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COVID-19: collaboration is key

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In the third of our series looking at our learning from COVID-19, Kay Haughton, Director of Transformation at West of England AHSN, explains how the AHSN used its existing expertise to help healthcare systems during the pandemic. As COVID-19 took hold, we became very aware in the West of England AHSN just how busy our…

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Kevin Hunter

COVID-19: patient safety in a pandemic

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In the second of our series looking at our learning from COVID-19, Kevin Hunter, Associate Director for Patient Safety & Programme Delivery at West of England AHSN, reflects on his experiences ensuring safer care during the pandemic. I have worked in the patient safety team at the West of England AHSN for over five years…

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Supporting Care Homes: Transfer of Care Around Medicines

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Since 2018, as one of the AHSN Network’s national adoption and spread programmes, Transfer of Care Around Medicines (TCAM) has been an important medicines safety project for the West of England AHSN. Upon discharge from hospital, 30-70% of patients experience unintentional changes to their medications or an error is made because of a miscommunication. 37%1…

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New King’s Fund report on transformative technology for long-term health conditions

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A new King’s Fund report, part funded by the West of England AHSN, titled Technology and innovation for long-term health conditions uses four unique case studies to outline and discuss key themes of effective implementation of digital innovation. AHSNs commissioned the King’s Fund to explore four different digital innovations in health services from the UK and…

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Learning Disabilities Collaborative: watch the webinar

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The West of England AHSN hosted a webinar on 15 June for our Learning Disabilities Collaborative with topics including COVID-19, recognising and responding to physical deterioration, annual health checks and looking ahead to this year’s flu vaccination programme. Find out more about the work of the West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative here. Resources for…

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Supporting primary care – listen to our webinars

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Recordings of three COVID-19 webinars from the Royal College of General Pratictioners (RCGP) and the national AHSN Network are now available to watch online, featuring our Primary Care Clinical Lead, Dr Alison Tavare. COVID-19 and children Recorded on 9 July, this webinar covered identifying and managing non-COVID-related illness, a brief review of the wider impact…

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Training for care providers

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Through virtual learning and a suite of YouTube training videos, we are working as part of the NHS response to enhance the confidence of colleagues working in care settings to detect and respond to deterioration. We are continuing to provide training for staff in nursing and residential homes or providing domiciliary care in both the…

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Preventing surgical site infection across the region

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Since November 2019 we have been running a collaborative project across the West of England to reduce the incidence of surgical site infection after elective colorectal surgery. Surgical site infection (SSI) refers to wound infections following invasive surgical procedures. SSI is a major healthcare burden accounting for 14.5% of all hospital acquired infections in the…

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Healthcare Innovation

HSJ Patient Safety Award Nominations

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Two of the West of England AHSN’s member organisations have been nominated across five categories in the 2020 HSJ Patient Safety Awards. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWMHP) received three nominations: Learning Disabilities Initiative of the Year (Improving Patient Safety on the Daisy Unit), Mental Health Initiative of the Year (Reducing Restrictive Practice…

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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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