The Bright Idea...

North Tees and Hartlepool Education Alliance

The majority of care home residents are living with complex co-morbidities and as these residents become older, their healthcare needs inevitably increase. There are an increasing number of hospital admissions from care homes for conditions such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia, respiratory infections, femur fractures, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure, which places additional pressure upon Secondary Care that could potentially be alleviated by earlier identification and intervention. Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group have implemented a collaborative combined education Programme involving four organisations, which empowers staff to make confident and informed decisions around the care of residents, resulting in a reduction of avoidable admissions into hospital, and enhancing the experience of the residents.

The Innovators...

Sarah Hodgson, Education Delivery Lead
Karen Hampshire, Clinical Education
Andy Cotton, Education Administration Support Officer
Lynn Morgan, Senior Clinical Matron
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Paula Swindale, Head of Commissioning & Strategy
Dr. Helen Murray, Clinical Lead
NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group 

Paul Whittingham, Commissioning Manager
Judith McGuinness, Senior Communication Officer
Gabby Caswell, Senior Commissioning Support Officer
North of England Commissioning Support

Catherine Buller, Debbie Clarkson, and Janine Ruston-Taylor, Falls Assessment Co-ordinators
Sue Reay, Transformation Team
Rob Papworth, Strategic Development Manager, Adult Services
Stockton on Tees Borough Council

Lindsey Thornhill, Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Arnold, Education Facilitator
Alice House Hospice

Emma Thompson, Service Manager
Matt Dawkin, Higher Assistant Psychologist
Laura Catermole and Neil Petty, Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Kellyann Facchini and Julia Taylor, Community Psychiatric Nurse
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Jeanette Willis, Head of Strategic Commissioning
Jill Harrison, Assistant Director, Adult Services
Jacqui Tucker, Commissioning & Contracts Manager
Hartlepool Borough Council

The Bright Idea...

Falls Prevention Training

Falls-related injuries can particularly affect the frail elderly, with 30% of people aged 65 and older, and 50% of people aged 80 and older, falling at least once a year. Falls have an extremely negative effect upon quality of life, causing distress, pain, loss of confidence, loss of independence, and even mortality. Moreover, falls are estimated to cost the NHS nationally more than £2.3 billion per year. The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust have delivered the Falls Initial Response Skills Training (FIRST) Programme to 414 staff from 115 care homes in the North East, with the aim of improving the experience of older people in care homes who have had a fall. The Programme was designed to improve skills and confidence in staff, and ensure that older people receive the best possible care.

The Innovators...

Elaine McDonald, Head of Workforce Development, Strategy & Transformation & OD Directorate
Alan Jobson, Training Development Officer
Paul Huddleston, Lead Trainer
John Mole, Key Account Manager
Anthony Brockbank, Commercial Trainer Officer
Malcolm Leech and Andrew Taylor, Commercial Training Officers
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The Bright Idea...

Evaluation of Training in Obstetric Emergencies – ‘SimMom®

Multidisciplinary teams in all obstetric units may have to deal with rare but potentially life-threatening emergencies, which may place the mother and the fetus at serious risk. These can include major bleeding, profound collapse, significantly high blood pressure, failed intubation during anaesthesia, and difficulties with the birth itself. The relative rarity of these events means that developing the appropriate skills to manage these emergencies can be difficult for both teams and individuals. City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust have developed, in conjunction with The University of Sunderland, an innovative, multi-disciplinary team training Programme focussing upon the management of acute obstetric emergencies, concentrating on developing skills relating to human factors as well as other non-technical skills.

The Innovators…

Representing the South of Tyne SimMom® Maternity
Training Collaborative:

Mr Kim Hinshaw, Consultant Obstetrician and Director of
Research and Innovation

Denise Mace, Senior Midwifery Lead (Multi-professional training)
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Alison Rutherford, Technical Support Team Manager (Healthcare)
Michael Collins, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Skills
University of Sunderland