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Showcasing health innovation in the West of England

People at the heart of driving the innovation of health and care across the region with the support of the West of England AHSN gathered in Bristol yesterday for a special showcase event, along with guests from the Accelerated Access Collaborative, NHS England’s Innovation, Research and Life Sciences team and the government’s Office for Life…

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HSJ Partnership Award for AHSN innovation programme that is transforming ADHD diagnosis in the NHS

Almost 57,000 people (aged 6-18 years) have received an objective assessment for ADHD since Academic Health Science Networks began to support a new digital innovation, QbTest. The innovation, which speeds up the time to diagnosis, has improved patient experience and saved the NHS a potential £19.5m since 2017*. It is being used in 59 trusts…

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Keeping Active During Covid-19 shortlisted for national award

We are delighted to announce that Keeping Active During COVID-19, has been shortlisted in the Most Promising Pilot Programme category at the Leading Healthcare Awards 2022. The project was launched in May 2020 in response to concern that patients with chronic respiratory conditions would not be able to maintain adequate levels of physical activity during…

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Working with BSW CCG to improve diabetes care

The West of England AHSN and Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG (BSW CCG) are reaching the end of a 12-month project to improve care for patients with type 2 diabetes. Since the project launched in February 2021, a community of practice has been established with 174 members from 58 practices alongside secondary…

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NEWS2 scores help identify sickest COVID-19 patients

Using National Early Warning Scores (NEWS2) can help identify those COVID-19 patients who are sickest and at risk of dying, a study published in Emergency Medicine Journal has shown. National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West) funded-researchers looked at data from 1,263 COVID-19 patients admitted to four hospitals in the…

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Regional neonatal units celebrate highest delayed cord clamping rates in England

Maternity and neonatal (MatNeo) units across the South West are celebrating achieving the highest delayed cord clamping rates in 2020 in England, as measured by the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP). On average, units across the South West also achieved the third lowest rates of mortality to discharge, the second lowest rates of necrotising enterocolitis,…

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