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New project to explore if Advanced Practitioner roles relieve the strain on GPs

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A new £275,000 project will explore the use of non-GP health professionals in primary care to understand if they relieve the pressure on GPs and improve patient care. The project will see the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West) team up with the West of England AHSN. The use…

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Book now: accredited quality improvement for pharmacy teams launches

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The West of England Academy are hosting a new series of five free-to-attend interactive online workshops each Tuesday evening from 1 March. This is the first series of introductory QI workshops tailored specifically by the AHSN for pharmacy teams. Attendees will gain a basic understanding and practical knowledge of applying Quality Improvement (QI) techniques to…

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Bringing together mental health teams to improve patient safety and health equity

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On 30 November the South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative (known as the MHC) held an all-day learning event for mental health teams across the South of England. The event – held online – was an opportunity for sharing learning and networking, which has been particularly challenging for large geographic…

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How Covid will impact the future delivery of care

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After a Covid-enforced hiatus our Future of Care event series got back underway again at the University of West of England (UWE) on Wednesday 24 November. In the keynote address Professor Maggie Rae outlined some of the ways that she, as President of the Faculty of Public Heath, sees that Covid will have the greatest…

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Introducing the West of England AHSN’s new Industry and Innovation Lead

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Business development consultant and microbiologist, Dr Cheryl Scott, has recently joined the West of England AHSN as our Industry and Innovation Lead. This is a key new role within the organisation, designed to head up the support service we offer to healthcare innovators from industry, academic and clinical backgrounds. The support provided by Cheryl and…

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AHSN Network’s COVID Oximetry @home programme wins at the HSJ Awards 2021

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England’s 15 AHSNs and the AHSN Network celebrated a win at the prestigious HSJ Awards ceremony in London on 18 November. The team were successful in the patient safety category for the significant support Patient Safety Collaboratives and AHSNs provided to implement COVID Oximetry @home and virtual wards. The programme was delivered in partnership with…

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Welcoming Chief Executive Officers appointed to lead our new Integrated Care Boards

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NHS England and NHS Improvement are recruiting new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) designates for all 42 Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) around the country. The three ICBs in the West of England region have recently made these appointments, and the West of England AHSN are delighted to continue working with our local systems, their boards and…

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Safety and transparency in surgical innovation – can we do better?

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The first in a series of national online events was held on 3 November exploring safety and transparency in surgical innovation. The aim of these events is to enable collaboration across the sector in order to design more consistent policies in relation to introducing innovative procedures in surgery. The events are being hosted by the…

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LatchAid’s innovative breastfeeding app prescribed across NHS regions

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Gloucestershire-based LatchAid, the innovative breastfeeding support app which began its health innovation journey on our 2018 Health Innovation Programme (HIP), is now available on NHS prescription to new mums in select regions. Dr Chen Mao Davies, a computer graphics and animation expert, developed the app following her own issues with breastfeeding. Since successfully graduating from…

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Marking COPD Awareness Month – improving patient safety

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During COPD Awareness Month, the acute hospitals in the West of England have been celebrating their work to improve patient safety as part of the NHS England and Improvement Adoption and Spread Safety Improvement Programme. This has included a 34% increase (to June 2021) in the number of patients receiving all elements (for which they…

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