This week’s NTHighlights

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  1. Sharing innovation with the Royal College of Surgeons of England

This week the Trust’s Associate Director of ICT, Tony Naylor, took the opportunity to promote his latest project to the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Professor Derek Alderson.

You can see more on Twitter here.

  1. “In another year’s time I’ll be on the register – it’s so surreal!” 

Trainee Nursing Associate, Lisa Tomlinson, has been speaking to the Royal College of Nursing about her journey through the course and what it means to her.

You can read the article here.

  1. “Addressing health challenges in our region – smoking in pregnancy”

In her latest blog, Chief Executive Julie Gillon discusses the prominent issue of smoking in pregnancy and how we can work with partners to tackle it.

You can read the blog on the website here.

  1. A well-deserved win for Cancer Centre Volunteers

Congratulations to the Trust’s Cancer Centre Volunteers, who have taken home multiple awards in the Macmillan Volunteer Awards Programme.

See the story on Facebook here.

  1. Regional Director of Royal College of Nursing acknowledges ‘amazing’ work of Trust

The Regional Director for the Royal College of Nursing, Glenn Turp featured on BBC Radio Tees on Friday, discussing the pressures on local A&E services. He gave special mention to the hard work of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

You can hear the whole interview here at 41 minutes with specific mention to North Tees @ 42.06  minutes.

  1. Campaign encourages communities to cook up a storm

In the latest phase of the #BetterHealthBetterSelf campaign, the Trust is promoting healthy eating and the importance of getting your diet right.

Trust Chef, Richard Kirton, has been sharing his best recipes with the people of North Tees and Hartlepool, encouraging them to re-create    their own version.

See more on the website here.

  1. Join us for One Week Alcohol Free

The Trust’s alcohol awareness campaign continues, with a ‘One Week Alcohol Free’ initiative beginning on the 25 February.

We’re asking the public to give up alcohol for a week and share their experiences of sobriety with us through Facebook and Twitter.

Please support us by sharing the posts next week, and be sure to join in too!

Read more on Facebook here.


  1. Myth busting rumours around returning unused equipment

Clinical Director, Nick Roper, passed on a statement to BBC Tees to quash rumours suggesting the Trust is unable to take back mobility aids such as crutches, instead promoting the importance of returning such equipment.

You can hear more on BBC Tees here at 2 hours 21 minutes.

  1. Orthopaedic ward praised by NHS Improvement for reducing catheter related infection

The team made a number of changes including trialling a new product to clean around the area where a patient would be catheterised.

This work resulted in a reduction in catheter linked Urinary Tract Infections, and was recognised by NHS Improvement.

Read more over on Facebook here.

  1. Palliative Care innovation recognised in prestigious health journal

A special diary for the relatives of patients on end of life care has been included as an example of good practice and learning in the International Journal of Palliative Nursing. Well done to Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care, Mel McEvoy for all of his hard work on the project.

Read more on the website here.


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