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  • Bringing Occupational Therapy to Ghana

    Issue In Ghana, like many African countries, there is little or no home support for patients who have had a stroke or similar debilitating illness. For many patients, this resulted in much longer stays in hospital...

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    Global healthcare rankings

    Independent evaluation of the UK health care system performance ranking Commonwealth Fund Health Evaluation – 2017 Following the end of World War II, the UK established the National Health Service (NHS) as the first universal healthcare...

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    Hip fracture quality improvement case study

    Issue Hip fractures are one of the most common and serious injuries in older people and can be fatal. 177 hospitals admitted 65,958 people with a fractured hip the UK during 2015. Overall one year mortality...

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    Improving health outcomes in Tanzania

    Issue Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world and outside of the main urban hubs, medical facilities can often be rudimentary and sparse.   People often delay seeking medical treatment, leading to significant volumes...

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    Integrated breast cancer care

    Issue More than 40,000 breast cancers are diagnosed each year in the UK and breast cancer causes around 13,000 deaths per annum in the UK. Screening may reduce the chance of dying from breast cancer. It...

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    Integrated cancer care

    Issue Over 2000 people living in Northumberland are diagnosed with and treated for cancer each year, and more than 13,000 people are living with cancer. Whilst the number of people diagnosed with cancer each year in...

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    Integrated care for improved outcomes

    Issue Northumberland is a large and geographically diverse county.  Its population is equally diverse, with significant socio-economic and health disparities.  Health and social care across the county was often disjointed, resulting in: Ageing population with increasing...

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    Integrated care training in China

    Issue Hunan Province is the seventh most populous province in China. The estimated population represents nearly 5% of China’s total population. Like the whole of China, Hunan’s population is ageing. It is estimated that by 2050...

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    Integrated dementia care

    Issue Dementia is the leading cause of death in the UK, and 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 in the UK are living with some form of dementia.  With life expectancy rising, the...

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    Integrated diabetic care

    Issue Diabetes is a growing global epidemic.  The impact on cost to health and social care has increased substantially as the numbers of patients’ diabetes grow. Solution Northumbria has developed an integrated diabetes prevention and support...

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    Integrated elderly care

    Issue Spread across the largest geographical area in the UK, Northumberland’s elderly population is higher than the UK average.  8.8% of the population is aged over 75 compared to a UK average of 7.7%, and the...

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    Integrated paediatric public health

    Issue Northumberland had a higher than UK average problem with childhood obesity. Northumberland also had a high number of teenage pregnancies. Solution Northumbria developed a number of integrated services to address local challenges, including, not exhaustively:...

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    Medical ambulatory care for improved outcomes

    Issue The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care hospital (NSECH) is the first dedicated emergency hospital in the UK and was developed as part of NHS England’s New Models of Care programme. The programme sought to pilot new...

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    National child measurement programme

    Issue Childhood obesity continues to remain a major public health priority.  It is not only a serious and growing problem for individual children and the wider population but is also a significant contributor to health inequalities. ...

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    onecall: enabling integrated care

    Issue Northumbria recognised that they needed better integration and community services to ensure that patients and families received the right service at the right time from the right people. However, the range of services, and how...

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    Orthopaedics capabilities

    Issue Northumbria was experiencing long waiting lists for elective orthopaedic procedures, including hip and knee replacements. There was also a growing incidence of post operative pain and surgical site infection.  Northumbria was also struggling to effectively...

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    Patient experience driving quality improvement

    Issue Northumbria has always believed that the most important people in their hospitals are their patients.  However, demonstrating this empirically proved difficult other than anecdotal quotes and ‘soft’ factors. Also, as an organisation founded on the principles...

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    Reducing emergency department pressure

    Issue Northumbria’s three emergency departments were under considerable strain, withlong waiting times, inappropriate presentations, poor patient flow and a declining patient experience. The spread of cases across multiple sites meant that clinical staff were not seeing the...

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    Sepsis reduction

    Issue Sepsis, know as ‘the silent killer’, currently claims 44,000 lives annually in the UK.  This is more than the top three cancer deaths combined.  Sepsis places a significant economic burden on the NHS, with around...

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    Strategic clinical partnership to improve care in China

    Issue China’s rapid industrialisation, urbanisation, and an ageing population are contributing to the rise in cases of acute conditions. The treatment burden for heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and obstructive pulmonary diseases is expected to rise by...

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    Tackling childhood obesity

    Issue Childhood obesity continues to remain a major public health priority;it is not only a serious and growing problem for individual children and the wider population but is also a significant contributor to health inequalities. Treating...

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    The Northumbria Way

    This system design delivers the right care for the right patient in the right location, either in their home or close to their home, minimising unnecessary hospitalisation so freeing up hospital capacity. The Northumbria Way integrated...

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    Transforming stroke care

    Issue Northumberland covers a large area and contains a mix of rural and urban populations.  This can make it difficult for stroke patients to receive timely and appropriate care. Early assessment, diagnosis and treatment of strokes...

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