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One for the road

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Lars Sundstrom, our Director of Innovation and Growth, who retires on 28 March, reflects on how much the West of England AHSN has achieved, and how we might fail better. Clearing out my desk today deep down in the bottom of a drawer I found one of the first drafts of a strategy paper which…

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Polypharmacy – benefits vs risks

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Mark Gregory, our Lead Pharmacist, reflects on the risks associated with polypharmacy and the benefits of deprescribing. In 1995 only 2% of the population over the age of 65 years were prescribed 10 or more medicines. By 2010 this figure had increased to 5% and by 2018 increased further to 8%. For those over the…

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The AHSN senior team and board meet with Professor Stephen Powis

Professor Stephen Powis visits the West of England AHSN

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On Friday 31 August, Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director at NHS England visited the West of England to hear about our work, past successes and future plans.

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Project to prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies wins ‘scaling up’ funding from the Health Foundation

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Developed in maternity units across the West of England, the ‘PReCePT’ project has been selected by the Health Foundation to be part of an ambitious £3.5 million improvement programme. The Scaling Up Improvement programme is supporting seven projects in the UK to take their proven health care interventions and approaches and make them work at…

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Delivering the digital future: support for our Local Digital Roadmaps

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On 22 September a major event is set to take place in Bristol bringing together healthcare professionals with technology companies and entrepreneurs to explore opportunities for accelerating the digital agenda across the West of England. Feedback is now emerging on our Sustainability and Transformation Plans and associated Local Digital Roadmap submissions. We now need to galvanise…

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West of England AHSN and SMEs showcased at Expo

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Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 returns to Manchester this week on 7 and 8 September and we will be showcasing our work alongside other AHSNs from across the country on the AHSN Network stand. If you’re attending, do make sure you come and say hello and pick up a copy of our latest impact report. You’ll find…

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“A marriage of clinical leadership and strong healthcare management”

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This month we welcomed Dr Mike Durkin National Director Patient Safety at NHS Improvement and Nigel Acheson Medical Director NHS England South to the West of England AHSN to talk about the work we are doing in our Patient Safety Collaborative. Now in its third year, Mike heard about the progress and achievements of our Collaborative to date and…

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Applications for 2016 NIA now closed

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Applications have now closed for the 2016 NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA). Further to an extensive shortlisting and interview process, successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of October. This will be followed by an official launch event on the 9th November 2016. All applications to the NIA are additionally being considered for the new…

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West of England AHSN leading the growth of the Q community

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The West of England AHSN has been chosen as one of three AHSNs across the country to lead the next phase of the Health Foundation’s exciting Q initiative, which will create opportunities for greater collaborative working for people from across our healthcare systems. The Health Foundation’s Q initiative is connecting people with improvement expertise across…

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Tell us how we’re doing in our annual stakeholder survey

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*** Please note the stakeholder survey is now closed. The findings are due to be published in late October 2016. Thank you to everyone that contributed their feedback. *** Discussion, debate and collaboration are at the heart of all we do at the West of England AHSN, which is why we take our annual stakeholder…

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