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Hants and IOW Long Term Plan events:
Southampton, 14 Oct
Portsmouth, 16 Oct
Isle of Wight, 17 Oct
VTE (venous thromboembolism) Masterclass (Bath), 30 Oct 
New! Funding Masterclass for Healthcare SMEs, 7 Nov 
Email for info: Epidemiology for Clinicians, 8-10 Jan 2020 
Save the date: Wessex Public Health Conf 2020, 25 March 2020

Maternal & Neonatal Learning System:
27 November, 10 March 2020

From the blog:
Martin Withers discusses 'Droplet' and working with us
Nutrition Wheel launches

We have worked with the Patients' Association and Bournemouth University to develop the Nutrition Wheel. The wheel is an interactive version of the Patients' Association Nutrition Checklist and has been designed to be a conversation starter.

The Nutrition Wheel was launched by the Malnutrition Task Force on the 23 September. If you wish to order any Nutrition Wheels, please contact the Malnutrition Task Force (details on their website).

Please note: the Nutrition Wheel itself is made from durable coated card, and as such, Nutrition Wheels can be used many times. The Nutrition Wheel is a tool to be kept by the volunteer or care worker. It is not a patient resource, and as such is not appropriate to give out to patients or clients.

Find out much more on our website, and watch the video below:
Expressions of Interest: we're looking for a Primary Care Network 

Our Primary Care Innovations programme is looking for a Primary Care Network to take part in a trial and evaluation of a digital innovation to assist practices in ensuring they are compliant with CQC standards.

The innovation – QuiqCare - provides a real-time view across multiple locations, which helps to monitor and address compliance. The system can help produce action plans, which can help with continuous improvement. For example, a group of GP practices can monitor which surgeries are complaint with CQC requirements, and which need to undertake actions. For more about the product, visit their website.

For more information, please email the programme lead, Matt Williams.  
These are unprecedented times for grant funding opportunities. Up to £4.7bn is available via funding competitions. We've helped companies win major funding opportunities. Kevin Brooks, from our funding support service, will be running a grant writing masterclass on Thursday, 7 Nov. Book your spot here.
New video: ESCAPE-pain

ESCAPE-pain is a group rehabilitation programme for patients with chronic joint pain resulting from knee and / or hip osteoarthritis. It is one of the seven priorities to be adopted and spread across the AHSN Network during 2018-2020. 

Watch our new video, and see how the programme is improving the lives of those who take part.
Find out more about how health services are being transformed

A major part of improving how NHS services work for patients now, and in the future, includes sharing and using data better, and improving how the local NHS uses digital technology.

This includes sharing patients’ records between doctors and other care providers, installing WiFi at GP surgeries and NHS buildings, and helping local NHS IT systems ‘talk’ to one another better.

The AHSN supports the digital transformation work, which is being led by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP. To find out more, including helpful videos, click here.
The AHSN Network is streamlining access to support for innovators by launching a new digital gateway, making it easier for businesses to find the AHSN support they need.

We offer a coordinated approach to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations that improve our economy and patients’ lives.

The new Innovation Exchange digital gateway is specifically tailored for innovators, providing insights from NHS teams on the big challenges they face, case studies sharing innovator success stories, funding opportunities and links to other useful organisations in the health innovation sector. 

You can also find all of the AHSN Network's key people in the new directory, making it easy to get in touch fast with the right teams to support you. 

Browse the Innovation Exchange at:
We are delighted to announce that the National Polypharmacy Prescribing Comparators have been shortlisted for a Patient Safety Award at this year’s HSJ Awards, recognising the outstanding contribution to healthcare.

The judging panel, made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, shortlisted Wessex AHSN despite the tough competition from hundreds of excellent applicants. We were selected based on our 'ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that their project has had on patient and staff experiences' within the health and social care sector.

The AHSN is leading the way in using existing national prescribing data to tackle problematic polypharmacy. Read the full story here.
New introductory genomics videos
The Genomics Education Programme has released three new introductory-level films covering different aspects of genomics including: why we want to know about genomes; how whole genome sequencing is being applied in key areas of healthcare; and who makes up the genomics team that works to find genetic diagnoses for patients. You can view these and many other educational films in the video library on their new website.
NHSE&I are providing a comprehensive programme offer, the SDM Accelerator programme, to support NHS organisations to embed Shared Decision Making into one or more clinical pathways.

This programme has been developed to align to the expansion of Universal Personalised Care, as set out in the Long Term Plan. Its overarching objective is to build capacity of NHS organisations to embed SDM through completing the SDM Self-Assessment checklist and then develop a robust plan for improvement. The programme will help to ensure you can take necessary steps to embed and implement shared decision making across your service in order that people are supported to: 
understand the care, treatment and support options available and the risks, benefits and consequences of those options, and make a decision about a preferred course of action, based on evidence-based, good quality information and their personal preferences.

The programme will be led and facilitated by the national SDM team and will support individuals and organisations wishing to implement SDM at scale to a high standard. It starts in September 2019 and comprises of 2 full days plus 3 webinars (2 x 90 mins, 1 x 60 mins). All organisations attending these days are strongly encouraged to ensure attendance from a team of people from across the organisation including a clinical lead, a patient leader, a project/programme/QI manager and an executive sponsor, all of who will play a role in embedding SDM into the chosen clinical pathway. Please note than having only 1-2 of these individuals at the events may impact on the effective implementation of the programme in your organisation.
The first face-to-face days are being held at different venues in various parts of the country - dates and registration links given below:
·        South East SDM Accelerator Programme – Day 1 – 22 Oct
South West SDM Accelerator Programme – Day 1 – 14 Nov
Please click on the link for location details. Venue details will be updated nearer the time. The timing for the day will be 9.30am – 4.00pm. Dates for the second programme day will be communicated shortly.
Webinar dates and times
QI Essentials (part 1) – 7 Nov, 10.30am – 12.00pm
QI Essentials (part 2) – 21 Nov, 11.00am – 12.00pm
SDM Measurement – 3 Dec, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Please click on the links to add to your calendar and the joining instructions will be included in the invite.
In addition to the Accelerator Programme above, NHSE&I also have SDM mentors available to support sites with implementing SDM.  More detailed information about the SDM Accelerator Programme and the Mentoring offer are attached. If you would like details of mentor support available in your areas, please contact the SDM National team directly via the email below.
If you have any queries about any of the above, please direct them to in the first instance.
Engage with Wessex and the AHSNs

The 15 Academic Health Science Networks in England are committed to working together to support promising innovation into the NHS. As part of the Network’s efforts to collaborate further, we’re working to make access to us and our colleagues in other AHSNs easier. 

For us to understand as much as possible about you, your innovation and what support you need, please register your product with us. To do this; complete this form and send it to The form, and more information, is also available on this page.

Keep a copy of this form as you can use it if you decide to continue your work with our colleagues in other areas. (If you have worked with another AHSN before, please send that form to us.)

If you have any questions about the form, don’t hesitate to give us a call on (023) 8202 0840.


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