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Major project to improve quality of care for elderly launched

Friday, 11 July, 2014
Major project to improve quality of care for elderly launched

A national project to further improve the quality of care provided to elderly patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside has been launched.

An event marked the start of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s initiative and showcased the work already taking place which is bringing real benefits for patients.

It is thanks to this work that the Trust received £420,000 from The Health Foundation, an independent national charity working to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in the UK.

The three-and-a-half year project, in partnership with Age UK North Tyneside, will focus on improving the recruitment and training of staff, the patient environment and patient experience.

People involved in the project nationally and at the Trust came together to celebrate the work and look forward to the planned initiatives which will really focus on the needs of the elderly.

The Trust is one of only nine NHS organisations across the country to secure a share of £4.6m funding from The Health Foundation.

Annie Laverty, Director of Patient Experience at the Trust, said: “This event is just the start of this exciting project which gives us additional resources to really make a difference for some of the most vulnerable people in our care.

“The project is a ringing endorsement of the work we’ve been carrying out and the grant will help us build on those strong foundations.

“Over the next three-and-a-half years we will be working with corporate and clinical teams to give them support and training to better understand the complex needs of elderly people.

“It is a real coup that we are only one of a handful of organisation to have received this award and we look forward to making a real difference to the patients we serve.”

Sandra Gray, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on this innovative project which will make a real difference to the lives of older people by improving their stay in hospital and beyond by offering support to patients and their families.”

The funding, from the foundation’s Shared Purpose programme, aims to develop new ideas on how corporate support services and clinical teams can work together to improve the quality of care.