Blog

New Dr Andrea Brown – Why Did I Join Q?

20th June 2017

Written by Andrea Brown

Throughout my career, from scientific and clinical research through to business intelligence and information management, a common theme in my work has always been the use of data and information and how this translates into knowledge for improvement. I applied to join Q to enable me to share my existing knowledge, skills and experience with […]

Read more

New Dr Gillian Janes – Why Did I Join Q?

20th June 2017

Written by Dr Gillian Janes

Having been involved in improving healthcare quality throughout my nursing career as a clinician, service manager and academic, applying to join the Q Founding Cohort was an obvious choice for me. Developed from the 5000 Safety Fellows idea, Q offered the opportunity to: help design and be part of a connected community of people with […]

Read more

A (great) week in Cumbria

16th March 2017

Written by Seamus O'Neill

I haven’t done a blog in a while but we had such a good few days in Cumbria last week that I thought I needed to share some of the highlights with you. We supported two major events; Suicide Prevention: New Frontiers event in partnership with the Cumbria Partnership NHS FT and the second LOC in the […]

Read more

Atrial Fibrillation management and treatment – what can you do?

5th March 2017

Written by Kate Mackay

Two half-day sessions looking at atrial fibrillation (AF) were held in Newcastle United Football Club’s St James’ Park and, to keep the scores even, Middlesbrough Football Club’s Riverside Stadium. The two sessions mirrored each other giving delegates the option of staying north of the river Tyne or travelling south of The Tees. Immediately after lunch […]

Read more

Introducing Susy Cook

15th December 2016

Written by Susy Cook

Hello, Susy Cook here, it is so great to have joined the AHSN as Senior Programme Manager for Quality Improvement. Firstly, I thought I would share a little bit about myself with you. In my career to date, my roles have incorporated learning in a number of different areas. Starting out as a Biochemist and pursuing […]

Read more

North East Frailty Summit – Facilitating Interaction Across Health and Social Care, Academia and Industry

13th December 2016

Written by Seamus O'Neill

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Frailty Summit held on the 5th December at the Hilton Hotel, Newcastle Gateshead which was a great way to complete our events calendar for the year. This was our first major joint event with Newcastle Gateshead CCG and what a fab organisation to work with. No surprise to us […]

Read more

North East Frailty Summit – Making Care Even Better

9th December 2016

Written by Dan Cowie

We know that older people living with frailty can have the most complex of needs that can be hugely challenging to address. The North East Frailty Summit has been a great day  – it was an absolute pleasure to be around people who are so knowledgeable and passionate about improving care for older people, and […]

Read more

AHSN Stakeholder Survey 2016: publication of findings

20th November 2016

Written by Seamus O'Neill

Colleagues, It is my great pleasure to introduce the results of the NHS England commissioned stakeholder survey for 2016. This is the second year that NHS England have commissioned YouGov to gauge the opinions of partners of the 15 AHSNs. Over two hundred of you took the time to give us feedback. That’s more than three […]

Read more

Evaluation is key to accelerated adoption of new diagnostics….

10th June 2016

Written by Ray Waters

It is probably fair to say that since its genesis in September 2013, there are a still a fair number of people who do not know much about the NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative (DEC) Newcastle and what it does. So I was delighted to be invited by the AHSN to promote ourselves in one of […]

Read more

AHSN NENC – Adding value across a fragmented system

31st May 2016

Written by Seamus O'Neill

The post-Lansley NHS is a fragmented environment. Without the Strategic Health Authorities there is a lack of connectivity within regions. It can be difficult to address shared issues in an efficient way or tackle problems that require cooperation or consensus. The AHSN remains the only forum in the region constituted to bring together all the […]

Read more