the West of England AHSN. This figure has been released as part of our recent Impact Review 2020-21, demonstrating huge progress in the creation of health and wealth for our region. The West of England…

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New app launched to support the 1 in 5 UK adults experiencing continence issues

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Today sees the launch of a new app to support people with continence issues. The new CONfidence app aims to address inequalities in care for patients with pelvic floor disorders and to improve services for the future, as well as providing support and advice to people suffering in silence with continence issues. It is being…

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Meet the innovator – Caz Icke

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In the fifth of our Meet the Innovator series, we meet Caz Icke, who is a specialist neurophysiotherapist and the developer/Director of SoleSense – a rehabilitation solution for patients with neurological conditions affecting balance and walking. In this blog she talks about her hopes to help patients, clinicians and the NHS, and how the West…

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Last call for domiciliary care workforce solutions

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Calling all innovators! The closing deadline for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Challenge is looming, but there is still time to get your application in. The West of England AHSN, South West AHSN and Health Education England South West, are seeking innovative solutions to improve the capacity, capability and wellbeing of the domiciliary care workforce, with…

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The search for solutions to make a positive measureable impact on the social and health care workforce

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The domiciliary care workforce is under huge pressure – and with staff turnover and sickness levels so high, there is a clear need for support in this sector. In this blog, Roger McDermott, Senior Programme Manager at the West of England AHSN, shares his insights into the issues and needs – and explains the importance…

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