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Scaling up remote monitoring across the South West

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Supporting vulnerable residents and those who live with frailty throughout the COVID-19 winter. In the South West region, the three AHSNs (West of England, South West and Wessex) are supporting ambitious plans to work together as an entire health and care system to make best use of available technologies to support our vulnerable residents during…

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Supporting patients in the community with COVID-19

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NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and local areas to support the set-up of ‘COVID oximetry@home’ services (also known as ‘COVID virtual wards’). This is one of the priority goals for the additional £150 million General Practice COVID Capacity Expansion Fund, and is already being used in…

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Five questions to help you select the right digital solutions for remote monitoring during COVID-19

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With the rise of COVID-19 and the need for increased home monitoring, in particular pulse oximetry, there is renewed interest in the role of digital in supporting this pathway. Dr Shanil Mantri, GP and Clinical Digital Advisor to the West of England AHSN, shares his advice on what should to be considered when contemplating a…

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Reflecting on and celebrating ReSPECT

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In this special blog post, Anne Pullyblank – Medical Director, West of England AHSN, discusses how ReSPECT started, the success of the programme, and what is next.  Back in 2018, there was a mixed picture across our region for managing end of life care. We knew we needed a unified system to make these challenging…

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Flu vaccination for people with Learning disabilities

Flu resources launched: People with a learning disability are at greater risk of developing serious illness

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The national flu campaign to encourage uptake of the free flu vaccination, particularly amongst at risk groups, has launched. Individuals with a learning disability are identified as an ‘at risk’ group and are therefore entitled to a free flu vaccine. As are their carers, whether that is a family member or paid support staff who…

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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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