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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


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…  

May 31, 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


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


LUNCH & LEARN recording – Improving outcomes in patients with heart failure across Tees Valley – a quality improvement project

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 9 May 2024 saw Professor Ahmet Fuat (GPSI Cardiology, Darlington) deliver a presentation on ‘Improving outcomes in patients with Heart Failure across Tees Valley – a quality improvement project’. 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 summarised the evidence base for early diagnosis and optimal management of heart failure. Professor Fuat …

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May 10, 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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April 17, 2024


Breaking ground in workplace menopause support

The North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board has re-launched its Menopause Clinic at the The James Cook University Hospital (Middlesbrough), taking strides in addressing the critical need for menopause support in the workplace. The clinic, building on the success of its pilot run last year, aims to provide vital assistance to female staff navigating the challenges of menopause. The pilot clinic, held from February to June 2023, received high praise from the 33 women who attended, prompting the Trust to expand its offerings. The upcoming clinic, running from January to June 2024, will serve as a ‘proof of concept’ model, with two dedicated nurses enhancing their clinic skills …

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March 16, 2024


LUNCH & LEARN Recording – Social prescribing for young people in Hartlepool

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 8 February 2024 saw Julian Penton (Hartlepower Community Trust VCS Development Team), Sarah McClusky (Hartlepool Borough Council Youth Service) and colleague Amelia deliver a presentation on ‘Social prescribing for young people in Hartlepool’. 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. The session described Hartlepool’s young people’s social prescribing model, and explored the questions …

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February 18, 2024


LUNCH & LEARN Recording – Understanding Lucy: Our journey with Positive Behavioural Support

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 23 January 2024 saw Debbie Austin (Strategic Learning Disability Workforce Development Manager – Family Carers / Learning Disability Network) deliver a presentation on ‘Understanding Lucy: Our journey with Positive Behavioural Support’. 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 this session, Debbie talked about her lived experience supporting her daughter, who has a …

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January 29, 2024


Safe, effective, and responsive – the digital project improving care in North Tyneside nursing and residential homes

An innovative digital monitoring system, the Whzan Blue Box, has been helping to support the health of residents in North Tyneside care homes by spotting deterioration early.  The system, which has been supplied at no cost to older people care homes, is ensuring that residents receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This pioneering equipment works by gathering and collating physiological data (such as blood pressure, level of consciousness, and temperature), before generating a National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) – a universal measure understood by care home staff, GPs, ambulance and hospital workers. The NEWS2 score generated then helps to inform clinical decision making, alerting …

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January 13, 2024


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