The SW AHSN is offering the following national programmes, created and proven in the AHSN Network, to the South West health and care system to improve care for patients.

 Atrial Fibrillation (AF) – Identifying and managing patients with atrial fibrillation to reduce the number of AF-related strokes.  For more information, please visit our AF page or contact suzy.taylor@swahsn.com

Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative (ELC) – A quality improvement approach within NHS trusts to improve the standard of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy surgery. For more information, please contact deborah.gidman@swahsn.com

PINCER (pharmacist-led information technology intervention for medication errors) – Software solutions to help GP practices highlight patients at risk of medicine prescribing errors. For more information, please contact jennifer.ellis@swahsn.com

PReCePT (preventing cerebral palsy in preterm labour) – Administering magnesium sulphate to mothers during preterm labour to reduce the risk of cerebral palsy in new-born babies. For more information, please contact deborah.gidman@swahsn.com

ESCAPE-pain – A 12-session exercise-based rehabilitation programme that improves patients’ ability to cope with chronic joint pain from osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip. For more information, please contact rupa.chilvers@swahsn.com

Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM) – Training in behaviour risk-management and basic clinical theory for police officers, to improve the treatment of people with high-intensity mental health needs and better support their families. For more information, please contact david.thompson@swahsn.com

Transfer of Care Around Medicines (TCAM) – The referral of patients to community pharmacies when they are discharged from hospital to proactively monitor their medication and reduce readmissions. For more information, please contact jennifer.ellis@swahsn.com

Polypharmacy – Supporting partners in the South West to increase the availability of medication reviews to check that people who are taking multiple medicines have the most appropriate prescription. For more information, please contact jennifer.ellis@swahsn.com

WireSafe – An innovation used during central venous catheter insertion procedures to prevent guidewires from being forgotten in patients, which may cause them harm. For more information, please contact deborah.gidman@swahsn.com

Faecal Calprotectin – A pathway to help GPs make the difficult distinction between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to reduce unnecessary secondary care referrals. For more information, please contact david.thompson@swahsn.com

i-THRIVE – A model of care which provides a person-centred approach to delivering mental health services for children, young people and their families to achieve better outcomes. For more information, please contact david.thompson@swahsn.com