SW AHSN Holds First Hackathon in Somerset, to Tackle Issues Surrounding the Musculoskeletal Referral Pathway

On 21 September, 40 health and care stakeholders were brought together in Bridgwater by the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to work on improving the Musculoskeletal (MSK) referral pathway.

The Innovation Unit facilitated the day, which saw stakeholders from across the MSK pathway worked through a series of patient-centred stories to ensure they are referred to the most suitable clinician and management plan as early as possible.

Joey McHugh of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: The SW AHSN hackathons are a great forum for people working on difficult healthcare challenges in the region to come together to work on solving a particular challenge. I personally felt enthused after attending the MSK hackathon on Wednesday. The SW AHSN team were fantastic and it was encouraging to see so many people working well together in such a productive manner. Long may it continue.’

The solutions that came out of the hackathon will be developed through project-based partnerships between the SW AHSN, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and organisations from other sectors.

Over the next year, the SW AHSN will be running more NHS hackathons to identify potential solutions to some of the ‘big ticket’ issues affecting the South West health and care system

For more information on the MSK hackathon or future SW AHSN hackathons contact: info@swahsn.com

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