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The future of healthcare: turning challenges into opportunities through powerful partnership working

Urszula Kapoulas, Senior Project Manager and Rosie Brown, Project Manager - Innovation & Growth, West of England AHSN

In the first of our blogs about our pioneering Future Challenges programme, project leads Urszula Kapoulas and Rosie Brown share their passion for the programme’s cross-sector partnership working and its potential to deliver positive change. The Future Challenges programme – what’s it all about? The Future Challenges is a ground-breaking West of England AHSN-designed programme…

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Why I believe in RESTORE2 training for all care home staff

Jacqui Croxford, Compliance and Care Strategy Manager, Darbyshire Care

Jacqui Croxford is a Care Home Manager with Darbyshire Care. In the summer of 2020 she completed our free online Train the Trainer programme for RESTORE2 and has been an advocate of this evidence-based tool ever since. In this blog, Jacqui explains why. I have been a mental health nurse since 1996 and had the…

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2020 – The year of learning through adversity

Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive, West of England AHSN

Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive of the West of England AHSN, looks back on the last 12 months. As I reflect on the year that was 2020, two quotes spring to mind, from very different sources. Firstly there are Michelle Obama’s motivational words: “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for…

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Meet the innovator – Carey McClellan

In the second of our Meet the Innovator blog series, we meet  Carey McClellan, Founder/CEO of getUBetter – a digital self-management platform for all common musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.  Here, he talks about how the West of England AHSN helped him with early ownership of his idea and what our Health Innovation Programme (HIP) taught…

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Five questions to help you select the right digital solutions for remote monitoring during COVID-19

Dr Shanil Mantri, GP and Clinical Digital Advisor to the West of England AHSN

With the rise of COVID-19 and the need for increased home monitoring, in particular pulse oximetry, there is renewed interest in the role of digital in supporting this pathway. Dr Shanil Mantri, GP and Clinical Digital Advisor to the West of England AHSN, shares his advice on what should to be considered when contemplating a…

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Reflecting on and celebrating ReSPECT

Anne Pullyblank, Medical Director West of England AHSN

In this special blog post, Anne Pullyblank – Medical Director, West of England AHSN, discusses how ReSPECT started, the success of the programme, and what is next.  Back in 2018, there was a mixed picture across our region for managing end of life care. We knew we needed a unified system to make these challenging…

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