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Implementation of RESTORE2: Mortimer House Nursing Home

Lorna Hewlett, Nursing Clinical Lead, Mortimer House Nursing Home

In August 2020, four nurses completed the West of England AHSN’s free RESTORE2 Train-the-Trainer learning to implement and embed RESTORE2 into Mortimer House Nursing Home. In this case study, nursing Clinical Lead, Lorna Hewlett, describes her experience of using RESTORE2 and the impact the tool has had on the home’s ability to effectively manage deteriorating residents.…

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Creating shared learning spaces to help clinicians address problematic polypharmacy

Chris Learoyd, Senior Project Manager, West of England AHSN

Chris Learoyd is Senior Project Manager at the West of England AHSN, overseeing our medicines optimisation programmes. In this blog, Chris explores some of the work we are currently involved in to help reduce harm from medicines. Medicines safety and improvement work is complex: patients are prescribed medicines in different settings across the entire healthcare…

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Improving patient outcomes: non-invasive ventilation

Rebecca Mason, Respiratory Consultant, RUH Bath.

In this blog, project Clinical Lead and Respiratory Consultant at the Royal United Hospital Bath, Dr Rebecca Mason, looks forward to the launch of a new West of England collaborative to reduce mortality following non-invasive ventilation (NIV). A design and launch event is being held on 9 December. Here Rebecca explains more… Acute NIV is…

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

Victoria Barnes, Newent Community School's former Deputy Additional Learning Needs Coordinator

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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Launching PreCiSSIon: Preventing Caesarean Birth Surgical Site Infection

Lesley Jordan, Consultant Anaesthetist/Trust Patient Safety Lead, RUH Bath and Clinical Lead, West of England AHSN

In this blog our Clinical Lead, Lesley Jordan, looks forward to the launch of a new collaborative to reduce surgical site infection (SSI) following caesarean birth by implementing an adapted PreCiSSIon bundle in all acute maternity units in the West of England region. The launch will take place during International Infection Prevention Week 2022, 17…

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As part of National Cholesterol Month 2022, Kay Haughton discusses her personal experience with FH

Kay Haughton, Director of Transformation, West of England AHSN

To mark National Cholesterol Month, October 2022, Kay Haughton, Nurse and Director of Transformation, West of England AHSN discusses her personal experience with Familial Hypercholesteremia (FH) and why she is a passionate supporter of the FH child parent screening programme. Without the Lipid programme I might not be writing this today- a dramatic beginning to…

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