Resources and materials from the AHSN NENC which are available for you to use.

The Improvement Toolkit is for staff who work in healthcare, leading teams/directorates/departments involved in culture and/or quality improvement work.  It is split into 2 main sections and is available to download for your use.


Publications are regularly produced on the contribution and economic value all 15 AHSNs have made to the UK economy:

The Innovators Sept 2019

Innovation exchanges: delivering economic growth Oct 2018 through The AHSN Network


This report demonstrates our achievements over the last five years and what we are looking forward to over the next five years in our 2018 AHSN NENC Impact Report


Find out about our work with the Pharmaceutical Industry in this short report Improving Health Outcomes and System Efficiency Through Collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Industry


The AHSN NENC in collaboration with the British Lung Foundation and Newcastle Healthy Lungs has created the video “Changing Lives – Breathing Better” to promote the value of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR).


This recently published paper by two of our colleagues focusses on exploring the implementation of an NHS England-funded pilot projected aimed at deploying clinical pharmacists in an integrated urgent care setting.


Incidence of gram-negative bloodstream infections (GNBSIs) and sepsis are rising in the UK. Healthcare-associated risk factors have been identified that increase the risk of infection and associated mortality. Current research is focused on identifying high-risk patients and improving the methods used for surveillance. Published Literature Review.


The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is a tool based on vital signs that aims to standardise detection of, and response to, clinical deterioration in adults. NEWS has been adopted in hospitals but not adapted for other settings. This study aimed to explore the feasibility of measuring the NEWS in care homes and describe the distribution of NEWS readings amongst care home residents. View the study.


Atrial Fibrillation (AF) represents the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia. A service evaluation was carried out at an anticoagulation clinic in Newcastle upon-Tyne to explore the efficacy of introducing self-testing of anticoagulation status for AF patients on warfarin. The analysis presented aims to assess the potential cost savings and clinical outcomes associated with introducing self-testing at a clinic in the Northeast of England, and to determine the cost-effectiveness of a redesigned treatment pathway including genetic testing and self-testing components. View the report: Optimising clinical effectiveness and quality along the atrial fibrillation anticoagulation pathway: an economic analysis


Stop falling before it starts: increasing access to multifactorial falls and fracture risk assessment and intervention for older people at risk of falls or early in their falls career via proactive case finding Poster – Abstract