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Alessandra Glover Williams

Civility can save lives

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Aless Glover Williams, Neonatal GRID Trainee ST7, St Michael’s Neonatal Unit and Neonatal QI Fellow supporting the PERIPrem Project on how knowing your team will help ensure Patient Safety. On World Patient Safety Day, especially as this year highlights ‘Health Worker Safety’, I’m reflecting on the importance of knowing and valuing the individual members of…

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Reflecting on 2019/20

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Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive, West of England AHSN, introduces our  2019/20 annual review, with a look back over some of our achievements from the last year. All of us working in healthcare are familiar with the concept that the only constant is change. However, this year it feels as though things may never be the…

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Innovating for economic growth

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Steve West, Chair, West of England AHSN and Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England and Chair, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership on the challenges and opportunities for health, care and the economy, and how the AHSN can help to meet them. Who would have imagined six months ago that we would be in…

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health innovation

What is innovation, and how will an Academy help?

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David Evans, Programme Manager for the West of England Academy reflects on innovation, and what role that we, as an AHSN, might play in helping others understand and embrace innovation. Take a glance through the NHS Long Term Plan and the word ‘innovation’ appears time after time. Simon Stevens is accredited as saying, ‘the AHSNs…

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Premature Baby

Neonatal care: collaborating to improving outcomes

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Noshin Menzies, Senior Project Manager at the West of England AHSN reflects on prematurity interventions, ahead of World Prematurity Day. This Sunday (17 November) is World Prematurity Day. It’s close to my heart, being a mum to a premature baby and working on PReCePT, an initiative to reduce risk of cerebral palsy in premature babies.…

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ReSPECT the process and talk early

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Tony Goring, Project Manager on the Patient Safety Collaborative at the West of England AHSN reflects on a conversation with student paramedics on the day ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) rolls out across parts of the West of England. As ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) launched across…

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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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