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Getting the balance right on polypharmacy

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The AHSN Network recently launched the new national polypharmacy programme: getting the balance right. Here national Programme Manager, Amy Semple and Clinical Lead, Clare Howard discuss why we need to take action to address problematic polypharmacy and how the AHSN Network is supporting this important area of work. “As we live longer with more long-term…

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A conversation with Robert Woolley

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Robert Woolley was a founding board member of the West of England AHSN since our very earliest days when we were first licensed by NHS England back in 2013. With a distinguished career in the NHS spanning more than 30 years, he retired as Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust…

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Translating academic research ideas into health and care innovation

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Faiza Abdul Aziz is an impact administrator and master’s student at the University of Bath, who recently attended our Lunch with Impact event for University of Bath researchers, hosted by our Industry and Innovation team. In this blog, Faiza shares her insights and learnings from the session, including how the AHSN can support academic researchers…

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The value of coming together with MatNeo colleagues

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Bea Chubb is a Midwife at Yeovil District Hospital and is currently on secondment to the West of England AHSN project managing local delivery of the Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (known as MatNeoSIP). In this blog, Bea tells us what she’s learnt during her time at the AHSN and how valuable it is…

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An Introduction to Innovation in Healthcare – free online learning

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The West of England Academy is launching a free online course focused on innovation in healthcare. The first cohort commences from Monday 5 July 2021. The course will be repeated in winter 2021. This is a free, four-week course (that can be started at any time within six weeks of the course start date), developed…

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In-depth review of spread and adoption approaches published by AHSN Network

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An in-depth study examining approaches to spreading and adopting innovation in the health sector has been published by the AHSN Network to help AHSNs, and partners, understand and harness the AHSN collective experience and expertise. The review, which identifies the different approaches used across the 15 AHSNs within the Network, highlights the complexity of spread…

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High impact users – changing the culture

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Sally Buckland from the Bristol Royal Infirmary reflects on setting up their High Impact User Team and the launch of the SHarED project with the West of England AHSN. Within every Emergency Department you will find a cohort of patients who have multiple attendances. Many of these patients have multiple needs and a high proportion…

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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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2020 – The year of learning through adversity

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Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive of the West of England AHSN, looks back on the last 12 months. As I reflect on the year that was 2020, two quotes spring to mind, from very different sources. Firstly there are Michelle Obama’s motivational words: “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for…

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“So… what do they do?” A view from a new starter

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Emma Ryan started with the West of England AHSN Communications team in September, and wrote this blog a couple of weeks into her new role. In the Summer of COVID-19, I sat at home, 2 months into furlough with the likelihood of looming redundancies in the hospitality business I worked in and had grown to…

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