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Women’s health innovation conference

Work to progress the women’s health implementation plan is underway as we seek to achieve better, fairer health for women and girls in our region. As we build this movement of change, the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board will be hosting its second Women’s Health Innovation Conference on Thursday 11 July, 8:45am – 4:30pm, at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. At the conference, updates will be given on priority areas and some of the innovations in women’s health in our region that are already underway will be showcased. National and regional speakers are lined up to support and further inspire the fantastic work being done too, as well …

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June 10, 2024


Shuri Network Digital Fellowships

The award-winning Shuri Network and NHS England have again collaborated to support women from ethnic minority backgrounds to succeed and thrive in digital health and improve health and care. Applications for the fourth cohort of the Shuri Network Digital Fellowship are now open, and we would encourage women colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds to join the network. This year the fellowship is open to all NHS professional groups including Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), midwives, paramedics, digital, data and informatics staff, nurses and doctors. For the first time, there are also places for social care professionals. The transformational programme is part-time, it will run from September 2024 to May 2025 and …

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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


Lunch & Learns galore!

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, 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. Over the past few weeks, we’ve held a number of interesting and insightful Lunch & Learn sessions on topics including equality diversity and inclusion, improving outcomes for patients with heart failure, raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and creative health. Please take a look at the recordings of these sessions using the …

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May 20, 2024


My home, my care, my way – Housing health conference

Good and better housing is crucial for the mental and physical health of our communities – this was the focus of an event held earlier this month which brought together colleagues from across the region. The event was part of the North East and North Cumbria housing, health and care programme, which has been established to build on the collaborative work already underway across our region to tackle and mobilise on this important issue. Our programme is the region’s sector led improvement initiative focused on delivering better, more integrated housing, care, and support so that people can be healthy, live well, and stay independent in their own home. The programme …

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May 19, 2024


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