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Supporting Economic Growth

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Our commission from the Office for Life Sciences focuses on the creation of a dynamic pipeline of healthcare innovations so that innovative new devices, services, treatments, and medical technologies reach patients faster and to support economic growth in the West of England. Here Alex Leach, Health Innovation West of England’s Deputy Director of Programmes, looks…

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14 strategies to implement digital services into routine work: article review

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In this blog, Dr Ben Newton, Senior Research Evaluator at Health Innovation West of England, shares his reflections on a qualitative interview study among health and social care professionals on their experiences of digital service implementations. I came across an article called How to implement digital services in a way that they integrate into routine…

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Discover, develop, deploy: creating an innovation pipeline for the West of England

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As we celebrate the 75th birthday of the NHS this year, our Chief Executive Natasha Swinscoe and Chair Steve West reflect on another milestone we are also marking here at the West of England AHSN. We’ve come a long way together since we were first established in 2013 as you can see from our illustrated…

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How SmartGym is promoting student mental health and wellbeing at Newent Community School

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Earlier this year, we published the evaluation report on the SmartGym Gloucestershire project at Newent Community School, as part of our Future Challenges programme, enabling innovators and local partners to pilot innovations and validate them in real-world settings. SmartGym combines physical and cognitive activities, gamification of physical activities (using game elements to solve problems and…

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Shining a light on bladder and bowel health

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Ahead of World Continence Week 2022, Professor Nikki Cotterill talks about her experience of working in partnership with us to identify the needs of people affected by bladder & bowel conditions – and calls for change for those affected. I have worked in the field of continence research for almost twenty years now and, since…

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Translating academic research ideas into health and care innovation

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Faiza Abdul Aziz is an impact administrator and master’s student at the University of Bath, who recently attended our Lunch with Impact event for University of Bath researchers, hosted by our Industry and Innovation team. In this blog, Faiza shares her insights and learnings from the session, including how the AHSN can support academic researchers…

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Patient and public involvement (PPI) to initiate positive change for people affected by bladder and bowel conditions

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In this blog by Project Support Officer, Cathy Geary, we hear about the public engagement work the West of England AHSN’s Innovation and Growth team has been doing to gather insight into bladder and bowel continence. The Voices for Change bladder and bowel continence project is part of the West of England AHSN’s Create Open…

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Diversity of thought is key to unlocking innovation and improvement

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In this new blog, our Chief Executive Natasha Swinscoe picks out her highlights from our new business plan and impact review, exploring what we’ve achieved in the West of England and what lies in store for our Network. But perhaps more importantly, Natasha considers how we go about delivering this work, and highlights the continued…

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Meet the innovator – Dr Chen Mao Davies

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In the sixth of our Meet the Innovator series, we meet Dr Chen Mao Davies, who is the Founder and CEO of LatchAid – a breastfeeding support app that utilises innovative technology to provide mums with help and advice. Here, she shares her very personal journey from BAFTA-winning visual effects specialist to health care innovator,…

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Meet the innovator – Caz Icke

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In the fifth of our Meet the Innovator series, we meet Caz Icke, who is a specialist neurophysiotherapist and the developer/Director of SoleSense – a rehabilitation solution for patients with neurological conditions affecting balance and walking. In this blog she talks about her hopes to help patients, clinicians and the NHS, and how the West…

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