An end-of-year message from our Chief Executive, Natasha Swinscoe: 2020 – a year of learning from adversity
It’s with an enormous sense of gratitude and admiration that I look back on the work of the regional health and care system over the last year. As an AHSN, our local network was ideally placed to act quickly to provide support to the system where it was most needed, bringing people together with the right skills and experience to collectively shoulder many of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you for collaborating with us to rapidly introduce new ways of doing things in response to COVID. And thank you for your energy and commitment in helping us to continue other areas of work that could so easily have been ‘one thing too many’ during the pandemic. I hope you get some time over the coming weeks to pause and reflect on all that we’ve collectively accomplished.
I’ve always been proud of our system-wide, inclusive approach and never more so than when I reflect on what we’ve achieved together this year, and I very much look forward to continuing this work in 2021.
Transforming systems and services
We’re delighted to announce that three West of England programmes and people have been shortlisted for the prestigious HSJ national awards: PReCePT, ReSPECT and Anne Pullyblank for Clinical Leader of the Year.
As part of World Prematurity Day 2020, we celebrated the PReCePT programme by looking back at the incredible results achieved and thanking all the amazing people who made the programme such a success.
Local innovator selected for DigitalHealth.London’s accelerator
DigitalHealth.London recently announced the 20 small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) selected for their latest flagship Accelerator programme. Carey McLellan – a West of England AHSN innovator, is amongst those selected, with his digital self-management platform getUbetter.
New cohort of HIPsters graduate from first virtual Health Innovation Programme (HIP)
A new cohort of HIPsters has successfully graduated from the West of England AHSN’s Health Innovation Programme (HIP), following its first virtual course in partnership with SETSquared – the global no.1 university business incubator.
New Oximetry@home support resources
New resources on our website including an implementation support pack and webinar in which we share practical information and learning to support implementation.
NEWS2 good predictor in hospitalised COVID + patients
NEWS2 is a good predictor of short-term mortality in patients hospitalised with COVID-19. Find out more about use of NEWS2 and our pre-print research.
COVID-19 e-learning for care homes
Health Education England has added a new resource on infection prevention and control (IPC) in care homes to its COVID-19 e-learning programme.
West of England Academy
Join our Winter QI Series
We are hosting a series of five online workshops each Wednesday from 27 January on Quality Improvement (QI). Free to attend, and for any innovator or employee within healthcare, each one-hour session is standalone so you can choose individual workshops or sign-up for the series.
Updated innovation journey resources
Our Academy team have been busy updating our free innovation journey resources. Whether your healthcare idea, project or product is at stage one or seven of the innovation spiral – these practical guides and toolkits will help you continue your journey.
National AHSN Network news
AHSN Network has benefited more than 479,000 patients and generated £322.3 million inward investment
The report evidences how AHSNs are driving adoption and spread in healthcare innovation, transforming patient outcomes, saving the NHS money, generating economic growth and attracting millions of pounds of investment for the country’s economy.
AHSN Network instrumental in generating £500 million of investment
The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), along with its 14 Fellow AHSNs, have generated nearly £500m in inward investment for our nation in the last two years (2018 – 2020). The AHSNs also created or protected close to 2,000 jobs during this time.
Over 11,000 strokes prevented by national drive to detect and treat irregular heart rhythm
Recently released figures reveal that a national AHSN-led programme aiming to improve the detection and treatment of an irregular heart rhythm known as Atrial Fibrillation (AF) has helped to prevent 11,734 strokes and saved 2,933 lives.
National Emergency Laparotomy Audit published
The Sixth Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit highlights Gloucestershire Royal Hospital as one of the best performing trusts building on previous recognition of Southmead Hospital and Weston Hospital, both highlighted last year.
Information About Me: Helping staff with an older person’s hospital stay
Being admitted to hospital can be a difficult time for an older person, and for their relatives and carers. ARC West has launched a fantastic new initiative to help support easier transition from hospital for older people and the staff that care for them.
Robert Woolley is new chair of Bristol Health Partners AHSC
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Robert Woolley will be taking on the role of interim chair of Bristol Health Partners AHSC. Robert’s role as interim chair will begin in January 2021.
BSW STP receives Integrated Care System designation
The BSW Partnership has become an Integrated Care System (ICS), which means health and care providers in BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire will be working more closely for the benefit of local people.
Congratulations to James Scott on becoming a Honorary graduate at University of Bath
We're delighted for former Chief Exec of Royal United Hospitals Bath and our previous Vice Chair.
James dedicated the award to the whole hospital team and said: "Thanks to the dedicated committed and resilient team of people who work at RUH Bath as they deal with the consequences of the second wave of this pandemic."