People at the heart of driving the innovation of health and care across the region with the support of the West of England AHSN gathered in Bristol yesterday for a special showcase event, along with guests from the Accelerated Access Collaborative, NHS England’s Innovation, Research and Life Sciences team and the government’s Office for Life Sciences.

The event featured examples of how the members of our network are working together with cross-sector partners to develop and spread proven innovation to tackle health inequalities and improve outcomes for all.

During the event we heard from clinicians, entrepreneurs, patients, community activists, researchers, local authority staff, teachers and students to celebrate achievements and share learning to date.

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The showcase event was attended by Matt Whitty, Chief Executive, Accelerated Access Collaborative and Director of Innovation, Research and Life Sciences, NHS England and NHS Improvement, who said: 

“Through research and innovation, we can improve patient outcomes and reduce health inequalities and so it is important to celebrate and spotlight their impact as we hope to do so today. Already over 1.4 million patients have benefited from our programmes.

“It’s been incredibly insightful to visit the West of England AHSN and to talk to so many people helping get some of the NHS’s most promising healthcare innovations to patients faster.

“I think the thing that excites me most is the clear link to reducing health inequalities. We’ve seen some fantastic innovations around mental health, particularly for younger people, and that really link into that Core20PLUS5 framework around maternity care in particular.

“We’ve seen PReCePT  which is a programme that the AHSNs and ourselves have been supporting for a number of years, which is reducing the risk of harm to premature babies. It’s fantastic to see that programme expand into 11 evidence-based healthcare interventions as part of the PERIPrem programme, making care safer, making patient experience better and is making patient outcomes better as well. ”

Watch Matt Whitty talk at our event in Bristol.

Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive of the West of England AHSN, said:

“Our AHSN has earned a reputation for an ambitious, joined-up vision for healthcare innovation and transformation and we’ve worked hard over the years to support the spread and adoption of innovation in a truly collaborative way to make sure the impact of our work has the broadest and most sustained benefit.

“After working virtually for the last couple of years, it was wonderful for so many of our partners to gather in person yesterday to showcase and celebrate what we have achieved together since 2013 and to share a preview of projects in the pipeline.”

Innovations and projects featured in the showcase included:

Posted on March 31, 2022

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