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LUNCH & LEARN recording – First Contact Practitioner Opioid Awareness Video Tool

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 3 June 2024 saw Victoria Strassheim (Programme Lead, Health Innovation North East North Cumbria) deliver a presentation on ‘First Contact Practitioner Opioid Awareness Video Tool’. Our Lunch & Learns are short, informal events that take place at lunchtime – while you take a break and eat, you can listen to our invited speaker give a short talk sharing information about their work, as well as their experience of improvement. In 2022, Health Innovation North East North Cumbria (HI NENC) undertook an evaluation of first contact practitioners in the region to …

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June 4, 2024


Looking for research evidence that’s easy to understand?

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East & North Cumbria Evidence Hub is where you can explore short and easy-to-read summaries of health and care research that has been funded or supported by the ARC North East and North Cumbria. Each summary includes recommendations and/or next steps, which it is hoped that practitioners and policy makers will find useful. Visit the Evidence Hub to explore the latest research…  

May 31, 2024


Pilot project to reduce medication waste during hospital stays proves successful

It’s common for patients to have excess medication during their hospital stay, but Gateshead Health Foundation Trust has been working on a solution to minimise this waste. Gateshead Health’s pilot project, which has been ongoing for the past few months, is a collaborative effort between Gateshead Health Foundation Trust and patients. It aims to reduce the amount of wasted medication by empowering patients to bring their medicines with them when admitted to the hospital and by letting us know what repeat medications they have at home before discharge. Read the full article on the Gateshead Health Foundation Trust’s website…  


North Cumbria School of Generalism 2024

Applications are now open for the fourth cohort of the North Cumbria School of Generalism, delivered by North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT (NCIC). The School of Generalism is hosted by NCIC on behalf of NHS England North East, and aims to provide all NHS staff with common concepts and languages to help improve patient care.   The Trust will again be delivering an innovative program giving the opportunity for 24 multi-professional, multi-disciplinary, clinical and administrative/management staff to learn alongside each other. They will gain a common language and shared skills to enable them to better understand, navigate and deliver the increasingly complex services required to provide life-time health care …

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May 29, 2024


North East health campaign takes home gold at prestigious national awards

Collaboration that ‘flipped’ the way people think about, talk about and treat chronic pain in the Tees Valley won Most Impactful Partnership in Preventative Healthcare category. A unique partnership of North East organisations raising awareness of chronic pain and supporting those affected in the Tees Valley, has been named a gold winner in the highly-acclaimed Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) annual Partnership Awards. Thought to affect around 43% of people regionally, chronic pain is more prevalent in the North East than any other part of England and opioid prescription rates in the area are 300% higher than in London. A first-of-its-kind public and private sector collaboration was forged to tackle the …

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May 28, 2024


Great North Pharmacy Research Collaborative Conference 2024

The theme for this year’s conference is: Spotlight on Women’s Health: rewriting the narrative. Friday 12 July 2024, Hilton Hotel Newcastle Gateshead (NE8 2AR), 8:30am – 5:00pm The event will showcase Foundation Pharmacist projects and work undertaken by pharmacy professionals from hospital, community and primary care, as well as examples of research undertaken at local academic institutions. Crucially, this event will be an opportunity to meet peers and leaders from across the profession, to share, learn, support and be supported. The 2024 conference will be chaired by: Julia Blagburn, Consultant Pharmacist for Integration, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Anne Black, Regional QA Specialist Pharmacist – NENC, Pharmacy …

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Evaluating our learning and improvement community – we need your help!

Have you attended a Boost event, course, or network over the last few months? Perhaps you have accessed some of our information and resources? If so, we would love to hear from you… As part of the ongoing evaluation of our learning and improvement community, we will be holding some focus groups within the next few weeks. We’re keen to hear about your experience of Boost, and how your engagement in our offer – and any subsequent learning – has impacted on the work that you do. The focus groups will be held on: Wednesday 12th June, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Online: Microsoft Teams; Thursday 20th June, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Online: …

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May 24, 2024


Changing culture, hearts, and minds – access to Oliver’s Training is available now

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is named after Oliver McGowan, whose tragic, avoidable death shone a light on the need for health and social care staff to have better training. In July 2022, the Health and Care Act set out a new requirement that CQC registered health and social care providers must ensure their staff receive learning disability and autism training appropriate to their role. Oliver’s Training is the government’s preferred and recommended programme. Those working in the North East and North Cumbria can now access Tier 1 of this training, which consists of an elearning course, in addition to a 1-hour interactive online session …

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May 23, 2024


Supporting independent living

A great tool has been developed to support organisations to improve the way technology is used in housing and care to enable people to live more independently. It has been developed by the TAPPI (Technology for our Ageing Population) programme which is funded by Dunhill Medical Trust and supported by a partnership of Housing LIN, TSA, Co-Production Works and Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research. The toolkit provides a framework of six principles that can not only support the approach to embedding technology-enabled care, but also help in the shaping of future services. It follows a six-month inquiry which heard from more than 30 experts and people with lived …

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May 22, 2024


Health literacy training sessions

Health literacy is about people being able to understand health information. It’s about us making it easier for them to do this. It’s talking to patients using everyday words. It’s writing to them in a way that’s clear. This helps our patients make informed choices about their health. The average reading age of adults in the UK is 9-11 years old. Half of adults find it hard to understand health information. So they struggle to use it to help their health and wellbeing. This creates health inequalities. The regional health literacy team are offering some new training sessions that will help you to understand health literacy and how to use …

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May 21, 2024


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