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LUNCH & LEARN recording – First Contact Physiotherapy in Primary Care: Rollout, sustenance, and the future…

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this LUNCH & LEARN session on 28 June 2024 saw Joe Waugh (Clinical Lead First Contact Physiotherapist, Well Up North Primary Care Network, North Northumberland) deliver a presentation on ‘First Contact Physiotherapy in Primary Care: Rollout, sustenance, and the future considering the ARMA report’. 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 as they give a short talk sharing information about their work, as well as their experience of improvement. This session outlined the rollout, continuation, …

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By Amy Aitken
June 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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By Amy Aitken
May 29, 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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By Amy Aitken
May 24, 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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By Amy Aitken
May 15, 2024

Join the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society for free access to education and training

The Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) supports, educates, and mentors primary care healthcare practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills. PCCS’s central objective is to provide relevant, high quality, up-to-date educational opportunities around cardiovascular disease for a primary care audience. With over 4,400 members, the PCCS aims to provide activities which benefit the community of healthcare practitioners who deliver care to people with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease. If you’d like further access to a comprehensive range of education and training within the cardiovascular disease arena, the Society would like to invite you to join as a member. As a member you will also receive free access to the …

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By Amy Aitken
April 19, 2024

Join us for an opportunity to learn about the Nuka system of care

Next month we are hosting a rare opportunity to hear from two leaders from the Southcentral Foundation of Alaska regarding their transformational journey and the creation of the system of care, called ‘Nuka’ which is a powerful role model for integrated health systems globally. It offers a system of expanded and integrated primary and community services, with fully integrated mental health and social care services, supported by hospital services. People work in effective multidisciplinary teams that offer coordinated, whole-person care. The Nuka system has been the subject of multiple reports by the Kings Fund as it is one of the few systems globally that can show outstanding, sustained results through …

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By Amy Aitken
March 26, 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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By Amy Aitken
January 24, 2024

“Illuminating and inspiring” – The palliative care learning event reconnecting, rebuilding and respecting across North Cumbria

Around 150 health and care professionals came together on 15 November with the aim of developing palliative and end of life care across North Cumbria. Supported by Dr Kathryn Mannix, the event at the Greenhill Hotel (Wigton) looked at the ingredients which support a ‘good death’. Those who attended spent time considering the gaps, and how we could better work together to make improvements for patients. Dr Mannix, author of ‘With The End in Mind’ and ‘Listen’, described the event as “illuminating and inspiring” and spoke positively about the great energy in the room. The ‘Collaborative palliative care learning event – Reconnecting, Rebuilding and Respecting across North Cumbria’ was developed …

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By Amy Aitken
May 29, 2024

New paper: Exploring the implementation of the nursing associate role in general practice

Dr Annie Topping, Director of Nursing, North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board, has published a paper on ‘Exploring the implementation of the nursing associate role in general practice’ in Primary Health Care. The work aims to understand why, how and to what extent the nursing associate role has been implemented in general practice, and what the barriers and enablers have been. Key implications for practice include: skill-mix changes in general practice need to be underpinned by robust workforce planning; peer support is needed to facilitate the integration of newly registered nursing associates in general practices; integrated care boards, primary care networks and general practices need to work together …

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By Amy Aitken
December 15, 2023

New website launched for Primary Care Services in North Cumbria

A collaborative project in North Cumbria recently launched a new website to help support recruitment and increase the visibility of primary care services. ‘Primary Care Services North Cumbria’ is a collaboration of NHS Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and partner organisations working together to build resilience and improve patient outcomes. It is supported by the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) at Place, with the collaboration growing from long established working relationships between NHS general practices in North Cumbria. The website – www.primarycarenorthcumbria.co.uk – acts as a ‘front door’ to services (which along with GP surgeries now also includes pharmacy, dentistry and ophthalmology). The site also brings together …

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By Amy Aitken
November 10, 2023

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