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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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Save the date: West of England AHSN conference – 9 March 2023

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Integrating innovation: the art of the possible in health and care We’re excited to announce the return of the West of England AHSN conference on Thursday 9 March 2023 – so keep the date free in your diary! Taking place at Aerospace Bristol, home of the iconic Concorde, the focus of our full-day event will…

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Patients in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire receiving faster and more reliable asthma diagnoses

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A new evaluation has found more patients in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) are receiving faster and more reliable diagnoses of asthma thanks to an ambitious project designed to ensure adoption and spread of proven innovative products.  A system wide project, led by the West of England AHSN, took place between…

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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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Launching PreCiSSIon: Preventing Caesarean Birth Surgical Site Infection

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In this blog our Clinical Lead, Lesley Jordan, looks forward to the launch of a new collaborative to reduce surgical site infection (SSI) following caesarean birth by implementing an adapted PreCiSSIon bundle in all acute maternity units in the West of England region. The launch will take place during International Infection Prevention Week 2022, 17…

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As part of National Cholesterol Month 2022, Kay Haughton discusses her personal experience with FH

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To mark National Cholesterol Month, October 2022, Kay Haughton, Nurse and Director of Transformation, West of England AHSN discusses her personal experience with Familial Hypercholesteremia (FH) and why she is a passionate supporter of the FH child parent screening programme. Without the Lipid programme I might not be writing this today- a dramatic beginning to…

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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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Meet our Black Maternity Matters Midwife Champions

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Our Midwife Champions, Angie Griffiths and Laura Lewinson, are supporting and leading midwives and maternity support workers in the pilot of our Black Maternity Matters programme, which is helping to improve outcomes for Black pregnant women and their babies. Inspired by Black Mothers Matter’s vision that one day Black mothers will no longer be disproportionately…

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The power of language

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In response to the growing commitment in the region to work together to address inequality and inequity within maternity and neonatal services the Regional Perinatal Equity Network was launched in July 2021 by the West of England and South West Academic Health Science Networks. In this blog, Katie Donovan Adekanmbi, Inclusion and Cohesion Specialist from…

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Polypharmacy: Understanding the data webinars

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The new AHSN Network Polypharmacy: Getting the Balance Right Programme aims to support local systems and primary care to identify patients at potential risk of harm and support better conversations about medicines by promoting shared decision making. One of the core principles of this is population health management. To consider how best to understand and…

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