Ellie Wetz

Associate Director
Health Innovation West of England

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Ellie has worked at Health Innovation West of England since early 2015, first as a Senior Improvement Lead/Project Manager, then Programme Manager and now Associate Director.

Ellie led the Safer Care Through Early Warning Scores patient safety workstream, which included managing the Emergency Department Collaborative, and supporting sepsis work in the region. After a pause during 2017-18 to have a baby, she launched the region’s Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) project, and between 2018-2020 managed the national roll-out of the PRevention of Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour (PReCePT) programme across all 15 health innovation networks.

She was the programme lead for Health Innovation West of England’s regional Medicines Safety Programme, Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme, as well as the PERIPrem Bundle across both the West of England and South West regions, and more recently supported the adoption and spread of PERIPrem Cymru across Wales. She also led the early-stage design of the national Polypharmacy programme.

Ellie was seconded from April 2022 – September 2023 to Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care Board (ICB) as the Integrated Care System Development Programme Manager. She has now returned to Health Innovation West of England as Associate Director with responsibility for leading the development of the Innovate Healthier Together programme for BNSSG, which aims to accelerate innovation into practice across the integrated care system.

“We get to work with incredible and inspiring clinicians who are passionate about improving outcomes for patients. These clinicians are our window to the front line of the NHS; they know the challenges of the systems, staff and patients they work with, but can also see the opportunities for improvement. The fact that we are able to work with these amazing people to support and drive forward projects that invite new ways of thinking and delivering services in the NHS is incredibly rewarding.”

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