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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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£500k fund launched for digital healthcare innovation in the South West

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Creative and digital companies are set to benefit from a £500,000 investment fund announced today (27 June 2016) to support the development of innovative digital technology and solutions that tackle regional healthcare priorities. The South West Interactive Healthcare Programme has been launched to improve cross-sector collaborations and innovation, while opening up exciting practical opportunities for…

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Emergency Department Safety Checklist Masterclass

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“Checklists are like toothbrushes; everyone wants one, but they don’t want to use anyone else’s!” On Monday 25 April 2016, the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) hosted a free masterclass on the Emergency Department (ED) Safety Checklist, piloted at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). Delegates were invited from EDs and AHSNs around…

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South Western Ambulance Service moves to electronic patient care records

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This spring, the South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) launched a new electronic Patient Care Record (ePCR) with  Weston Area Health NHS Trust – an electronic solution designed by paramedics for paramedics. 19 emergency vehicles have been fitted with the ePCR device and 14 clinical workstations have been installed at five receiving units at Weston General Hospital. 98 SWASFT clinicians…

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Stephen’s story

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In partnership with Sirona Care & Health and North Bristol NHS Trust, our Human Factors programme offers tailored training to support staff working in community health settings. A toolkit has been developed, supported by face-to-face train-the-trainer sessions and collaborative events for shared learning and problem solving. Stephen Early is a service user and volunteer with Sirona who has been actively involved in the…

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New Test Bed trial of self-management digital technology set to improve patient care in the West

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Patients in the West of England will be among the first to benefit from a major new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care, as announced today (Friday 22 January) by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The West of England AHSN will be leading the way in…

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Effective patient and public involvement takes time

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Developing effective patient and public involvement (PPI) takes time and commitment, says the West of England AHSN’s Patient and Public Involvement Manager, Hildegard Dumper. Two events in the last week have reminded me that the development of good public involvement takes time. At a panel discussion on cities, health, people and leadership at the Festival of…

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Why we need to learn from each other when things go wrong

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Hein Le Roux shares his thoughts on joining the Sign Up To Safety campaign, as well as some of the lessons he’s picked up from working in Australia and coaching his son’s under 9s rugby team. Since 2013, Hein has been a board member with the Gloucestershire CCG whilst also working as a half-time GP in…

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