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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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By Amy Aitken
April 19, 2024

New Social Care Research Fellowships now open for application

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC) invites applications for a number of new social care focused fellowships. The posts are funded by the National Institute for Health and Social Care Research (NIHR) through the ARC NENC as part of an investment in social care, and are subject to final confirmation of funding from NIHR. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals who would like to develop research in the topic area of social care, and is open to practitioners or researchers with an interest in social care. The posts will focus on the following cross-cutting areas: Accelerating progress in digital social care Improved transitions …

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By Amy Aitken
March 1, 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

Integrated Care Communities in North Cumbria – August 2023 Update

Background North Cumbria Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) are where ‘health and social care professionals, GPs, Public Health, the voluntary and third sector along with the community, work as one team to improve the overall health and wellbeing of their community’. The initial focus of ICCs since their inception in May 2016 was around management of patient flow – admission avoidance, urgent response and discharge planning. In 2022 a review took place to understand the successes of ICCs, as well as to explore the challenges ICCs face, post-Covid, in the face of increased demand and service user expectations. The System Executive (now replaced by the North Cumbria Integrated Care Partnership) recommitted …

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By Amy Aitken
October 3, 2023

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