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Way Out West: annual review 2017

Welcome to our Way Out West, our annual review and online magazine. We take a look back at the first four years of our Academic Health Science Network and what lies in store in the years ahead.


Creating an ecosystem for innovation

Foreword by Deborah Evans, Managing Director of the West of England AHSN


How engagement leads to adoption and spread

This is what adoption and spread looks like in the West of England.

All aboard the innovation and improvement express!

We track our progress from 2013 when NHS England first awarded the AHSN licences.

The year in numbers 2016-17

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

Bringing innovation into practice

Innovation is at the heart of our mission as an AHSN to support the West of England health economy.


Supporting the digital journey

Increasingly the West of England AHSN is is playing an important role in supporting our member organisations to understand and take advantage of the opportunities arising from the digital transformation of our health service.

Creating a culture of evidence-led practice

A key focus of our work is to create a culture of evidence-led best practice across our healthcare community here in the West of England.

Building capability for improvement and innovation

With the strengthened focus on transformation in health systems, it is increasingly important for us to support Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) around workforce capability in quality improvement, innovation and patient safety core skills.

The deteriorating patient

Our West of England Patient Safety Collaborative is prioritising initiatives to improve the emergency management of the deteriorating patient, in particular how to spot patients most at risk and how we communicate this across different handovers of care.

Collaborating in the community

Our work with colleagues in primary and community care settings has proven an invaluable launch pad for new collaborations, creating connections through new and existing networks.


Talking about the future: catalysts and connectors, challengers and champions

Steve West, Chair of the West of England AHSN and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England

Download the full report

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