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New Director of Programmes announced

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Pete Carpenter as our new Director of Programmes. This is a new position being established within Health Innovation West of England (formerly the West of England AHSN), as the organisation receives confirmation of a new five-year licence from NHS England to 2028. Pete will lead an integrated…

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New evaluation shows innovative patch technology can speed up clinical diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias

We have worked with North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) to assess the benefits for patients and staff of a cardiac monitoring solution that is seen as a technological advancement from traditional electrocardiogram (ECG) Holter monitoring systems. Our evaluation of NBT’s implementation of iRhythm’s Zio device shows it has successfully improved system efficiencies by increasing the…

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Improving maternity care – lessons from scaling up the PReCePT programme

Enhanced quality improvement (QI) programmes may be necessary to support the adoption of best practice in maternity units with less developed integrated working practices, a new paper published in the Journal Implementation Science suggests. The research builds on ARC West’s evaluation of the AHSN Network’s national PReCePT programme, led by the West of England AHSN,…

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SHarED programme to support ‘high impact users’ of emergency departments shortlisted for national patient safety award

We are a finalist in the 2023 HSJ Patient Safety Awards for our work with local hospital trusts to improve outcomes for ‘high impact users’ of emergency departments (ED). Shortlisted in the ‘Urgent and Emergency Care Safety Initiative of the Year’ category, the SHarED (Supporting High impact users in Emergency Departments) programme was based on…

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UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the West of England AHSN awarded knighthood

Professor Steven West, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Chair of the West of England AHSN, has been awarded a knighthood in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2023. Professor Sir Steven West is one of the longest serving UK Vice-Chancellors and is currently President of Universities UK. He has…

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NHS and Government back AHSNs to continue to lead innovation under new name

The West of England AHSN warmly welcomes the Government and NHS England’s announcement confirming their intention to relicense England’s 15 academic health science networks (AHSNs) under the revised badge of health innovation networks, reflecting our key role in supporting the development and spread of innovation across health services. Following the Life Sciences Council meeting on…

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