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FeNO testing improving asthma diagnosis in region

The West of England AHSN has been supporting several projects to implement FeNO testing in primary care over the past six months.  There are now 16 GP practices across the region that have access to FeNO devices, with a further 60 practices planning to go live in the next two months.  The South West Respiratory…

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One year on: new publication celebrates the opening of the Ashton Gate Vaccination Centre

One year ago, on Monday 11 January 2021 the Ashton Gate Vaccination Centre opened its doors to the people of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. This was an incredible achievement, having taken just three days to transform the stadium into a large-scale Covid vaccination centre with the help of a military team. During the…

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New project to explore if Advanced Practitioner roles relieve the strain on GPs

A new £275,000 project will explore the use of non-GP health professionals in primary care to understand if they relieve the pressure on GPs and improve patient care. The project will see the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West) team up with the West of England AHSN. The use…

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Book now: accredited quality improvement for pharmacy teams launches

The West of England Academy are hosting a new series of five free-to-attend interactive online workshops each Tuesday evening from 1 March. This is the first series of introductory QI workshops tailored specifically by the AHSN for pharmacy teams. Attendees will gain a basic understanding and practical knowledge of applying Quality Improvement (QI) techniques to…

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Eighth cohort of HIPsters graduate from Health Innovation Programme   

A new group of HIPsters has successfully graduated from our Health Innovation Programme (HIP) 2021. The HIP – an intensive, fully-funded course that helps entrepreneurs to develop business propositions with real potential to transform healthcare – delivered ten new graduates this year, bringing its total up to 124. Innovations being developed, by those successful in…

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Bringing together mental health teams to improve patient safety and health equity

On 30 November the South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative (known as the MHC) held an all-day learning event for mental health teams across the South of England. The event – held online – was an opportunity for sharing learning and networking, which has been particularly challenging for large geographic…

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