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Getting creative for better health and wellbeing

Last month (20 – 26 May) included Creativity and Wellbeing Week – a celebration of the impact that creativity has in helping people to live healthier, happier lives. We learned about the power of Creative Health at one of our regular LUNCH & LEARN sessions. Michael Cunliffe, creative health strategic manager for the Northumberland County Council and North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board, gave us an insight into the impact and potential of Creative Health, as well as the opportunity to experience it ourselves in a short draw-along exercise. Please be sure to take a look at the recording, if you haven’t done so already. Michael shared with us …

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By Amy Aitken
June 24, 2024

The role of the SRO – access free e-learning

The Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) plays a pivotal role in ensuring the successful delivery of a programme or project, with ultimate accountability for meeting objectives, achieving projected outcomes, and realising the intended benefits. In order to support SROs, the Healthcare Project+ Change Association (HPCA) has pulled together a range of useful online learning and resources, with the aim of ensuring successful and sustainable transformational change. The online learning and resources include: SRO responsibilities – cultivate your proficiency as a dependable SRO; Free elearning – access the SRO online learning module on elearning for healthcare and deliver successful change; SRO competencies – core and sub competencies of an SRO; Art of …

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By Amy Aitken
June 28, 2024

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 as they 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 …

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By Amy Aitken
June 28, 2024

Celebrating unsung heroes: World Carers Week

This month, from 10th to 16th June, we celebrated World Carers Week – an annual campaign which raises awareness of carers, highlights the challenges unpaid carers face, and recognises the invaluable contribution they make to families, communities, and our health and care services. This year’s theme was ‘putting carers on the map’, and was an opportunity to help people who do not think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers, and provides a space for access to much-needed support. You can watch a video from David Purdue (chief nurse, AHP and people officer for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board), who started the week …

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By Amy Aitken
June 28, 2024

Looking for research evidence that’s easy to understand?

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East & North Cumbria Evidence Hub is where you can explore short and easy-to-read summaries of health and care research that has been funded or supported by the ARC North East and North Cumbria. Each summary includes recommendations and/or next steps, which it is hoped that practitioners and policy makers will find useful. Visit the Evidence Hub to explore the latest research…  

By Amy Aitken
June 28, 2024

Staff wellbeing hub update

The staff wellbeing hub that was set up during the response to Covid-19 which provides wellbeing support to health and care workers in the North East and North Cumbria is set to continue. The hub is an easily accessible, free, and confidential service that provides support to those working in primary and secondary healthcare, social care, and the voluntary and community sector. It complements existing staff support services available across health and care, and staff are encouraged to also explore the range of psychological and occupational health services available within their own organisations. You can find out more about the hub on the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care …

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By Amy Aitken
April 22, 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

Free training from the Personalised Care Institute – Supporting people with frailty

Frailty, which describes how our bodies become vulnerable as they gradually lose their in-built reserves, is increasingly common, affecting more than one in 10 people over the age of 65, and over half the population over 85. Frailty leaves people vulnerable to sudden changes in health, at higher risk of adverse outcomes such as falls or disability and less able to recover from accidents. To support people with frailty to maintain their health and independence, new NHS guidance for integrated care boards recommends the use of proactive and personalised care approaches like continuity of care, shared decision making, personalised care support plans, and named co-ordinators who can provide a clear …

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By Amy Aitken
April 5, 2024

Building a theory of change for the North East and North Cumbria learning and improvement community

North East and North Cumbria is one of 42 integrated care systems (ICSs) in England, set up in 2022 to bring together partners from across a geographical area to improve health outcomes, reduce health inequalities and prevent ill-health. Inspired by Cincinnati Childrens, North East and North Cumbria ICS adopted an ambition to be the ‘best at getting better’ by continuously improving the way people in our system are supported for better health and health and care. At the heart of this approach is ‘Boost’, our learning and improvement community that brings people from across the system to inquire, learn, share and take action for improvement together. Currently, there are nearly …

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By Amy Aitken
March 26, 2024

Primary Care Cardiovascular Society

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
March 1, 2024

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