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Celebrating five years of Polypharmacy Action Learning Sets

GPs, pharmacists and geriatricians from across the country gathered at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in London on 23 November to celebrate five years since the launch of the Polypharmacy Action Learning Sets, an evidenced-based education approach to upskill primary care in addressing problematic or unnecessary polypharmacy in their patients. Speakers included Professor Tony Avery, NHS…

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Launch of the Innovate Healthier Together Programme

Health Innovation West of England is working in partnership with Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care Board (ICB) over the next 12 months to deliver an exciting new programme to accelerate the adoption and spread of innovation across, Healthier Together – the local Integrated Care System (ICS). This programme will look at…

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Our name has changed to Health Innovation West of England

The Government and NHS England have relicensed England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) from 1 October 2023. To better reflect our role as the innovation arm of the NHS, our name has changed to Health Innovation West of England on this date. Celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, the AHSNs have worked locally and…

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New resources launched to support patients preparing for a Structured Medication Review

A range of new evidence-based resources has been developed as part of the AHSN Network’s national Polypharmacy programme, which is led by Health Innovation West of England. These have been designed to support and help prepare people who have been invited for a Structured Medication Review with their GP, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. The…

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Work to support ‘high impact users’ of emergency departments wins national patient safety award

We are a winner in the 2023 HSJ Patient Safety Awards for our work with local hospital trusts to improve outcomes for ‘high impact users’ of emergency departments. The SHarED (Supporting High impact users in Emergency Departments) programme was named ‘Urgent and Emergency Care Safety Initiative of the Year’ at the awards ceremony on 18…

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Study shines light on successes of PReCePT programme

The success of PReCePT, a programme to increase the use of magnesium sulphate to prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies, has been highlighted in a new paper published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The paper shares the findings of the Health Foundation funded PReCePT study, part of the national PReCePT programme…

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