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Guide launched to help primary care reduce harm from opioids

The West of England AHSN have launched a new easy-to follow guide for healthcare professionals working in primary care. The guide will support clinicians to identify patients at risk from opioid prescribing, includes templates and ideas as well as providing information on training and examples of best practice initiatives. The free guide has been produced as…

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Bladder and bowel key learnings report presented at House of Commons

An insights report published earlier this year, reflecting the lived experiences of people affected by bladder and bowel control issues, has been presented at the House of Commons this week. The Voices for Change report was the result of a partnership project between the West of England AHSN, the Bladder and Bowel Health Integration Team…

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Regional neonatal units celebrate highest delayed cord clamping rates in England and Wales for second year in a row

Maternity and neonatal (MatNeo) units across the South West are celebrating achieving the highest rate of delayed cord clamping in England and Wales for the second year in a row, as measured by the 2021 National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP). Rates of parental presence at one or more consultant rounds (for admissions lasting more than 24 hours) were…

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Healthtech highlights from Bristol Tech Festival

Last month, the West of England AHSN took part in this year’s Bristol Tech Festival – a five-day platform showcasing the region’s rich innovation ecosystem. Bringing the South West tech community together through a programme of panel discussions, interactive seminars and social events spread across the city, the festival presented a line-up of expert speakers…

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Call out to the next generation of London-based digital companies developing innovations for health and care

DigitalHealth.London has opened applications to its Launchpad programme for the next generation of digital health companies developing innovations to transform health and care. The programme supports London-based, early-stage companies to launch exciting new products or services to support NHS staff and patients. Sara Nelson, Programme Director, DigitalHealth.London, said: “I’m delighted to announce the opening of…

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New innovator support programme aims to reduce health inequalities in the West of England

A new innovator support programme, which aims to reduce health gaps and inequalities, is being launched today by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) in partnership with the Health Tech Hub, based at the University of the West of England. The West of England Closing the Health Gap Programme is calling for…

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