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Reflections on working in a COVID-19 environment

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Dr. Mark Juniper shares his experiences of adjusting to and working in a COVID-19 environment. I’ve recently done my first resident night on call for 25 years. For more than 20 years, I have been a consultant in respiratory and intensive care medicine. Eight years ago I took on the role of clinical coordinator at…

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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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Supporting use of digital technology in primary care and care homes

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GP practices in the West of England are helping to address the challenges presented by COVID-19 by enabling patients to connect with them remotely through online or video consultation. The move towards greater use of online patient triage and video consultation in General Practice has long been on the cards and in many regions was…

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"I hope each and every midwife gives themselves time to celebrate with their families and reflect a little on the amazing job they are doing." - Ann Remmers

Midwives rise to the challenge in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

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Ann Remmers, Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Lead for the West of England AHSN, reflects on how brilliantly midwives are adjusting to working in these unprecedented times, and thanks each and every midwife for the amazing job they are doing. No one could ever have predicted what a momentous year the International Year of the Nurse…

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What’s the NEWS? Supporting the identification of the deteriorating patient

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Alison Tavaré, GP and Primary Care Clinical Lead here at the West of England AHSN shares a personal experience of surviving sepsis, and explains why she’s now such a strong advocate for the use of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in supporting the identification of the deteriorating patient. Surgery to stabilise my spine sorted…

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The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) can be used to identify pre-hospital patients who are most unwell

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The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) can help identify pre-hospital patients who are most unwell and is associated with a reduction in mortality in those patients admitted with a possible diagnosis of sepsis without increasing the overall number of admissions, according to a paper published in the BJGP.

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Calculating early warning scores before they reach hospital can help the sickest patients

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Recording National Early Warning Scores (NEWS) when a patient is urgently referred to hospital can improve the process of care for the sickest patients and reduce the time taken to get to hospital, according to a West of England AHSN supported study funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) at the University of Bristol…

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New online video training for care home staff

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Wessex and the West of England Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), and West Hampshire CCG, funded by Health Education England, have collaborated to produce a series of free videos and e-learning materials to support staff working in care homes to care for residents who are at risk of deterioration. As recognised in a recent paper…

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Celebrating patient safety champions across the West of England

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It’s Patient Safety Awareness Week and to celebrate we’re giving a shout out to all the amazing patient safety champions across the West of England. Here are this year’s champions and the reasons for their nominations:   The Patient Safety Team for Children’s Services at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust for improvements they have…

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ReSPECT the process and talk early

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Tony Goring, Project Manager on the Patient Safety Collaborative at the West of England AHSN reflects on a conversation with student paramedics on the day ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) rolls out across parts of the West of England. As ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) launched across…

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