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New evaluation shows quality improvement project is improving care for premature babies

More mothers and babies born prematurely in South West England are receiving lifechanging care interventions thanks to an ambitious project designed to reduce brain injury and death in vulnerable preterm babies, according to a new evaluation. The project is also demonstrating how effective a quality improvement (QI) approach can be at improving perinatal care.   Perinatal Excellence to Reduce…

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PERIPrem shortlisted at national awards

There are celebrations for the PERIPrem team and maternity and neonatal units across the South West after the project was shortlisted at the 2022 BAPM Gopi Menon Awards. PERIPrem, our project run in partnership with South West AHSN and South West Neonatal Network to introduce a new perinatal care bundle to improve outcomes for premature babies,…

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Bringing together mental health teams to improve patient safety

On 12 July the collaborative held an all-day learning event for mental health teams across the South of England. The event – which was held face to face for the first time in over 2 years – was an opportunity for sharing learning and networking, which has been particularly challenging for large geographic collaboratives during…

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Radii Devices secures £494k grant from Innovate UK’s Biomedical Catalyst Fund

Radii Devices – a company which develops technology to improve the fit of external medical devices, and which began its journey on our Health Innovation Programme (HIP) in 2020, has successfully secured investment to fund multi-centre clinical trials. The innovative technology, which improves the fit of medical devices that connect with the skin such as…

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Anne Pullyblank to step down as West of England AHSN Medical Director

Anne Pullyblank will be stepping down from her role as the AHSN’s Medical Director and a member of our board in the autumn. Anne has been involved with the West of England AHSN since we were first established, and has played an important role in shaping how we work, building our collaborative approach to lead…

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Transforming lives through innovation

Over the last year, the West of England AHSN has trained thousands of clinicians, delivered benefits to hundreds of thousands of patients and secured millions of pounds of investment for local innovators.  Our work has had a direct positive impact on the lives of diverse groups such premature babies, asthma patients, care home residents and…

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