The AHSN Network has designated a number of innovations as national priorities where there is evidence of proven impact and need. Together, the AHSN Network is working to spread these innovations for the benefits of patients and staff working in the health and care system. Wessex AHSN is undertaking this role in Hampshire, Dorset, South Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. These innovations have origins as regional projects led by individual AHSNs.
⦁ Serenity Integrated Mentoring
Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM) is an innovative mental health workforce model that brings together the police and community mental health services in order to better support people with complex mental health needs.
Our Mental Health programme is running this programme – for more information about the SIM project, click here.
⦁ York Faecal Calprotectin Pathway
An innovative and sensitive pathway based around a Faecal Calprotectin diagnostic test to help GPs make the difficult distinction between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Using guidelines from a pilot programme in York Teaching Hospital, we are working to implement the pathway in the Wessex region.
For more information about benefits of the wider Faecal Calprotectin pathway, click here.
Enabling Self-management and Coping of Arthritic Pain through Exercise, or ESCAPE-pain, is a six-week programme delivered to groups of ten people, aged 45 years or older, with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis.
The programme helps people understand their problem, advises them what (not) to do and teaches simple exercises that can alleviate pain; allowing them to do more, change the course of the condition and improve their lives. Behavioural change techniques – including goal-setting, action/coping planning, monitoring – are incorporated to encourage participants to maintain a healthy body weight and exercise regularly.
Our Healthy Ageing programme is running this programme – for more information about the ESCAPE-pain project, click here.