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QI in pharmacy? It’s a brave new world.

Chris Learoyd, Senior Project Manager and Ola Howell, Clinical Pharmacy Lead, West of England AHSN

In this joint blog from Senior Project Manager, Chris Learoyd and Ola Howell, Clinical Pharmacy Lead at the West of England AHSN, we explore the value of Quality Improvement (QI) for pharmacy teams, why it hasn’t really been embedded so far and how pharmacy can get involved, including at our first-ever Pharmacy Showcase on 12…

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Working with the learning disability community to produce our new annual health check videos

Rosy Copping, Project Support Officer, West of England AHSN and Sara Melton, the Misfits Theatre Company.

The West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative puts people with a learning disability at the centre of everything we do. The Misfits Theatre Company, based in Bristol, have previously worked with the AHSN to create videos on topics such as the flu vaccine. In our latest video series, commissioned by NHS South West, we have worked with…

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Spotlight on Inclisiran

Clare Evans, Deputy Director of Service and System Transformation

October was National Cholesterol Month, and our team have been busy hosting a series of lipid optimisation education sessions; launching the new Child Parent Screening pilot for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia; increasing adoption and spread of lipid optimisation pathways and preparing to roll out Inclisiran to complement current treatments. Read more about our Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) and…

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Marking World Mental Health Day – reflecting on our mental health training for care home managers

Millie O'Keeffe, Programme Assistant, West of England AHSN

In this new blog to mark World Mental Health Day, our Programme Assistant, Millie O’Keeffe talks through the journey she and Bristol Mind took as they worked together to build a free mental health focused training package for care home managers across the West of England. Millie picks out some of the feedback the training…

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Diversity of thought is key to unlocking innovation and improvement

Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive, West of England AHSN

In this new blog, our Chief Executive Natasha Swinscoe picks out her highlights from our new business plan and impact review, exploring what we’ve achieved in the West of England and what lies in store for our Network. But perhaps more importantly, Natasha considers how we go about delivering this work, and highlights the continued…

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Meet the innovator – Chen Davies

Chen Davies, Founder and CEO of LatchAid

In the sixth of our Meet the Innovator series, we meet Chen Davies, who is the Founder and CEO of LatchAid – a breastfeeding support app that utilises innovative technology to provide mums with help and advice. Here, she shares her very personal journey from BAFTA-winning visual effects specialist to health care innovator, and how…

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