New name for BSW Partner focused on health innovation

BSW ICB Partner organisation West of England Academic Health Science Network has changed its name to Health Innovation West of England to better reflect its role as the innovation arm of the NHS.

The organisation, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, works locally and nationally to support the development and spread of innovation in health and care, from new technologies to ways of working and service improvements.

The organisation also recently won a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Award for its work on developing a programme to support patients who attend hospital emergency departments (ED) five or more times a year.

In England, patients who attend EDs five or more times a year represent 2% of attendees but account for 11% of attendances. These patients are known as high-impact users.

The project, developed at hospitals in Bristol and now adopted at the RUH and GWH in BSW, supports ED teams to introduce personalised care plans for high-impact users to help reduce admissions.

You can find out more about the work of Health Innovation West of England in our recent Triangle profile here or by visiting their website at

You can also read about other work to help high impact users underway across BSW here