This week’s NTHighlights

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  1. Hartlepool Councillors praise Trust’s Dementia performance

Our Trust was recently praised regards our performance with progress in dementia care and reduction of hospital mortality rates. The findings came as Hartlepool Borough Council audit and governance committee received the quality accounts for 2018/19 from our Trust.You can read the story in the Hartlepool Mail here.

  1. New A&E Standards to be tested in pilot at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

This week our Trust was announced as one of the 14 organisations across England to test new potential standards for A&E targets. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is a consistent top performer for A&E targets, and our ambitions to provide the best possible quality care for patients is always at the centre of what we deliver. The item will also feature in local media – Gazette, Hartlepool Mail and the Northern Echo over the coming days.

You can read more on the HSJ website here.

  1. Emergency Care staff recognised for thoughtful gesture

Staff at University Hospital of North Tees once more demonstrated the generous and thoughtful nature of the people who work for our Trust. Debbie Hall, paediatrics lead for the emergency care department and colleagues gathered donations for friends and colleagues she met whilst working in Christchurch, New Zealand – recently impacted by the tragic events that unfolded just over two weeks ago.

You can read more in the Hartlepool Mail here and you might have heard the interview on TFM radio too!

  1. #MyCervicalScreeningStory
    This year one of the major stories hitting the headlines across England is the low uptake of cervical screening. To date the Trust has worked to push out the message about the importance of attending the appointment. From the rap released in January to the poem penned by one of our own staff that is now going ‘viral’. Kara Pickering, currently on maternity leave with our organisation used her own experiences to demonstrate just how important the test is for here, and her family…

You can see the campaign over on Instagram here and on Twitter and Facebook too.

  1. Teesside Trust leads from the front with innovative Quality Control technology

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust provides a national pharmaceutical quality control service through its Stockton Quality Control Laboratory (SQCL). Set up to provide services across the region, it has grown to provide national ones too. From originally providing analytical services to pharmacy and medical physics departments, the laboratory now provides services to a range of departments including hospital estates teams and sterile services. There really is a wealth of expertise in this NHS laboratory.

You can read more on the website here.

  1. Making it easier than ever for patients to return unwanted equipment
    Last month we were visited by BBC Tees during their campaign to re-unite hospital equipment with trusts from across the region. We pledged to make it easier for our communities to return any ‘no longer required’ crutches, zimmer frames etc. Our Trust is dedicated to listening to the people that matter most – our patients!

You can see more on the website here and we’ve shared it on social media too.

  1. Reducing delayed discharges to get patients home safer sooner
    This week, Director of Operations Julie Parkes spoke to BBC Radio Tees about the work our Trust has undertaken to reduce delayed discharges, ensuring our patients get home safer sooner. Julie was able to give an overview of the hard work carried out by staff across the organisation to ensure we support our patients..

You can hear the interview here at 2 hours 8 minutes.

  1. Innovative education collaboration is a huge success

Our Trust works across our region to provide the best possible outcomes for all that we support. Recently we collaborated with Hartlepool Borough Council and Hartlepool College to develop a bespoke programme dedicated to health and social care for our staff. Watch this space for more news items surrounding the ambitions of our education teams.

You can read the story in the Northern Echo here.

  1. GP Networking and Engagement Event

Our Trust holds quarterly GP engagement events to link up with colleagues across our primary care network. The next date for the diary is Wednesday 24th April 2019 at the Middlefield Centre at University Hospital North Tees. This is an opportunity for colleagues to hear about the services we provide here and create excellent working links. If you know of a GP that would be interested in attending – please share the link here…

  1. New look Bowel Cancer Screening webpage

As the 2019 Bowel Cancer Awareness Month takes place in April, our Trust is delighted to share the ‘new-look’ bowel screening web page with lots of information about our screening centre across Teesside, parts of County Durham and North Yorkshire.

Take a look at the page here…

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