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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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Care home resident having blood pressure checked

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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ReSPECT rolls out across Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire

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Today (Thursday 10 October), patients across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commisioning Group (BNSSG CCG) and Gloucestershire CCG areas will begin conversations with their clinicians and health care professionals to identify their own care and treatment preferences. It is likely that these discussions and decisions will be recorded using a new purple…

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Evidence-informed update to Emergency Department safety checklist toolkit

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Evidence from NIHR CLAHRC West’s evaluation of the use of the Emergency Department (ED) Safety Checklist in hospitals in the West of England has been used to update the national toolkit. The toolkit, developed and hosted by the West of England AHSN, supports ED staff who are implementing the Safety Checklist. Hospital trusts have been…

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Why should we care about psychological safety?

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Nathalie Delaney, Patient Safety Programme Manager at the West of England AHSN introduces ‘psychological safety’, how it impacts on teamwork and, in healthcare settings, how it impacts on patient safety. When people talk about safety, it doesn’t take long for the topic of “safety culture” to come up. But what is safety culture? And why…

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Speaking up for safety; my experience and advice

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Kevin Hunter, Associate Director for Patient Safety & Programme Delivery at the West of England AHSN shares his experience, and learning, regarding speaking up for safety in a clinical setting.  I’m sure many reading this have one or more examples of a situation where you wanted to speak up against the behaviours or actions of…

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The PReCePT Programme: from little acorns, oak trees grow

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Ellie Wetz, Programme Manager for the National PReCePT Programme, and West of England Medicines Safety Programme, shares how PReCePT has grown over the last five years. In a world where the impact of our patient safety work may feel small, it is sometimes amazing and surprising to hear that a project you have worked on has…

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Medication errors: how common are they and how can they be reduced?

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Joanna Garrett, Senior Project Manager, shares her experience and knowledge of medication errors, and how her projects are working to reduce these in the West of England region. I’m a healthcare professional and I’ve made a medication error. Mine occurred late at night whilst working as a Paramedic. I was at the end of a…

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