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All senior leaders working in the health and care sector today are involved in large-scale system change of one kind or another, from service and pathway improvements to delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

Telephone clinics for kidney transplant patients are an effective alternative to face-to-face consultations, the Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team (CKD HIT) has found.

Hospital trusts across the country are being urged to use an initiative developed in Bristol to improve patient safety in emergency departments.

Developed in maternity units across the West of England, the ‘PReCePT’ project has been selected by the Health Foundation to be part of an ambitious £3.5 million improvement programme.

The government has announced a major initiative to drive the rapid uptake of health innovation. The AHSNs will co-ordinate the initiative so that innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments and medical technologies reach patients faster.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network initiative to support the adoption and spread of the emergency department safety checklist across all trusts in the West won the HSJ Patient Safety Award for ‘Best Patient Safety Initiative in A&E’.

2016-17 saw Bristol awarded £21 million for a new NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and the opening of the West of England NHS Genomic Medicine Centre. The UK’s largest trial looking at prostate cancer treatments published its first results.

A new Evaluation Online Network, open to anyone in the West of England and beyond, launched on 7 March. So far the network includes 64 staff working in a variety organisations and settings with an interest in evaluation.

A new patient safety film tells the story of Paul from North Somerset, who made a quick and full recovery from sepsis as a result of NEWS (the National Early Warning Score) being communicated at every handover of care.

The Bristol Health Partners walking game Partneropoly got another outing in January, when People in Health West of England (PHWE) borrowed it to play with public involvement leads and public contributors from their network.

Many entrepreneurs find the NHS business landscape difficult to navigate, so the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) has created a training programme specifically addressing the needs of healthcare innovators.

In this blog post, first published in the HSJ, Peter Brindle spells out three ingredients which can ensure that evidence – with all its money-saving potential – is incorporated into NHS practice.

The Q initiative provides opportunities for people working in health and care who have experience and are enthusiastic about improvement work to connect, network and collaborate, so that they can accelerate their improvement activities and maximise their...

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), with People in Health West of England, have developed an easy-to-use toolkit for health professionals on how to involve the public. It has been written with the busy, front line clinician in m...

Feedback is now emerging on our Sustainability and Transformation Plans and associated Local Digital Roadmap submissions, and we now need to galvanise our teams into further action to deliver the digital future.

This is an important opportunity for West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) members and partners in the region to feed back their views on the work and impact of the West of England AHSN.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) has been chosen as one of three AHSNs across the country to lead the next phase of the Health Foundation’s exciting Q initiative, which will create opportunities for greater collaborative working...

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is working in partnership with NHS England the AHSN Network to lead a new search for the world’s best health innovators to help improve patients’ lives. The NHS Innovation Accelerator 2016 launch...

2015-16 saw the opening of the Bristol Brain Centre, bringing Bristol’s considerable strengths in neurological disorders together under one roof, and a new personalised assisted living facility at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. A Genomic Medicine Cen...

People in Bristol living with long-term health conditions are invited to take part in an exciting healthcare innovation project to test and shape two potential new products. Both have been designed by entrepreneurs in Bristol.

Following his keynote address at the NHS Research and Development (R&D) Forum on 24 May, Peter Brindle believes our NHS should stand out as the most evidence informed healthcare system in the world, with NHS R&D at the heart of making this a reality.

To support commissioners, the West of England AHSN and Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative to have developed two online toolkits: Evidence Works – an evidence-informed commissioning toolkit; and Evaluation Works – a service evaluation toolkit...

CLAHRC West and the West of England AHSN have jointly developed a new two-hour workshop in collaboration with Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) called Getting Started with Service Evaluation.

The Bristol city region, including Bristol Health Partners and the West of England Academic Health Science Network, are highlighted in the University Alliance Building Healthy Cities report, exploring the role universities play in local health ecosystem.

Patients in the West of England will be among the first to benefit from a major new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care, NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens announced on Friday 22 January at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

More than 30 people with an interest in evaluation came together to develop a shared vision, strategy and action plan for evaluation in the West, at a workshop on 16 December.

Openprescribing.net, which has launched with financial and collaborative support from the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN), is the first website of its kind to enable health professionals, patients and the public to easily explore...

More than 400 people came together on 15 October to hear about collaboration to improve health and care in the West at the NIHR CLAHRC West, CRN: West of England and WEAHSN joint conference.

Applications are now open for the second West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) Healthcare Innovation Programme.

People in Health West of England have developed an infographic showing how they link with their partners and other local organisations.

Are you a healthcare innovator in the West of England? The West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) invites health innovators to their second Healthcare Innovation Programme scheduled to run in 2016.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) is launching a 'Diabetes: mHealth - self-management in a digital world' challenge on 23 June, open to SMEs and third sector organisations.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) has published its 2014-15 annual report, showcasing their projects over the last 12 months, to enable positive change in the way the West's services operate and care is provided.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network, in partnership with Designability, is looking for anyone in the West living with challenging health conditions, their carers, and health professionals, to share daily living experiences and ideas for n...

We have an innovative and possibly unique approach to patient and public involvement (PPI) in the West. People in Health West of England's Hildegard Dumper explains.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) have listed a variety of resources useful to Health Integration Teams (HITs) and other health innovators, details of which can be found on their website.

A group of scientists and academics from the University of Rochester in New York State visited Bristol on 17-19 November to find out more about the public health work going on in the city.

Four Academic Health Science Networks in the south of England have joined forces with the leading university business incubator, SETsquared, to set up a revolutionary new programme that could see more effective and better value healthcare technologies be...

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of the West of England (UWE) was awarded to Dr Deborah Evans on the 26 November, in recognition of her significant contribution in the field of health.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network is developing a new resource that will support healthcare professionals across the West to develop quality improvement (QI) skills and ensure that best-practice is implemented across the region; improvi...

Bristol Health Partners has joined with WEAHSN, CLAHRC West and the Clinical Research Network West of England to develop an integrated strategic approach to PPI across the region.

West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) hosted a special visit from Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s Medical Director on 21 February at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emerson’s Green.

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust's Research and Development team have launched the Memory Research Register (MRR). The register helps people with memory problems and their carers to take part in research.

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