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Wessex Centre for Implementation Science

A Springtime View of Wessex CIS...

Published: 26 April 2017
Yellow tulips outside Building 67
Building 67, Highfield Campus

It's been five months since moving from central London to the South Coast, shifting from national work at the Department of Health/National Institute for Health Research to regional priorities for Wessex at WAHSN.  

 Geographically, my perspective has switched from the busy capital to the glorious South West Coast and New Forest; quite a change and one that has been greatly appreciated by Misha, my dog! Professionally, the shift from national to regional priorities has proved to be another sizeable change in perspective, and it has been interesting to see the effects of central policy making on NHS services and understand how wide the gaps are between patient, professional, and political expectations. It is clear there are challenges ahead, but it's our job at Wessex CIS to explore ways to bridge those gaps and help improve the health service for everyone. 

Of course, where there are challenges, there will also be opportunities to make positive change; and we're uniquely placed with strong connections in academia, health services and industry to bring together the right people to make this happen. Over the past five months, the CIS team has doubled in size and is now involved in half a dozen separate projects, with more to come over the summer! I look forward to bringing you more news from the team in the coming months. 


David Kryl



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