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New elective surgery hub will treat an extra 6,000 patients a year Blog by Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (WUTH)

1 February 2023

We were delighted to open the new Cheshire and Merseyside Surgical Centre as a major step forward in addressing the backlog of surgery caused by the pandemic.


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Technology can improve care, but can be a barrier Blog by Laura Boland

9 January 2023

The Innovation Agency supports the development of many transformational and innovative solutions, often with the potential to address challenges faced by our local mental health system.


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Supporting adoption of the pre-term birth optimisation bundle Blog by Amanda Andrews

4 January 2023

When I joined the maternity and neonatal safety improvement programme (MatNeoSIP) eighteen months ago, I was excited to be part of a collaborative programme that would support improvements across the North West Coast.


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Implementing the new PEWS in the North West Coast Blog by Verity Mather, PEWS Project Manager

15 November 2022

When I began this project to help implement the new Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) I had concerns that few would have the capacity to engage. How wrong I was. Within weeks all the teams really welcomed the idea of getting on board. 


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Unwritten blanket rules on inpatient mental health wards Blog by Heather Morrison, Mental Health Project Manager

3 November 2022

One theme that keeps coming up is that of unwritten blanket rules. Those rules that have seemingly been around forever and nobody knows why they started but everyone adheres to them because they’re so embedded.


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Developing coaching skills is worthwhile for everyone Blog by Gemma Barnacle, Business Development Manager

23 September 2022

Coaching is about providing space and time for someone to realise their own thoughts, insights and ideas, with the wholehearted belief that they have all the resources and means to solve the problem themselves.


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Where are you from? Blog by Anika Neill

13 July 2022

Where are you from? This is a question that resonates with me and there is no straightforward answer. It’s a question I’ve heard throughout most of my life and which I am unsure how to answer even now as an adult.


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Polypharmacy: Getting the balance right Blog by Gill Harvey

21 June 2022

I’m a project manager in the Innovation Agency Patient Safety and Care Improvement Team, working specifically on medicines safety and optimisation programmes, and I’d like to let you know about a national improvement programme that will make a real difference to patients. 


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The power of the patient’s voice Blog by Debbie Parkinson

15 March 2022

Recently I took on the role of chairing the national AHSN Network forum of PPI Leads so I’ve been finding out more about how we make a difference through our work to amplify the public voice, from different parts of the country.


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Designing the future of leadership for the Cheshire and Merseyside ICS Blog by Jen Kohan

10 March 2022

Users of health and care services may assume that system-wide collaboration already exists – that local authority, social and domiciliary care providers, primary care networks, NHS organisations and trusts, and other critical stakeholder collaboratives are connected and communicating regularly – but this is not consistently true.


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