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Looking ahead to World Patient Safety Day 2022 focussed on medicines safety

Jan Scott, Patient Safety Programme Manager

Ahead of World Patient Safety Day 2022, Jan Scott, Patient Safety Programme Manager, discusses how the West of England AHSN Polypharmacy Community of Practice (CoP) is tackling the challenge to reduce severe avoidable medication related harm. The AHSN held its first CoP in August 2022 with the second scheduled for November. Polypharmacy simply means many…

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Celebrating one year of the Regional Perinatal Equity Network

Ann Remmers, Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Lead

In this blog our Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Lead, Ann Remmers, looks back on a successful year of the Regional Perinatal Equity Network (RPEN) and forward to the next meeting on 13 October 2022. The network provides an opportunity for those working within maternity and newborn services, related organisations and parents and parent partners to…

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Getting the balance right on polypharmacy

The AHSN Network recently launched the new national polypharmacy programme: getting the balance right. Here national Programme Manager, Amy Semple and Clinical Lead, Clare Howard discuss why we need to take action to address problematic polypharmacy and how the AHSN Network is supporting this important area of work. “As we live longer with more long-term…

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Shining a light on bladder and bowel health

Professor Nikki Cotterill, Centre for Health and Clinical Research, UWE Bristol; Bladder and Bowel CONfidence Health Integration Team Director, Bristol Health Partners.

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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Sharing impact stories

Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive, West of England AHSN

In her latest blog, Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive of the West of England AHSN celebrates the ever-growing community of innovators and improvers across the region who shape and drive our work and have shared their stories in our new online impact review for 2021-22. Providing a simple ‘elevator pitch’ for our AHSN isn’t easy. Whenever…

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The power of language

Katie Donovan Adekanmbi, Inclusion and Cohesion Specialist from BCohCo Ltd

In response to the growing commitment in the region to work together to address inequality and inequity within maternity and neonatal services the Regional Perinatal Equity Network was launched in July 2021 by the West of England and South West Academic Health Science Networks. In this blog, Katie Donovan Adekanmbi, Inclusion and Cohesion Specialist from…

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