Innovation Exchange

Respiratory Patient-Carer Representation Networking Day

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and the British Lung Foundation (BLF) are working together to connect people in the region who have experience of living with a lung condition and who wish to be involved in developing health services. Case Study-Patient Carer Network

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A Qualitative Audit of Spirometry Standards in General Practice

The Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) was requested to conduct a qualitative audit of spirometry standards in one Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) where there is no current access to quality assured spirometry and very few primary care based, appropriately qualified practitioners. A Qualitative Audit of Spirometry Services In […]

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Improving self-management support and planning in COPD in the North East of England

Overview summary A research project, funded by Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was developed to address the challenge of unnecessary hospital admissions due to COPD exacerbations by exploring the concept of self-management support and planning between healthcare practitioners (HCPs) and people living with COPD (‘patients’).  The key project objective was to promote and embed […]

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Newcastle Project Phase 2: A Report on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and its management in Newcastle Gateshead CCG

Introduction Following the initial COPD project (Phase 1: An investigation into COPD and its management in 16 GP practices in Newcastle Primary Care Co-operative), Newcastle Gateshead CCG requested that investigative and supportive activity around COPD should continue, and this activity should be widened to incorporate all GP surgeries in Newcastle upon Tyne. The overall objectives […]

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An investigation into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and its management in 16 GP practices in Newcastle Primary Care Co-operative (NPCC)

Newcastle Project Phase 1: An investigation into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and its management in 16 GP practices in Newcastle Primary Care Co-operative (NPCC). Introduction In April 2014, 16 GP practices in the Newcastle Primary Care Cooperative (NPCC) embarked upon a 12 month project to audit the care given to their Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary […]

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Smoke Free Northumbria

Understand how Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust plan to make all sites Smoke Free by March 2018 which will provide considerable benefits for all service users. Smoke Free Northumbria

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Stop (smoking) before the Op!

In addition to the general health risks associated with smoking, smokers are also more likely to suffer surgery related complications. The Royal College of Anaesthetists advises smokers should quit for several weeks before their surgery in order to reduce the risk of complication. The Northumbria Healthcare Trust (NHCFT) implemented a scheme to promote smoking cessation prior […]

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British Lung Foundation

The AHSN NENC worked together with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) to support and engage the respiratory community in the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) with benefits reported for patients,  healthcare professionals and the NHS. Collaborative working with the British Lung Foundation  

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD patients

Patients who complete a Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) programme demonstrate clear improvement in their exercise capacity as well as their health and well-being.  In collaboration with the BLF and BOC, the AHSN NENC has created a selection of videos and resources. Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD patients Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patient Stories

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Shared Medical Appointments

A shared medical appointment (SMA) model for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was developed to promote and embed self-management support and planning between healthcare practitioners (HCPs) and COPD patients.  The Case Study below details the methodology used and highlights initial results. Shared Medical Appointments

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COPD Specialist Nurse Support in Primary Care

“The support provided by the AHSN throughout the duration of the project was extremely valuable and the team were available throughout to answer any queries which arose throughout the project. Without the AHSN funding DDES CCG would not have been able to provide the level of dedicated support to primary care colleagues”.  Dr Dilys Waller, […]

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myCOPD Integrated Online System

NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow: Simon Bourne Overview Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that is characterised by airflow obstruction or limitation (NHS England, 2012). COPD is the second most common cause of hospital admissions in the country, costing the NHS over £800m in direct healthcare costs. Studies show that up to 90% of […]

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Non Injectable Arterial Connector (NIC)

NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow: Maryanne Mariyaselvam Overview The Non Injectable Arterial Connector (NIC) has been designed to be used on the sampling luer port and the transducer luer port of the arterial transducer set, to prevent inappropriate injection of fluids or drugs intended for administration into a vein. An arterial line is a thin catheter inserted […]

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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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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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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. There is evidence that this product is safer than letting women tear spontaneously in first normal births5 The angle of the cut is […]

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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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