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Reflecting on and celebrating ReSPECT

Anne Pullyblank, Medical Director West of England AHSN

In this special blog post, Anne Pullyblank – Medical Director, West of England AHSN, discusses how ReSPECT started, the success of the programme, and what is next.  Back in 2018, there was a mixed picture across our region for managing end of life care. We knew we needed a unified system to make these challenging…

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Helping care home residents get the right treatment quickly

Chris Turner (GP) and Soghra Bi (Senior Community Nurse)

Fessey House is a residential care home in Swindon for people with dementia, learning disabilities and other enhanced needs. Local GP, Chris Turner and Senior Community Nurse, Soghra Bi have been supporting Fessey House to introduce RESTORE2, in collaboration with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to help staff more quickly identify when residents’ health…

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“So… what do they do?” A view from a new starter

Emma Ryan, Marketing and Communications Officer, West of England AHSN

Emma Ryan started with the West of England AHSN Communications team in September, and wrote this blog a couple of weeks into her new role. In the Summer of COVID-19, I sat at home, 2 months into furlough with the likelihood of looming redundancies in the hospitality business I worked in and had grown to…

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Meet the innovator – Tommy Parker

In the first of our Meet the Innovator blog series, which spotlights the Founders and CEO’s making a difference to the lives of others, we meet Tommy Parker, CEO of KiActiv® – a clinically proven digital therapy designed to improve the self-management of long-term health conditions. Here he reflects how support from the West of…

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COVID-19: adaptability and rapid response

Alex Leach, Deputy Director of Innovation and Growth, West of England AHSN

In the fourth of our series looking at our learning from Covid-19, Alex Leach, Deputy Director of Innovation and Growth, reflects on the huge opportunities and risks that Covid has presented to innovators. I have always liked this quote from Charles Darwin, who famously wrote in the Origin of Species, published in 1859, “It is…

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COVID-19: collaboration is key

In the third of our series looking at our learning from COVID-19, Kay Haughton, Director of Transformation at West of England AHSN, explains how the AHSN used its existing expertise to help healthcare systems during the pandemic. As COVID-19 took hold, we became very aware in the West of England AHSN just how busy our…

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