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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 staff know what repeat medications they have at home before discharge. Read the full article on the Gateshead Health Foundation Trust’s website…  

By Amy Aitken
June 28, 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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By Amy Aitken
May 24, 2024

New workshop: Working with communities – Practical tools for getting started

We are delighted to announce a brand-new workshop in our ‘Working with communities’ for better health and care series – ‘Practical tools for getting started’. The working with communities programme has been up-and-running for almost a year, and we are thrilled to share that it has been well-received so far – 100% of those who have attended rated the sessions as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, and everyone would recommend the training to others. One delegate said: “I’m well aware of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) but find these sessions to be useful for learning about what’s happening elsewhere, and to remind me to rethink some of the work that I’m doing. …

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By Amy Aitken
April 22, 2024

The best at getting better – learning from ‘Nuka’

Earlier this month, we welcomed health and care colleagues from across the region to hear from two leaders from the Southcentral Foundation of Alaska. They spoke to us about their transformational journey and creation of the system of care, called ‘Nuka’, which is a powerful role model for integrated health systems globally. At the event, we heard from April Kyle, chief executive officer, and Doug Eby, medical director, who explained the approach taken to improve outcomes and reduce costs by working together with their communities over the last 20 years. Integrated working is at the heart of their approach, combined with a relentless focus on listening to their communities and …

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By Amy Aitken
April 19, 2024

How to lead when you’re not in charge: getting your voice heard in Integrated Care Systems

The People and Communities Network would like to invite you to this online workshop, designed for people and communities leads and heads of patient experience. The Network thought it would be especially helpful right now when people want to keep an ‘eye on the prize’ of doing something about health inequalities and wider determinants of health, but are working for Integrated Care Boards or providers, and other parts of public services within health and care systems, that are under huge and relentless financial and operational pressures. It’s easy for voices to go unheard amidst all the noise. The workshop will be taking place on 14 March, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Online …

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By Amy Aitken
February 23, 2024

LUNCH & LEARN Recording – Co-Production: What does it really mean?

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 22 November 2023 saw Karen Kirk (Boost Programme Manager, North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board) deliver a presentation on ‘Co-Production: What does it really mean?’. 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. This session helped to build confidence and capability around what co-production is and is not. We heard about the …

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By Amy Aitken
December 19, 2023

Spotlight on… NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria

As part of our work supporting you, over the coming months we are going to be highlighting the learning and development opportunities available via some of our fantastic partner organisations. This month we are spotlighting the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria – a partnership that brings together six regional universities, health and social care providers, local authorities, the voluntary sector, community groups, members of the public and others. The ARC’s vision is to achieve better, fairer health and care at all ages in all places, with their work organised around seven key research themes: inequalities and marginalised communities; prevention, early intervention and behaviour change; supporting …

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By Amy Aitken
November 22, 2023

Supporting you in the workplace

The health and care system in the North East and North Cumbria is dedicated to continuous learning and improvement as it strives to provide better health and wellbeing for all its citizens. In light of the significant challenges and increased pressures, we offer various opportunities and resources to support the workforce. This includes sessions on workplace wellbeing, resilience diagnostics, learning for improvement, and supportive conversations. Additionally, we offer coaching services, coaching skills training for line managers, and self-coaching workshops. We also offer a programme of training focusing on working with communities, which covers community engagement, asset mobilisation, and creating a community-focused organisational culture. The Staff Wellbeing Hub continues to provide …

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By Amy Aitken
November 1, 2023

Community Mental Health Conference 2023: Transforming lives through collaborative working in North Cumbria

More than 90 health and care colleagues, along with people with lived experience, came together this World Mental Health Day 2023 (10 October) at the People First Conference Centre in Carlisle. Health and care partners are now in the third and final year of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme. This programme has been working with system stakeholders to develop and deliver sustainable community based solutions, improving the care and treatment options offered to adults with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) in North Cumbria. The North Cumbria Community Mental Health Conference 2023 celebrated and shared the amazing work that has been undertaken in the region so far, and enabled the further …

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By Amy Aitken
May 29, 2024

LUNCH & LEARN Recording – The Together Strategy – Involving Service Users and Carers

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 28 September 2023 saw Joe Desborough (Patient and Carer Involvement Facilitator – Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust) deliver a presentation on the ‘The Together Strategy – Involving Service Users and Carers’. The session included a short presentation on the Trust’s ‘Together Strategy’, and the seven strategic ambitions followed to ensure Service Users and Carers are involved in the design and delivery of services. PRESENTATION – Lunch & Learn – The Together Strategy, Involving Service Users and Carers File size: 697.12 KB Created: 17-10-2023 Updated: 17-10-2023 Hits: 108 …

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By Amy Aitken
December 19, 2023

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