Celebrating infection prevention innovators

20th October 2020


COVID-19 has drawn huge attention to the importance of infection prevention and control. This year, International Infection Prevention Week (#IIPW) celebrates the importance of infection prevention and the role we all play in protecting public health whilst giving thanks and…

Developing tech for good across the region

13th October 2020

AHSN NENC Innovation Manager, Charlotte Fox

An innovative collaborative project supported by the AHSN NENC which aims to identify high-risk children with asthma, has been shortlisted for the ‘Tech for Good’ Dynamo Award. The BeatAsthma+ pathway is clinically-led by Paediatric Respiratory Physicians from South Tyneside and…

Art of the Possible

22nd September 2020

Art of the Possible

In this blog, Commercial Director, Russ Watkins reflects on the last 20 months of being at the AHSN NENC, whether he has made a difference – and if so, how. One of the great things about being employed by an…

Rapid Insights: A reflection

12th August 2020

In the final instalment of our three-part Rapid Insights blog series, Professor Julia Newton, AHSN NENC Medical Director, and Russ Watkins, AHSN NENC Commercial Director, reflect on what they have learnt from the use of Rapid Insights, how it has…

BLOG 2: Rapid Insights – What is the difference, and how did we do it?

5th August 2020

This is the second instalment of our Rapid Insights series. Last week, AHSN NENC Commercial Director Russ Watkins introduced the process and explored why, in the current climate, a faster method of evaluation is required. If you missed Russ’ blog,…

BLOG 1: What is Rapid Insights, and why do we need it?

29th July 2020

Russ Watkins

Welcome to our new blog series. Over the next three blogs, Commercial Director Russ Watkins, and Medical Director Professor Julia Newton explore Rapid Insights – a term coined by the AHSN Network that offers a new way to approach evaluation….

All the Rs (the return of jargon)

14th July 2020 - By Russ Watkins

Russ Watkins

As the NHS starts to recover (my first R) I do fear the jargon we use won’t relate to the workforce and we somehow lose all of that momentum.

What happens if I am left in the lobby?

30th June 2020 - By Russ Watkins

Russ Watkins

So here we are, starting week 15 of working from home (WFH?) and wondering what have I learnt, what had I wished I had done differently and what allows me to tick the days off. Firstly, forgive me; I am…

Innovating during trying times

20th April 2020

Mark Taylor, Innovation Manager

Following the announcement that the 2020 Bright Ideas in Health Awards will not take place, our Innovation Manager, Mark Taylor, has explained how the AHSN NENC innovation team is still very much open for business, and ready and willing to support innovators in the development of their ideas. Sadly, I am writing this…

AHSN-funded PgC students on their patient safety journey so far…

23rd March 2020 - By Sarah Lane

As part of the AHSN NENC’s work to increase the quality improvement capacity and capability within the region to commission and deliver safer care for our population, the AHSN NENC has funded course fees for a cohort of students to…

UTC Healthcare Challenge

27th February 2020 - By Private: Jordan Hewitt

We kicked off 2020 by working with the staff and students at UTC (@NEF_UTC). As part of the curriculum, students at the college work on industry challenges, set by genuine businesses, to help them to develop and demonstrate work place skills. This is the second year…

Lead You, From the Beginning

28th January 2020 - By Michelle Waugh

I arrived on the 7th January at the North East Leadership Academy venue for the training course ‘Putting an Antidote to Toxic Leadership’. Excited to learn new skills and develop confidence to challenge negative behaviour, there was also trepidation as…

Failure to address anti-microbial resistance (AMR) could result in an estimated 10 million deaths each year globally by 2050

16th January 2020 - By Private: Jordan Hewitt

Failure to address anti-microbial resistance (AMR) could result in an estimated 10 million deaths each year globally by 2050.

Why I love working at the AHSN NENC

10th December 2019 - By Professor Julia Newton

I joined the AHSN NENC as its Medical Director 2 years ago just as we were beginning a new license and a new way of delivering national health programmes directed by the central team.  Every so often I like to…

AHSN Symposium

23rd October 2019 - By Private: Jordan Hewitt

On Wednesday 17th October, the AHSN NENC landed at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby club for the second annual Symposium, and what a day it was!