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Reducing antibiotic prescriptions in primary care

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The journal BMJ Open Quality has recently published a paper written by one of our GP Clinical Evidence Fellows, Dr Caroline Ward. Dr Ward’s research seeks to tackle the problem of antibiotic over-prescribing.

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The Usual Suspects: ways to widen involvement in service improvement

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Hildegard Dumper, West of England AHSN PPI Manager, reflects on ways to widen involvement and participation in service improvement. This story is a composite drawn from real events with names and identifiable features changed. Pamela came out of the COPD Steering Group meeting the other day feeling really upset, and determined to leave the project.…

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My life as a Medical Director – Dr Peter Brindle

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Dr Peter Brindle, a practicing GP and previous Lead for Commissioning Evidence Informed Care at the West of England AHSN talks about his new role as Medical Director (Clinical Effectiveness) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). I’ve been in my new role for about seven months and it is a…

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New evidence and evaluation training videos

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Do you need to find supporting evidence for a business case or project? Or demonstrate impact? A number of new online training videos will help you brush up on your skills to find and use evidence have been created by the West of England AHSN.

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Your evaluation questions answered!

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Abby Sabey, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England (UWE) Abbey is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAHRC West and delivers training with the West of England AHSN. Here she reflects on the recent delivery of the ‘Introduction to Service Evaluation’ course and answers some key questions… I ran the ‘Introduction…

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How useful is the Evaluation Works toolkit?

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The Evaluation Works online toolkit launched in March 2016, followed by a complementary two-hour workshop. Both were the result of collaborative work between the West of England AHSN, CLAHRC West and Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) in their drive to promote a culture of evaluation for health services in the region. We have come…

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What’s happening on the Evaluation Online Network?

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The Evaluation Online Network is a virtual group for anyone interested in evaluation in the West of England and beyond. It is led by Pam Moule, Professor of Health Services Research (Service Evaluation) at the University of the West of England, and Jo Bangoura, Evaluation & Commissioning Liaison Manager at the West of England AHSN…

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Sharing the learning at evidence and evaluation ‘Train the Trainer’ day

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On 27 September 2017, the West of England AHSN and NIHR CLAHRC West ran a ‘Train the Trainer’ day to share resources and experience of running the workshops – ‘Finding the Evidence’ and ‘Getting Started with Service Evaluation’. 142 NHS commissioning staff across the West of England have attended these workshops since March 2016, reporting…

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Short film highlights the value of using evidence

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There are so many challenges in the NHS – increasing demand and a reduction in the supply of staff and money. In this climate we all need to make the right decisions. The best kind of decisions are the ones for which there is most evidence. This short video highlights the impact of finding and…

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Evaluating National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in out-of-hospital settings

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NIHR CLAHRC West are collaborating with the West of England AHSN to evaluate the effectiveness of using the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in out-of-hospital settings. In hospital, early warning scores are routinely used to monitor patients’ condition and identify if they are at risk of getting worse. Staff are trained to intervene when abnormal…

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