Innovation Exchange

Reducing Length of Stay by Supporting Smoking Cessation in Elective Surgery Patients

Project Lead: Russ Watkins and Bobby Good

Lead Organisation: Newcastle Primary Care Co-operative

While rates of smoking have continued to decline over the past decades, 20% of North East adults still smoke. This costs the North East over £110million a year with 460,000 GP appointments and 13,700 Hospital appointments per annum. Evidence shows that smokers are 4 times more likely to quit if they use local stop smoking […]

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Better COPD Care – A COPD Coordinator Role as a Catalyst for Multi-CCG Innovation, Dissemination Wealth Creation and Guideline compliant care

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of preventable hospital admissions across the North East and North Cumbria region and there are significant variations within the regions in access to best COPD care. This project will roll out interventions in Newcastle-Gateshead CCG alliance footprint that are recognised as cost effective in NICE 2010 […]

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Cumbria Rural Health Forum

The Cumbria Rural Health Forum brings together more than 30 health and social service organisations, technology companies and voluntary enterprises to address particular issues faced by rural communities in accessing healthcare. The project supports the development of a formal structure, supported by a web based project repository, dissemination site and project management resource through a […]

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Transforming Participation Forum

The Transforming Participation Partnership was established with aims to develop collaborative working between providers, commissioners, Healthwatch and other key partners across the system to work in a more joined-up way with patients and the public at a strategic level to transform participation in Cumbria and the North East. Partnership working and effective networking is supported […]

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Hip Fracture and Fragility Fracture Prevention Project

  The principle aim of this project is to improve the health outcomes for patients at risk of fragility fracture and promote improvements in bone health through targeted case finding, effective treatment and medication compliance. Through active case finding the project aims to both proactively manage high-risk patients for primary prevention of fragility fractures whilst […]

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Spreading the Use of High Dose Antibiotic Cement to Prevent Infection Following Surgery for Hip Fracture

Surgical site infection after hip fracture repair is a disabling and costly problem affecting about 4% of patients who undergo a hip hemiarthroplasty. Research shows that use of high dose antibiotic cement decreases infections after hip fracture surgery from 5% to 1.7% The project promoted the use of the high dose cement to clinicians and Trusts […]

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