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Innovating Together – annual review 2018-19

Welcome to our Innovating Together, our annual review. We take a look back at of some of the achievements of the past year. We can’t do any of this alone, so we focus on building strong relationships and working with our regional health and care providers to match solutions to the needs they identify.

Innovating Together tells the story of some of these and outlines some of the new developments we’ve been working on. At the bottom of the page you’ll find links to a downloadable pdf version and an online magazine.

A tremendous 2018-19

Foreword by Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive at the West of England AHSN.

In conversation – how healthcare innovation can transform lives

Innovation is at the heart of what we do as an organisation. Here two of our senior team – Kay Haughton and Nigel Harris – discuss innovation and our role in stimulating innovation in the health service.

Putting the Long Term Plan into action

There is a lot in the plan that highlights work already being planned and undertaken by the West of England AHSN. Here some of our medical leads highlight how our work is helping our member organisations respond to the Long Term Plan.

The year in numbers 2018-19

If you like facts and figures, you’ll love our ‘year in numbers’ infographic…

Students chatting

The challenge of Student Mental Health

Steve West,  Chair of the West of England AHSN, outlines the challenges facing universities around student mental health, and how harnessing the expertise of the AHSN is helping to develop solutions.

Hooray for HIP

Developing an idea into an NHS-ready product can be a daunting proposition. This is why we created our Health Innovation Programme (HIP), now in its fifth year and continuing to support innovators from across the region.

Next steps for NEWS

The next steps for NEWS

The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) has been a core part of our work in improving patient safety for nearly five years. Here, Alison Tavaré, GP Clincal Leadlooks art some of th reason behind its success, and explores where it might be applied next.

Strong local connections bring national impact in patient safety

Our collective achievements only happen because of fantastic engagement from people across the system,and their willingness to get involved and give it a go. Hear more about the changes that deliver a real impact for patients.


Online networking – hyvr and the Innovation Exchange

Over the last year we have been building and refining two online tools: hyvr, our online collaboration tool; and the Innovation Exchange. Hear from Jo Bangoura, Senior Project Manager what makes them unique.

ESCAPE-pain: Chris’s story

How one of our national programmes is having a life-changing impact

Download the full report

Get a copy of our full annual report as a PDF download, read it on Issuu, or if you’d prefer we can post you a hard copy, email us at or call 0117 900 2604.