The West of England Academy provides a range of free resources to help you gain knowledge and develop essential skills for innovative thinking and working. We promote the use of quality improvement methodologies to support delivery of better patient care.

Our short introductory video showcases the experiences of those who have used Academy resources or attended our events, as well as introducing the range of support we offer.

You can watch the ‘Why I love the West of England Academy’ here or below. 

Why support innovation?

Innovation is the new front in improving healthcare. Simply put, innovation is ‘the application of ideas or technologies to achieve change.’

AHSNs have been described as ‘the innovation arm of the NHS’. Within the West of England AHSN we are building on our successful work in spreading the use of Quality Improvement (QI) methodologies by refreshing and broadening the scope of our Academy to support the use of innovation tools and techniques.

Who is the Academy for?

The Academy is for all health and care professionals, front line, support services and commissioners, plus innovators living, working or planning to work in the West of England.  Take a look at the region we cover.

The Academy covers the full innovation journey, from gaining a greater understanding of specific opportunities, developing creative ideas, prototyping and testing of solutions through to gathering evidence to support implementation and spread of solutions and evaluation of the benefits. Explore the innovation journey.

The Academy is available for people who already have a project in mind as well as those simply wishing to develop their skills and knowledge.

We know that working in this way and space is new for many clinicians, but this programme is designed to help you think in a more creative way in order to improve local services.

What’s on offer

We run free learning events across the West of England and offer online resources and toolkits available for download, as well as bespoke support for those needing specialist advice on our services. Follow the links below for more information. All our resources, events and services are free.  Explore our resources and toolkits and view our one pager summary of what’s on offer.

If you want guidance on the use of these resources or have suggestions, questions or want to discuss your project, please email

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