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Showing all projects in the category: Long Term Conditions.

Respiratory Patient-Carer Representation Networking Day

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and the British Lung Foundation (BLF) are working together to connect people in the region who have experience of living with a lung condition and who wish to be involved in developing health services. Case Study-Patient Carer Network

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A Qualitative Audit of Spirometry Standards in General Practice

The Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) was requested to conduct a qualitative audit of spirometry standards in one Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) where there is no current access to quality assured spirometry and very few primary care based, appropriately qualified practitioners. A Qualitative Audit of Spirometry Services In […]

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Improving self-management support and planning in COPD in the North East of England

Overview summary A research project, funded by Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was developed to address the challenge of unnecessary hospital admissions due to COPD exacerbations by exploring the concept of self-management support and planning between healthcare practitioners (HCPs) and people living with COPD (‘patients’).  The key project objective was to promote and embed […]

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Newcastle Project Phase 2: A Report on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and its management in Newcastle Gateshead CCG

Introduction Following the initial COPD project (Phase 1: An investigation into COPD and its management in 16 GP practices in Newcastle Primary Care Co-operative), Newcastle Gateshead CCG requested that investigative and supportive activity around COPD should continue, and this activity should be widened to incorporate all GP surgeries in Newcastle upon Tyne. The overall objectives […]

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An investigation into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and its management in 16 GP practices in Newcastle Primary Care Co-operative (NPCC)

Newcastle Project Phase 1: An investigation into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and its management in 16 GP practices in Newcastle Primary Care Co-operative (NPCC). Introduction In April 2014, 16 GP practices in the Newcastle Primary Care Cooperative (NPCC) embarked upon a 12 month project to audit the care given to their Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary […]

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Smoke Free Northumbria

Understand how Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust plan to make all sites Smoke Free by March 2018 which will provide considerable benefits for all service users. Smoke Free Northumbria

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Stop (smoking) before the Op!

In addition to the general health risks associated with smoking, smokers are also more likely to suffer surgery related complications. The Royal College of Anaesthetists advises smokers should quit for several weeks before their surgery in order to reduce the risk of complication. The Northumbria Healthcare Trust (NHCFT) implemented a scheme to promote smoking cessation prior […]

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British Lung Foundation

The AHSN NENC worked together with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) to support and engage the respiratory community in the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) with benefits reported for patients,  healthcare professionals and the NHS. Collaborative working with the British Lung Foundation  

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD patients

Patients who complete a Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) programme demonstrate clear improvement in their exercise capacity as well as their health and well-being.  In collaboration with the BLF and BOC, the AHSN NENC has created a selection of videos and resources. Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD patients Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patient Stories

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Shared Medical Appointments

A shared medical appointment (SMA) model for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was developed to promote and embed self-management support and planning between healthcare practitioners (HCPs) and COPD patients.  The Case Study below details the methodology used and highlights initial results. Shared Medical Appointments

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COPD Specialist Nurse Support in Primary Care

“The support provided by the AHSN throughout the duration of the project was extremely valuable and the team were available throughout to answer any queries which arose throughout the project. Without the AHSN funding DDES CCG would not have been able to provide the level of dedicated support to primary care colleagues”.  Dr Dilys Waller, […]

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Limbal Stem Cell Therapy

Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD) is a rare, long-term debilitating eye disease, caused by autoimmune disorders, infection, congenital defects, and trauma to the eye including thermal and chemical burns. People diagnosed with this condition suffer from sustained pain, irritation and blurred vision, which can lead to blindness. The disease is characterised by dysfunction or loss […]

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Collaboration to reduce smoking in targeted groups

Overview As part of the development of the Secondary Care Programme in Newcastle upon Tyne, the aim of the collaborative was to bring systems together (acute, primary and public health) to benefit targeted communities and groups in the city.  Working initially with peri-operative consultants the protocol went ‘live’ in May 2016 but has since been […]

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Innovative Ways to Support Smokers Requiring Nicotine Management in Mental Health Organisation

A partnership approach to supporting patients to stop smoking in a Mental Health setting Overview Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) provide mental health, learning disability and eating disorder services in County Durham, Darlington, Tees Valley, York and most of North Yorkshire. The Trust went smoke free in March 2016 and a […]

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Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Card Deck

Overview A card deck to support Atrial Fibrillation (AF) diagnosis and management in primary care has been created by the AHSN North East and North Cumbria.  Endorsed by the Atrial Fibrillation Association and the Stroke Association, as part of joint work with Northern England Clinical Networks, the cards act as a resource designed to help […]

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COPD Referrals from GP Practice to Community Pharmacy

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. In the UK, there are an estimated 1.2 million people diagnosed with COPD and up to a further 2 million who remain undiagnosed. In the North East and North Cumbria, the prevalence and healthcare costs of COPD are well above the National […]

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COPD Audit Case Study – Susan Devonport, Bishops Close Medical Practice

COPD is a complex condition, associated with multiple co-morbidities. Anxiety and depression are two of the most common comorbidities, yet often remain undetected and therefore untreated. Unmanaged symptoms undoubtedly increase morbidity, hasten physical disability and increase healthcare utilisation costs. Evidence suggests that screening tools are not routinely used by healthcare professionals and also indicates that […]

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COPD Audit Case Study – Lynne Beattie, Brunton Park Surgery, Newcastle upon Tyne

COPD is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is estimated that there are over one million people who have COPD in the UK, with another two million who remain, as yet undiagnosed. We must act now to improve patient care and empower our patients, enabling them to manage their conditions […]

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Foot Pulse checks in patients with diabetes identifies new AF cases in Durham and Darlington

Patients with diabetes undergo an annual review. This includes a foot check where pulses are assessed. Therefore any patient with an irregular pulse can be detected as part of the review process. Durham and Darlington Podiatry Services (covering North Durham CCG, Darlington CCG and Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield CCG areas) were interested to run […]

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Non- Invasive Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease – Manus Neurodynamica Ltd

Manus Neurodynamica Limited are developing an innovative product which offers a cost effective solution through the use of a wireless sensor pen to highlight patients who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease.  Manus already have the pen in existence; however, the focus of this project is on finalising the product design (which ultimately will enhance the diagnoses process), […]

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