Innovation Exchange

New 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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New 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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New 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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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 4th October 2016)

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