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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

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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By Amy Aitken
May 28, 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

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

LUNCH & LEARN recording – Creative Health

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 24 May 2024 saw Michael Cunliffe (artist and Creative Health Strategic Manager, Northumberland County Council & North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board) deliver a presentation on ‘Creative Health’. 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. Increasing evidence is showing how the arts and creativity can improve people’s lives. In this session, …

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By Amy Aitken
May 24, 2024

LUNCH & LEARN recording – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Raising awareness

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 22 May 2024 saw Dr Helen Howlett (Senior Commissioner for Children, Young People and Maternity, North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board) deliver a presentation on ‘Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Raising awareness’. 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 gave an introduction to the associated harms of alcohol in pregnancy …

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By Amy Aitken
May 24, 2024

Workforce invited to upskill in preventing and managing alcohol related harm

A new online training platform has opened to all health and care staff who would like to learn more about alcohol abuse. The programme for alcohol studies offers a comprehensive range of self-led and live training opportunities covering: Alcohol awareness – what drives alcohol related harm? Identifying alcohol related harm – how can we talk to patients about it? Interventions to manage alcohol abuse – how can we support the patient journey to recovery? The programme includes modules that look at the wider picture, exploring the influence ‘big alcohol’ has on all our lives, and the relationship between alcohol and broader health inequalities. It also includes very practical guidance for …

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By Amy Aitken
April 23, 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

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