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Spotlight on NEWS2 and ReSPECT

News

Members of the health and care community from across the West Country gathered in Cheltenham recently to collaborate on two important strands of our patient safety work around support for the deteriorating patient: the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) and the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT). These programmes reflect the two…

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Clare Evans West of England AHSN

Meet the team: our ITP programme manager

News

Clare Evans manages a scheme to help the NHS adopt new innovations into practice. Find out more about her work and which innovations she’s working on.

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Beyond shame, beyond stigma

Let’s talk about mental health

Blog article

Kay Haughton, our Director of Service Transformation, explores different perspectives on mental health and the enormous impact talking can have on people’s lives. In 2008, 20-year-old Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge, about to jump. Neil Laybourn, a complete stranger to Jonny at that time, saw his distress and stopped to talk with him –…

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Antibiotics in a pharmacy

Reducing antibiotic prescriptions in primary care

News

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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National Mortality Case Record Review (NMCRR): Annual report 2018

News

This report reveals that hospitals are using a standardised review approach to learn from adult acute deaths and improve patient care. It cites a number of case studies, including two from the West of England (see main picture, above), where the structured judgement review process has made positive contributions to improving healthcare for patient. The National…

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Churchdown Connections wins Q Exchange funding

News

West of England AHSN sponsored Q exchange bid successfully funded The Health Foundation Q Exchange funding programme aims to activate the knowledge of improvement experts across the UK; to create links between those leading work and those who can help champion, support, adopt these ideas; and to boost ideas that have the best potential to…

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PReCePT Event 17 September

Are you ready for PReCePT? Our event on 17 September

News

On 17 September, we hosted our second event for the PReCePT (PRevention of Cerebral palsy in PreTerm labour) national programme. The event welcomed delegates from all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). There was also a great mix of midwives, obstetricians and neonatologists who have recently been recruited to champion the programme at a local level. 

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Sandra Akintola

My AHSN connection – Sandra Akintola

Blog article

Sandra Akintola, Clinical Project Lead for Bristol Community Health, writes about how her work with the AHSN helped her to hone her networking style, make valuable connections and see the bigger picture to her work. I first connected with the AHSN when I attended a network meeting in place of my manager. Although I didn’t…

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Elizabeth Beech

My AHSN connection – Elizabeth Beech

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Elizabeth Beech is National Project Lead for Healthcare Acquired Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at NHS England, and a pharmacist for Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BANES CCG). Here Elizabeth writes about how her involvement with the AHSN and the Q community has helped her to make productive connections and improve local practice. I’ve worked with…

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Abby Sabey

My AHSN connection – Abby Sabey

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Abby Sabey, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England (UWE) and Senior Teaching Fellow for the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West), talks about her work, and how the West of England AHSN helps her to join the dots. My work…

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