Consultant physiotherapist achieves professional doctorate

Consultant Physiotherapist Atle Karstad

Dr Atle Karstad, who is the only consultant physiotherapist at the trust, was part of the first cohort to complete the professional doctorate at Teesside University. The intensive part time course took six years to complete. He said: “In addition to being the musculoskeletal professional lead, a big part of my role is also to […]

Healthcare apprentices celebrate success

Healthcare apprentices celebrate having completed an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Health Care Support

The apprentices have been working at the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool for the last two years, while they have completed an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Health Care Support at Level 3, at Stockton Riverside College of Further Education and Hartlepool College of Further Education. The apprenticeship scheme gives […]

Get the help you need to quit this Stoptober

Pat Marshall

Stoptober is a 28 day initiative, which is backed by Fresh – urging smokers across the country to stop smoking. Stoptober is a great time for smokers to make a positive change in their lives and quit. It’s a time when family, friends and colleagues can all make a start together. People who quit for […]

Outpatient pharmacy a new venture for trust’s commercial arm

Trust staff celebrate the official opening of Panacea Pharmacy

Panacea, a relocated outpatient pharmacy which also offers high street pharmacy services to patients, visitors and staff has been officially opened. The branding for Panacea was designed by degree students from Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool who are studying to work in the commercial world. The winning design was by first year […]

Foundation trust members invited to stand as governors

The trust is about to hold its elections for eight public governor vacancies in the following constituencies: Hartlepool (two positions) Stockton (four positions) Easington (one position) Non-core public constituency (one position) Chairman Paul Garvin said: “Having a council of governors is a feature of any NHS foundation trust and it gives local people a greater […]

Millionth GNR finisher inspires staff health campaign

Tracey Cramond with her GNR medal

Tracey Cramond, who works as a contract support officer at the trust completed the 13 mile run in three hours and two seconds in memory of her mum, has raised just under £800 for Butterwick Hospice. Tracey starting running just last year after her mum passed away. She said: “I completed the Great North Run […]

Mealtime companions to give patients a helping hand

Mealtime companion serves food to hospital patient at North Tees

The mealtime companions will be supporting the staff on the wards by encouraging patients to eat and drink in a calm and sociable atmosphere, helping to cut up their food and make mealtimes a more enjoyable and social experience. Associate director of nursing, quality and patient experience Barbara Carr said: “We’re very excited to start […]

Up and about again after surgery done under local anaesthetic

Surgen Manuf Kassem and patient Harry

Harry Robinson, 86, from Clavering has a heart condition which meant he would have been unable to have a general or spinal anaesthetic , However his second hernia in 30 years was making him uncomfortable. Associate specialist surgeon Manuf Kassem discussed the possibility of surgery under local anaesthetic with Mr Robinson and it was agreed […]

Small Wonders brings huge improvements for tiny and sick babies

Mother with her twin newborns

Small Wonders has been devised by the charity Best Beginnings whose aims are to give every child in the UK the healthiest start in life. Small Wonders aims to support parents to be at the cornerstone of their baby’s care in ways that are shown to improve health outcomes for babies and wellbeing of parents. […]

New role is NICE for Michael

Michael Butler

Michael was recently selected to work on an advisory body to NICE known as the health technologies adoption programme reference panel. Michael is also part of an entrepreneurial business idea to develop an exciting new e-health company – PhysiCall. As part of this he has helped create a smartphone app and website which will allow […]