Innovation Exchange

Dementia Awareness Training for Care Home and Domiciliary Care Staff: Case Study

Health Education England – North East has provided Dementia Awareness training for staff working in care homes and social care staff working in the community, across the North-East region. The training aims to improve the care delivered by care staff to people with dementia, both in care homes and in the wider community. Training is […]

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Assuring Quality of Care in Nursing Homes – Hydration Monitoring Solution

Dehydration is associated with poor outcomes such as falls, constipation, urinary tract infections, increased hospitalisation and mortality. Dehydration in older people is one of the top 10 common reasons for hospital admission and has a significant financial impact on the healthcare system. Yet dehydration in older people can be easily prevented or treated with an […]

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Resource matching and e-referrals with Palliative Care and Care Homes across Cumbria

Transferring patients from one kind of care to another is a complicated process. Failures in coordination between care providers can seriously affect patient safety. ‘Strata’ is a software programme that allows care providers to see a full directory of services available in their region. Patients’ needs can then be matched to the most appropriate service […]

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Further Deployment of Deciding Right across the North East and Cumbria

Deciding Right is an initiative that aims to help people make healthcare decisions in advance. Individuals of all ages who do not have capacity, or may lose capacity in the future, are empowered to make the right decisions about what care they would like to receive in an emergency or at the end of their lives. Forward […]

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Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination System: EPaCCs

At present, there is no system in place to ensure that all health care providers can access ‘End of Life’ information. A patient may have informed their GP of their end of life care wishes, but many GP practices are only open for 30-35% of the week. It is vital that information about a person’s […]

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North East Dementia Innovation Hub: RCGP Dementia Roadmap and Sound Doctor Dementia Films

The number of people with dementia is predicted to double in the next 30 years. Early intervention and timely information and support can enable people with dementia to live independently for as long as possible. Newcastle University’s North East Dementia Innovation Hub supports and stimulates the delivery of world-class interventions and support for people with […]

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Improving Bone Health and Fracture Prevention “a population based approach across the North East and North Cumbria”

Approximately 65,000 hip fractures occur in the UK each year; with an annual cost of about £2 billion (this includes medical and social care). In 2012, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued guidelines on the assessment of risk of fragility fracture (NICE CG146) recommending “opportunistic case finding” and the Quality and […]

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MindMate – An app based platform empowering people with dementia

MindMate is an award-winning App that has been designed to provide an assistance platform for people with dementia, their carers and family members. The App has been designed and optimised specifically for older people and is being used by thousands of people worldwide. MindMate Case Study (uploaded revised version 22 January 2018)

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North East Pressure Ulcers Reduction Collaborative

Project Lead: Bob Brown

This programme bought together over 100 participants from 10 primary, community and hospital care from the NENC delivering training to over 100 participants to reduce the prevalence of pressure ulcers. This programme achieved a reduction of 36% pressure ulcers prevalence across the region. In collaboration with NHS England, the programme has now set up a […]

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A Multicentre Improvement Project to Standardise the Application of the RCP FallSafe Care Bundle

Programme Lead: Rachel Carter

This programme is a regional, multicentre improvement programme to standardise the application of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) FallSafe Care Bundle, to support the testing of falls prevention interventions commonly used within the acute trust setting. The Lead Trust is The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals who will work collaboratively with South Tees Hospitals and […]

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Serious Infection (Sepsis and Community Acquired Pneumonia)

The overall aim of this programme was to monitor the prevalence and implementation of recognised care bundles for sepsis and community acquired pneumonia. The goals of the programme were as follows: To identify the population of patients in each participating trust diagnosed with community acquired pneumonia and sepsis, using SUS data and ICD-10 matching. Establish […]

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Regional Mortality Review Project

As a result of our approach, we now have data in a unified database for three years relating to over 9500 in-patient deaths in four acute trusts in the North East of England. This equates to an average of 54% of all in-hospital deaths. The reviews were conducted at each trust and quantitative scoring determined […]

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Self-Management in COPD

COPD has been consistently identified as a cause of preventable admissions. This project will work on best practice for COPD through a focussed intervention to improve annual reviews, self-management plan uptake and screening for anxiety and depression. The primary innovation is a focussed intervention in COPD, established as best practice, in a short timescale that […]

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Device to Measure Lower Extremity Movement

Peacocks Medical Group has reaped the many benefits on offer through the The Innovation Pathway. The medical equipment and services supplier developed a device to measure lower extremity movement and position, to assist in rehabilitation and recovery after total hip or knee replacement surgery. Work to develop the device has been ongoing since 2015, with […]

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SEM Scanner

Bruin Biometrics develops innovative sensor-based diagnostic medical equipment which can have a positive impact on the quality of patient lives and healthcare professionals delivering medical care. The companies hand-held and easy to use SEM Scanner specifically helps healthcare professionals identify the early signs of pressure induced tissue damage. The AHSN NENC has been instrumental in […]

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Rapid Testing for Carbapenamase Producing Enterobacteriaceae

Multi-drug resistance bacteria are a global threat to public health and have been associated with high mortality rates among those patients receiving long term acute care. In order to improve public health and provide information for infection control and prevention, there is an urgent need for rapid diagnostic tests that allow stratification of those patients […]

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A New Diagnostic Test for Acute Exacerbation of COPD

MOLOGIC LTD, has developed a urine-based test system ‘HeadStart’ which enables chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients to monitor their disease status at home for early indications of exacerbation. It will test the levels of key biomarkers in the urine, interpret them and identify imminent acute exacerbation and cause in 10 minutes. New Diagnostic Test […]

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Clinical Performance Evaluation of a Rapid Near Patient Test for Influenza A and B

In an attempt to reduce time to diagnosis, Alere has developed the Alere™ i Influenza A & B; a rapid, molecular point of care test, which generates a diagnostic result in fifteen minutes or less. Rapid test results can lead to evidence-based and therefore more appropriate use of resources in terms of isolation and patient treatment. […]

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The Improved Flowmeter

The flow rate of medical gas administered to a patient in a hospital can be difficult for the clinician to measure. Quality Hospital Solutions Limited worked with City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust to develop a suite of improved flowmeters which allow the clinician to quickly and accurately monitor the flow rate. NHS Innovations North, […]

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Arterial Fixation Device

Current methods of managing arterial cannulae in Intensive Care Units have the potential to cause many serious complications such as haemorrhage, necrosis and infection. It has therefore been recognised that careful management of these devices is a crucial part of the care of critically ill patients. Indeed, arterial cannulae (AC) pose such high risks that […]

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