Reflections on 2019 at the SW AHSN

Reflections on 2019 at the SW AHSN

Posted on February 11

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It’s been a busy year for the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN)! Over the past 12 months we have brought curious and innovative minds together, nurtured extraordinary ideas, and shared strategies for change. 

We’ve spread a range of innovation that’s helped to brighten the futures of babies born prematurely, spot deteriorating patients, and detect a dangerous heart rhythm among our population.

We’ve transformed ideas into reality, including our immersive Spread Academy to train health and care leaders in unleashing change, and our new Institute for Social Prescribing, leading the way in a community approach to care. We’ve supported primary care teams across the South West with popular events, our evolving collaborative, and our new-look online community for sharing ideas, Models of Care. We’ve celebrated the success of the pioneering programme Transform Ageing and involved the voice of the public in health and care through our Quality Improvement Partner Panels (QuIPPs).

Close to home, we connected people at TEDxExeter 2019 and moved to a fantastic new award-winning office space in Exeter.

Our team has changed too; we redesigned the way the SW AHSN is structured, said farewell to chief executive Professor Jonathon Gray and deputy Louise Witts, and welcomed new deputy chief executive, Dan Lyus, and chief operating officer, Kate Lock. 

You can read more about this year’s achievements here.