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What’s your best-fit coaching style?

Kate Phillips, Quality Improvement Project Support Officer, West of England AHSN

Our quality improvement project support officer, Kate Phillips reflects on her learning from the West of England Academy Improvement Coach Programme… I recently took part in a great two-day improvement coaching event hosted by the West of England AHSN, funded by The Health Foundation. The event was attended by 26 of the West of England Qs,…

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How to achieve a successful working relationship with public contributors

Hildegard Dumper, Patient & Public Involvement Manager

As with any member of our team, public contributors need to be properly valued and respected for the role they play in shaping and delivering our work, and need to be effectively managed. Here Hildegard Dumper draws on her professional experience to share her tips on how to achieve a successful working relationship with public contributors.…

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Eight ways to use QI for patient-focused care

Anna Burhouse, Director of Quality, West of England AHSN

Our Director of Quality Anna Burhouse shares eight simple techniques for how to improve patient focused care in any organisation… I have been working with the University of Bath to design a free Future Learn course on Quality Improvement (QI) for healthcare professionals.  It has now run twice and goes live for a third time in…

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Things come together – a blog about my mum

Deborah Evans, Managing Director, West of England AHSN

Our Managing Director, Deborah Evans shares a candid insight into the final moments with her mother… I’ve always been struck by the title of Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. My mum died recently and in her case it was much more like Things Come Together.  Mum lived in a brilliant Brunel Care home called Saffron…

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The industrial strategy, right on man!

Lars Sundstrom, Director of Enterprise, West of England AHSN

The government’s green paper on Building our Industrial Strategy was published in January. Our enterprise director, Lars Sundstrom says it’s about time… Last month the government published its long awaited industrial strategy. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a darn,” I hear you say. Well, you should. When I read it, I thought to myself, “Finally. They’ve actually…

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We can and we should adopt NEWS

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

Steven West, Chair of the West of England AHSN and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, explores how we can come together to create solutions that are sustainable, affordable and acceptable to all NHS stakeholders? Our NHS and social care system are one of the country’s greatest assets. They are a fantastic gift that we…

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