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The West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative

We established the West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative (LDC) in early 2019 bringing together individuals and organisations from across the region interested in the care of people with a learning disability and experts by experience, with a focus on three priority areas: Improving recognition of deterioration through use of soft-signs and National Early Warning…

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Electronic health records in care homes

With support from the West of England AHSN, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) CCG built on a recent trial using an early ‘mobile’ version of TPP’s SystmOne electronic health record, by introducing a new care home module across a small number of care homes. Early feedback is indicating demonstrable benefits in…

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PERIPrem (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth)

Launched in April 2020, PERIPrem (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth) is a unique perinatal care bundle that aims to improve the outcomes for premature babies across the West and South West regions. As of December 2021, 1,094 babies have been cared for using our PERIPrem bundle. This reflects the NHS Long Term…

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ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment)

The ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) process creates a summary of personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they do not have capacity to make or express choices. ReSPECT was developed by the Resuscitation Council, working alongside NHS stakeholders, patients, and families. The roll-out of…

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PreciSSIon (Preventing Surgical Site Infection across a region)

PreciSSIon (Preventing Surgical Site Infection across a region) is a double award-winning collaborative involving all hospitals in the West of England. The aim was to reduce incidence of surgical site infection after elective colorectal surgery by implementing a four-point evidence-based bundle of care developed at North Bristol NHS Trust in February 2013. This became a…

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SHarED (Supporting High impact users in Emergency Departments)

The SHarED (Supporting High impact users in Emergency Departments) project aimed to improve outcomes for the most frequent users of Emergency Departments (EDs). High impact users (HIU) of EDs suffer some of the most severe health inequalities in the UK. There is also a significant financial impact on the NHS with some HIU costing £30,000…

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PReCePT – preventing cerebral palsy in preterm babies

Every year around 4,000 women in the UK give birth very early because of complications with their pregnancy. Being born too early is the leading cause of cerebral palsy, which has a lifelong impact on children and families. Magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) given during preterm labour reduces the relative risk of cerebral palsy in very preterm…

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Health Innovation Programme

The Health Innovation Programme (HIP) is a healthcare innovation business development course, helping healthcare entrepreneurs test the validity of their business models and understand how to pitch their propositions to the NHS, amid a very complex NHS business landscape. The programme was developed as a collaboration between four AHSNs (West of England, Kent Surrey &…

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NEWS – National Early Warning Score

Prior to use of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) across healthcare systems there was no standardised response to deterioration or common ‘language’ used at all handovers of care for acutely unwell patients. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) developed NEWS and the updated NEWS2 as an aggregate scoring system of physiological observations that act…

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Emergency Department (ED) Safety Checklist

Patient crowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) makes it difficult for staff to monitor all patients for signs of clinical deterioration. University Hospitals Bristol and Weston developed an innovative ED Safety Checklist to respond to these challenges. Supported by the West of England AHSN, the checklist was adopted by all seven EDs and the ambulance service…

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