Innovation Exchange

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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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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Rehabilitation of visual function after brain injury

Approximately 4,000 people in the UK each year are diagnosed with a visual field defect after brain injury, which has a negative impact on their ability to function and impairs quality of life. A computerised compensatory program known as Durham Reading and Exploration (DREX) training has been developed, the efficacy of which has been validated […]

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Evaluation of Health Call Undernutrition Service

Undernutrition affects an estimated three million individuals, 93% of whom live in the community (Russell 2009). If untreated it increases risk of illness, clinical complications and death (Brotherton 2010).  Undernutrition triples mortality in older people in hospital and after discharge (Stratton 2006), and impacts patient experience / outcomes whilst costing the UK economy over £13 […]

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Addressing skills training challenges in care homes across County Durham

Care home residents now experience more complex illnesses, with high levels of health and social need. Nurses and care staff working within care homes do not have regular access to NHS training opportunities, and can therefore lose practice and confidence in professional nursing skills. Consequently, some care home residents may have unmet health needs and […]

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End of Life Care Awareness Training for Care Home and Domiciliary Care Staff

Health Education England – North East has provided End of Life Care 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 at the end of life, both in care homes and in the […]

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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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