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Healthcare innovators have two weeks left to apply for the 2016 NHS Innovation Accelerator

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National and international healthcare innovators have two weeks left to apply for the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), with the deadline for applications closing at 5pm on Monday 1 August 2016. The NIA, now in its second year, is seeking the best healthcare innovators who have proven innovations to help improve health outcomes and give patients…

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First patients recruited to West of England 100k Genomes Project

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The West of England Genomic Medicine Centre (WEGMC) is helping the NHS build a new genomic medicine service by providing NHS patients with the opportunity  to take part in the 100,000 Genomes Project. Last month, the WEGMC achieved the major landmark of enrolling the first patients in the West of England region. Pictured from left…

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Resources to support safer care of the deteriorating patient

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Our NEWS (National Early Warning Score) implementation toolkit is featured in NHS Improvement’s latest patient safety resource alert, which brings together a range of resources to help NHS organisations reduce the harm caused by a failure to recognise and respond to patients of all ages at risk of deterioration. Patients of all ages are known to suffer harm if deterioration…

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Patient Safety Collaboratives: making care safer for all

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The AHSN Network’s first Patient Safety Collaboratives’ report was launched at Patient Safety Congress last week. The brochure, ‘Making care safer for all’ provides four full case studies; descriptions of our cluster work; our leadership role; and our shared priorities for the coming year. In his foreword to the report, Dr Mike Durkin, NHS National Director of Patient…

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The big vision for Diabetes Digital Coach

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At the end of June directors from our partner health service organisations, diabetes specialists, public contributors and members of our Test Bed consortium came together at HP Labs Bristol to explore the big vision as well as the ‘who, what, where, why and when?’ of our ambitious Diabetes Digital Coach programme. Over the next two years, Diabetes…

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One year on – why are patients still having unnecessary AF-related strokes?

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A new report called One year on – why are patients still having unnecessary AF-related strokes? was recently published by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s (ABPI) Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation Initiative (SAFI), and launched at a special event at the House of Commons. Stephen Ray, Quality Improvement Programme Manager attended the event to represent our Don’t…

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Evaluation of the GP Clinical Evidence Fellowship programme

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Now in its second year, the GP Clinical Evidence Fellowship programme, a collaboration between the West of England AHSN and Health Education England (HEE), represents an ambitious and innovative attempt to highlight the importance of evidence and evaluation in clinical commissioning and support its integration into routine activity. Over the last two years, 14 highly motivated GPs have been recruited to work in…

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Patient Safety podcasts: safely passing the baton of care

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Find out more about the work we’re involved in with member organisations in the West of England to enhance Patient Safety in our latest podcasts. Dr Hein Le Roux is Primary Care Patient Safety GP Lead at the West of England AHSN. Here Hein interviews Dr Emma Redfern on our programme to encourage the use of the National Early Warning Score…

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A guide to patient and public involvement in quality improvement

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HQIP (Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership) has updated its guide to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in quality improvement and it is now available to download. A number of quality improvement projects are included as case studies, including our Human Factors training for support staff in community organisations, led by Nathalie Delaney, Patient Safety Improvement Lead. You’ll find the…

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Scoring primary care culture

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Within GP practices, just as in any organisation, a better safety culture is associated with greater satisfaction and engagement from staff – the safer the culture, the better the care. It is now accepted that ‘good culture’ in the NHS is crucial to ensure patients receive high quality care and better outcomes. As teams work to…

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