Innovation Exchange

New Tookie Vest

The ‘Tookie Vest for Renal’ –  A North East and North Cumbria Innovation Pathway Partnership Case Study. Overview Summary In early 2016 MedConnecT North introduced Tookie to Dr Saeed Ahmed, Interventional Consultant Nephrologist at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust who was intrigued by Tookie as he himself was looking for the same outcomes but […]

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New Reach COPD

Reach COPD is a digital health solution which addresses two key NHS priorities: COPD and Mental Health.  The solution uses Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatment to address symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Reach COPD

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New Sleepstation: a digital diagnostic tool and treatment for insomnia disorder

Introduction Rubrum is a digital healthcare company, specialising in the delivery of evidence-based psychological therapies through a sophisticated, automated and scalable online product suite. The SME specialises in adapting well evidenced therapeutic interventions into digital therapies. With support from the AHSN, Rubrum has brought to market a highly effective digital therapy for sleep deprivation and […]

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Episcissors-60 Reduces the Risk of Injuries

NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow: Dharmesh Kapoor Overview Episcissors-60 are simple to use surgical scissors, which guide an accurate mediolateral episiotomy at 60 degrees, thereby removing human error in estimating episiotomy angles during childbirth. This product has proven clinical efficacy and is safer than letting women tear spontaneously in first normal births. The angle of the cut […]

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Young People in Research

Doing research with children can help us understand what children think about the issues that are affecting them. But any research with children must balance the aims of the research with the safety and wellbeing of the participants. By providing the right support and knowing when to take appropriate action, researchers can ensure that children feel respected and […]

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Public Involvement in Musculoskeletal Services (PIMS)

PIMS is a group of patients and carers that meet quarterly to discuss research and service improvement issues in the Musculoskeletal Department at the Freeman Hospital. The advantages of a group such as PIMS is that their long term involvement means that group members are familiar with other issues within the department and are therefore able to consider research […]

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A Healthy Volunteer

Irene Soulsby discovered taking part in research “quite by accident”. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, Irene agreed to donate tissue excised during surgery to research; this was the beginning of Irene’s ‘research career’! A Healthy Volunteer – Irene Soulsby

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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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NHS Mindfulness Garth Surgery

A new NHS Mindfulness and Wellbeing service for patients with recurrent depression and anxiety living in Redcar and Cleveland has been introduced. The service was developed by The Garth Surgery and the pilot service was funded from Mental Health Innovation Funding (South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group 2014/15). The service is aimed at patients who have […]

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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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UroLift® (Prostatic Urethral Lift) Shows Great Potential for Treatment of Enlarged Prostate

Overview UroLift® is an innovative, cost-effective, short and non-invasive treatment for the common condition of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), in which an enlarged prostate can affect men aged 50+ years. The treatment is completed in less than 30 minutes, can prevent lengthy and unnecessary stays in hospital, and can target the problem area for patients […]

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PneuX Prevention System for Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow: Peter Young Overview The PneuX System is designed to stop ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), which is the leading cause of hospital-acquired mortality in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The System is designed to prevent VAP by minimising the risk of pulmonary aspiration and micro‑aspiration during long‑term mechanical ventilation, which is expected to take more […]

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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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Versal Slide Sheet

The Moving and Handling Team at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) have developed a simplified and improved slide sheet for the movement and positioning of bed dependent patients in hospitals, care homes and in the community. Slide sheets allow patients to be slid up a surface or over on to their side, usually […]

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Pleural Manometry Device – Rocket Medical

The pleural manometry device has been designed as a simple but effective means of removing excess fluid from the chest whilst providing the attending clinician with key fluid pressure readings from within the patient’s pleural space. Rocket Medical is a family business based in the North East with a head office function in London. The […]

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