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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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By Amy Aitken
May 29, 2024

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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By Amy Aitken
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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By Amy Aitken
May 29, 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

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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By Amy Aitken
May 24, 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

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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By Amy Aitken
May 29, 2024

New Health Foundation podcast series – Leading improvement in health and care

The Health Foundation have recently launched a new podcast series – Leading Improvement in Health and Care. Each month, these will explore the learning and experiences of people making change across systems. This podcast is part of Learning and Improving Across Systems, a partnership between the Health Foundation, NHS Confederation and the Q community. Penny Pereira (Managing Director of Q) will be co-hosting the series with Matthew Taylor, CEO of NHS Confederation. Each episode aims to spotlight where improvement is working well, as well as the challenges along the way. Joined by speakers from a variety of roles, the podcasts will explore the ways improvement can sustainably transform health and …

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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

LUNCH & LEARN recording – Developing the right approach to equity, diversity and inclusion

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 22 April 2024 saw Hamid Motraghi (Deputy Director of People & Culture, North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board) deliver a presentation on ‘Developing the right approach to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’. 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 raised awareness around equity, diversity, and inclusion, outlining the legal duties …

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By Amy Aitken
May 22, 2024

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