Category > Research and evaluation

Testing the potential of AI logistics technology to support the home care workforce

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A new evaluation programme has started in the South West to test the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) logistics technology, which aims to transform planning for providers of domiciliary social and health care and improve the working lives of their staff – and ultimately, the quality of service provided to patients in their own homes.…

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New project to explore if Advanced Practitioner roles relieve the strain on GPs

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A new £275,000 project will explore the use of non-GP health professionals in primary care to understand if they relieve the pressure on GPs and improve patient care. The project will see the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West) team up with the West of England AHSN. The use…

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The future of healthcare: turning challenges into opportunities through powerful partnership working

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In the first of our blogs about our pioneering Future Challenges programme, project leads Urszula Kapoulas and Rosie Brown share their passion for the programme’s cross-sector partnership working and its potential to deliver positive change. The Future Challenges programme – what’s it all about? The Future Challenges is a ground-breaking West of England AHSN-designed programme…

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Applications for the NHS Innovation Accelerator are now open!

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The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative supported by England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and hosted at UCLPartners – has launched its call for applications representing high impact, evidence-based innovations. Successful applicants will become 2021 NIA Fellows. The call is open to local, national and international healthcare innovations supported by…

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Sharing learning from our QI Summer Series

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During July and August 2020 the West of England Academy, aided by guest facilitators and speakers, held weekly Quality Improvement (QI) webinars. This season of learning, known as the QI Summer Series, was fully booked with a lengthy waiting list. We are also delighted to say the series received 100% positive feedback from attendees, no…

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The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) can be used to identify pre-hospital patients who are most unwell

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The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) can help identify pre-hospital patients who are most unwell and is associated with a reduction in mortality in those patients admitted with a possible diagnosis of sepsis without increasing the overall number of admissions, according to a paper published in the BJGP.

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Calculating early warning scores before they reach hospital can help the sickest patients

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Recording National Early Warning Scores (NEWS) when a patient is urgently referred to hospital can improve the process of care for the sickest patients and reduce the time taken to get to hospital, according to a West of England AHSN supported study funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) at the University of Bristol…

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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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£9 million boost for health research in the West Country

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Health researchers in the West Country have been given a £9 million award from the Government’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to enable them to tackle the area’s most pressing health problems. The new funding will enable new research projects including forecasting demand in hospitals, increasing people’s physical activity levels, supporting people who…

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Steve West

Driving sustainable, responsible and inclusive economic growth

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As well as being Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England and chair for the West of England AHSN, Professor Steve West chairs the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Here Steve writes about how the LEP is working alongside authorities across the region to drive sustainable economic growth and improve health…

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