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How SmartGym is promoting student mental health and wellbeing at Newent Community School

Victoria Barnes, Newent Community School's former Deputy Additional Learning Needs Coordinator

Earlier this year, we published the evaluation report on the SmartGym Gloucestershire project at Newent Community School, as part of our Future Challenges programme, enabling innovators and local partners to pilot innovations and validate them in real-world settings. SmartGym combines physical and cognitive activities, gamification of physical activities (using game elements to solve problems and…

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Launching PreCiSSIon: Preventing Caesarean Birth Surgical Site Infection

Lesley Jordan, Consultant Anaesthetist/Trust Patient Safety Lead, RUH Bath and Clinical Lead, West of England AHSN

In this blog our Clinical Lead, Lesley Jordan, looks forward to the launch of a new collaborative to reduce surgical site infection (SSI) following caesarean birth by implementing an adapted PreCiSSIon bundle in all acute maternity units in the West of England region. The launch will take place during International Infection Prevention Week 2022, 17…

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As part of National Cholesterol Month 2022, Kay Haughton discusses her personal experience with FH

Kay Haughton, Director of Transformation, West of England AHSN

To mark National Cholesterol Month, October 2022, Kay Haughton, Nurse and Director of Transformation, West of England AHSN discusses her personal experience with Familial Hypercholesteremia (FH) and why she is a passionate supporter of the FH child parent screening programme. Without the Lipid programme I might not be writing this today- a dramatic beginning to…

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Looking ahead to World Patient Safety Day 2022 focussed on medicines safety

Jan Scott, Patient Safety Programme Manager

Ahead of World Patient Safety Day 2022, Jan Scott, Patient Safety Programme Manager, discusses how the West of England AHSN Polypharmacy Community of Practice (CoP) is tackling the challenge to reduce severe avoidable medication related harm. The AHSN held its first CoP in August 2022 with the second scheduled for November. Polypharmacy simply means many…

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Celebrating one year of the Regional Perinatal Equity Network

Ann Remmers, Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Lead

In this blog our Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Lead, Ann Remmers, looks back on a successful year of the Regional Perinatal Equity Network (RPEN) and forward to the next meeting on 13 October 2022. The network provides an opportunity for those working within maternity and newborn services, related organisations and parents and parent partners to…

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Getting the balance right on polypharmacy

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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