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Transforming services and systems

Transformation is high on the agenda for health and care communities. There are significant demands on organisations to work together to better integrate services and streamline pathways for safer, more patient-centred care, while improving efficiency and reducing costs.

The role of the West of England AHSN is to aid and support our member organisations through this journey as both a champion and critical friend.

Embedded in the regional health and care economy with links to industry, research bodies and universities, we are in a unique position to:

  • Build workforce capability to deliver change and adopt new ways of working
  • Support culture and leadership
  • Bring evidence into practice
  • Identify gaps and priorities and signpost proven solutions or develop new ones
  • Provide space for people to connect and collaborate
  • Share lessons and best practice.

An important focus of much of our transformation work is in improving patient safety. Read more about this here.

And as part of the national AHSN Network, we are committed to supporting our regional health and care community in the spread and adoption of effective initiatives and innovations.

Contact us to find out more:

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Improving patient safety

Our award-winning support for improving patient safety is central to our work in transforming health services and systems.

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Keeping people safe during and after COVID-19

Take a look at our training events and resources for care home and NHS colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Safer care through NEWS

Delivered by the West of England AHSN, this Patient Safety Collaborative programme encourages the use of a single early warning score – the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) across the region.

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Supporting healthcare innovation

Adopting innovation

As part of the AHSN Network, we are helping to spread proven innovations into the healthcare system.

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Preterm baby


The PReCePT programme is reducing the incidence of cerebral palsy by offering magnesium sulphate to all eligible women in England during preterm labour (less than 30 weeks).

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ReSPECT is about creating a personalised recommendation for someone’s clinical care in emergency situations where they are not able to make decisions or express their wishes.

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ESCAPE pain class


ESCAPE-pain is a group rehabilitation programme for people with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis, providing self-management support in the community.

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Medicines optimisation

The medicines optimisation programme aims to help patients get the maximum benefit from their medicines and reduce waste.

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Emergency Department

SHarED: Supporting high impact users to Emergency Departments

This project aims to improve outcomes for the most frequent users of Emergency Departments.

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The Q Community

Q is a connected community working together to improve health and care quality across the UK.

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Atrial fibrillation

Through this programme we aim to increase the detection and diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the population, and increase anticoagulation of people diagnosed with AF. This helps to reduce the number of people with AF who go on to have a stroke.

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