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The Wessex HIEC Partnership launches an online resource for sharing evidence-based practice and innovations in healthcare

Published: 6 September 2012

The Wessex HIEC Partnership has today launched Wessex Innovation Resources (WIRES) enabling healthcare professionals and other users across the region access to its health related innovations, video content and other resources.

The aim of the website is to promote and share new ideas and developments in health and health improvement for the Wessex area. 

Hosted by Health Sciences at the University of Southampton, the HIEC Partnership collaborates with healthcare professionals, academics, clinicians and managers across health and care organisations to accelerate the adoption of good ideas and improvements surrounding evidence-based practice.

The Wessex HIEC also aims to identify efficiency savings in public health and healthcare services, such as reducing hospital admissions for asthma patients through the spread of good practice in improving inhaler use.  

Wessex Innovation Resources (WIRES) is the latest development which brings together a collection of knowledge resources including key findings from the HIEC Partnership's project innovations, case studies, video offering insight from healthcare professionals and patients, and document downloads providing more detailed information and analysis. 

Programme Director, Chris Hawker comments: "We're very excited to be bringing together all of the HIEC Partnership experience and providing a specialist health resource for our community.  This will also be a key foundation for future developments in innovation and improvement in healthcare for our region." 

Over the coming months, the HIEC will be adding to its resources with products such as educational toolkits and apps, updates about its activities and events across its social media channels.  

Along with its partners, the Wessex HIEC will continue to promote knowledge transfer and the sharing of good practice for local developments across health and care organisations. 

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Notes for editors

The Wessex HIEC Partnership

The Wessex HIEC Partnership, funded by the Department of Health, is committed to promoting innovation in health services.  The partners across Wessex health and care organisation include NHS Trusts; the South of England Central Strategic Health Authority; local authorities; higher education institutions and voluntary and commercial sector organisations. 

The Wessex Health and Innovation Cluster (HIEC) programme is hosted by the University of Southampton on behalf of the Wessex HIEC Partnership.

The University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship across a wide range of subjects in engineering, science, social sciences, health and humanities.   

With over 23,000 students, around 5000 staff, and an annual turnover well in excess of £435 million, the University of Southampton is acknowledged as one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine. We combine academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning. 

The University is also home to a number of world-leading research centres including the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Web Science Trust and Doctoral training Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and is a partner of the National Oceanography Centre at the Southampton waterfront campus.

For further information contact: 

Becky Attwood, Media Relations, University of Southampton, Tel: 023 8059 5457, email:

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