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Guide launched to help primary care reduce harm from opioids

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The West of England AHSN have launched a new easy-to follow guide for healthcare professionals working in primary care. The guide will support clinicians to identify patients at risk from opioid prescribing, includes templates and ideas as well as providing information on training and examples of best practice initiatives. The free guide has been produced as…

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Regional neonatal units celebrate highest delayed cord clamping rates in England and Wales for second year in a row

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Maternity and neonatal (MatNeo) units across the South West are celebrating achieving the highest rate of delayed cord clamping in England and Wales for the second year in a row, as measured by the 2021 National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP). Rates of parental presence at one or more consultant rounds (for admissions lasting more than 24 hours) were…

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South West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative hold successful first online event

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On 3 October, the new and extended South West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative (SW LDC) held an online event for those with an interest in learning disabilities and improving outcomes for people with a learning disability across the South West to come together and share experiences, ideas and learning. The event was chaired by…

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Regional Perinatal Equity Network celebrates first anniversary

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Maternity and neonatal practitioners came together in the South West this month to celebrate one year since the launch of the Regional Perinatal Equity Network, marking the anniversary with talks on perinatal inequalities from speakers including obstetrician Dr Christine Ekechi, author Kim Thomas and the Positive Birth Company. The Regional Perinatal Equity Network (RPEN), a…

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Care home staff find the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) empowers residents

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GPs and care home staff see the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) as positive and empowering for residents, according to an evaluation carried out by researchers at NIHR ARC West in collaboration with the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and published in Age and Ageing. To assess experiences with ReSPECT, researchers interviewed 16 GPs…

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The Collaborative digitally launches on World Mental Health Day

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Today on World Mental Health Day (10 October) the launch of the brand-new name and visual identity for The Collaborative has taken place. The Collaborative (formerly known as the South of England Mental Health Collaborative – MHC) aims to improve the quality and safety of services for people with mental health conditions through the use…

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Launching the South West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative: building on work across the West of England

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Join the online launch of our new and extended South West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative (SWLDC) on 3 October 2022, 1-2pm. Book your place here. The expanded collaborative, previously the West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative, will share learning and best practice across the South West with presentations including improving the outcomes of someone…

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Mark Juniper appointed as West of England AHSN’s new Medical Director

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We’re delighted to announce that Mark Juniper has been appointed as the West of England AHSN’s new Medical Director. Mark will be joining the AHSN on 1 October 2022 on a three-year, part-time secondment from Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he is Consultant Physician. With a long track record in supporting the work…

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Looking ahead to World Patient Safety Day 2022 focussed on medicines safety

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Ahead of World Patient Safety Day 2022, Jan Scott, Patient Safety Programme Manager, discusses how the West of England AHSN Polypharmacy Community of Practice (CoP) is tackling the challenge to reduce severe avoidable medication related harm. The AHSN held its first CoP in August 2022 with the second scheduled for November. Polypharmacy simply means many…

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Bringing together mental health teams to improve patient safety

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On 12 July the collaborative held an all-day learning event for mental health teams across the South of England. The event – which was held face to face for the first time in over 2 years – was an opportunity for sharing learning and networking, which has been particularly challenging for large geographic collaboratives during…

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