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Preventing surgical site infection across the region

Since November 2019 we have been running a collaborative project across the West of England to reduce the incidence of surgical site infection after elective colorectal surgery. Surgical site infection (SSI) refers to wound infections following invasive surgical procedures. SSI is a major healthcare burden accounting for 14.5% of all hospital acquired infections in the…

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Introducing the quality improvement (QI) summer series

We are hosting a series of five online workshops from 29 July to 26 August on quality improvement (QI). Free to attend, and for any innovator or employee within healthcare, each two-hour session is standalone so you can choose individual workshops or sign up for the series. Each workshop will be highly interactive, so you…

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HSJ Patient Safety Award Nominations

Two of the West of England AHSN’s member organisations have been nominated across five categories in the 2020 HSJ Patient Safety Awards. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWMHP) received three nominations: Learning Disabilities Initiative of the Year (Improving Patient Safety on the Daisy Unit), Mental Health Initiative of the Year (Reducing Restrictive Practice…

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Regional and national stakeholder reports published

NHS England/Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences commissioned research to explore and evaluate the views of AHSN stakeholders. Savanta ComRes conducted this independent evaluation. With input from AHSNs and commissioners, they developed and ran an online survey and telephone interviews. Those taking part were stakeholders in health and social care, private and voluntary sectors,…

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Supporting the response to COVID-19

Now that our partners across the NHS and social care are mobilising at scale in response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the role of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) is to support them by helping them take full advantage of the most relevant innovations and technologies that can improve care for patients and support our services in this challenging context.

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Supporting use of digital technology in primary care and care homes

GP practices in the West of England are helping to address the challenges presented by COVID-19 by enabling patients to connect with them remotely through online or video consultation. The move towards greater use of online patient triage and video consultation in General Practice has long been on the cards and in many regions was…

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