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Supporting the response to COVID-19

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Now that our partners across the NHS and social care are mobilising at scale in response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the role of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) is to support them by helping them take full advantage of the most relevant innovations and technologies that can improve care for patients and support our services in this challenging context.

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Innovator Mark Moran MBE presenting The WaterDrop at the 2018 Expo

West of England innovator tapped to transform England’s NHS through national acceleration

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The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has announced today (5 March 2020) 11 high impact innovations joining the national accelerator in 2020, including one developed here in the West of England: The WaterDrop.

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For a greener NHS

Net zero carbon: for a greener NHS

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The climate emergency is a health emergency, and the whole of the NHS is being encouraged to tackle this crisis as part of the ‘For a greener NHS’ campaign.

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MediLink award winners

West of England innovators win Healthcare Innovation Awards

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On Thursday 6 February, three of our previous Health Innovation Programme attendees won at the Medilink South West Healthcare Innovation Awards 2020.

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Alan Bec: diversity in innovation

Diversity in Innovation: Alan Bec’s story

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Alan Bec, Founder of the Wellbeing Indicator Badge (wib) and graduate from our West of England AHSN Health Innovation Programme is one of the innovators featured in the recently published AHSN Network Diversity in innovation report. Alan shares his story of living with chronic fatigue syndrome and developing the wib as a shorthand way to…

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Innovators from the Diversity report

AHSN Network publishes report celebrating diversity

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The AHSN Network has published a new report celebrating diversity across the Network, and setting out pledges to support diversity more.

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Health and Care Innovation Expo

Five things I learned at Expo

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Last week over 5,000 NHS managers, clinicians and innovators descended on Manchester to attend the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo. Here are five things Lauren Hoskin, our Communications and Marketing Officer, learned over the two day conference. 1. The AHSN Network is taking diversity and equality seriously At Expo, Richard Stubbs, CEO at Yorkshire…

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Andrew Turner

Understanding the unintended consequences of healthcare apps

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Dr Andrew Turner, Senior Research Associate, CLAHRC West, discusses the move towards ‘digital first’ care, the possible unintended consequences of healthcare apps, and how the DECODE study aims to improve the adoption of a range of digital health tools in primary care by understanding these unintended consequences. We all know that people are living longer,…

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Calling healthcare app developers

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If you’d like to be part of research to improve the effectiveness of healthcare apps for patients we’d love to hear from you. We’re working with local researchers to understand the unintended consequences of using digital health tools in primary care – both positive and negative.

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Steve West

Driving sustainable, responsible and inclusive economic growth

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As well as being Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England and chair for the West of England AHSN, Professor Steve West chairs the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Here Steve writes about how the LEP is working alongside authorities across the region to drive sustainable economic growth and improve health…

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