The AHSN Network has supported many innovators to help advance our health and care system. Find out more about successful innovations supported by the NHS.
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Smart with your heart
Smart with your Heart aims to reduce readmissions in heart failure pathways by using digital technology. The aim was to reduce the 'revolving readmission door' for heart failure patients, by working in partnership with secondary and primary care settings and 3 digital providers.
PAD and PAWS: Peripheral Arterial Disease and Prevention, Assessment, Wound management, Self-care
This service improvement programme aims to enable primary care staff to improve lower limb vascular assessments in patients with leg ulcers to allow appropriate treatment to start earlier.
An aid to help medical staff to be able to read small print whilst wearing PPE, without the need for their usual reading glasses.
Developed by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and launched in 2013, ChatHealth is a safe, secure and confidential messaging service that puts service users directly in touch with healthcare professionals. ChatHealth is now being used by over 70 healthcare teams in NHS organisations nationwide.
Safe Nasendoscopy Assisted Procedure (SNAP)
The SNAPe-i is easily fitted onto all conventional surgical masks, the patient then wears the mask and aligns the SNAPe-i with their nostril. This enables the surgeon to perform a nasendoscopy while minimising their risk of infections should the patient cough or splutter.
Maternity Movement Bracelet
The Maternity Movement Bracelet has been designed to help women monitor patterns in their baby’s movements during their pregnancy and to notice when those patterns change. This was important as changes in a baby’s movement patterns can highlight problems with a baby that may require medical intervention.
Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour (PReCePT)
The antenatal administration of magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) to mothers during preterm labour has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of cerebral palsy. Initially developed by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) in collaboration with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust the national PReCePT project sought to increase uptake to 85%.
Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD)
WMAHSN are supporting GPs and pharmacists within the Midlands region to move patients to Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). eRD offers a range of benefits such as reduced footfall to the GP practice and to the community pharmacy, supporting social distancing during COVID-19.
PINCER (pharmacist-led IT-based intervention to reduce clinically important medication errors)
PINCER is a proven pharmacist-led IT-based intervention to reduce clinically important medication errors in primary care. PINCER has been rolled out across the West Midlands region in 252 practices across the region. The was largest and quickest uptake of PINCER across the country and the project overachieved its 2 year target in 1 year.
ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.
WM Young Life
WM Young Life was an event for 12-15 year olds showcasing the use of technology for better health.