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Northumbria hosts maiden MELISSA stop-off

Friday, 01 March, 2019
Northumbria hosts maiden MELISSA stop-off

A new training and learning bus for healthcare staff has made its maiden visit to a north east NHS trust.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was the first trust in the region to host MELISSA when it stopped off at The Northumbria hospital at Cramlington.

Double-decker bus MELISSA has been transformed into an eye-catching simulation and training facility designed to support the region deliver safer patient care.

MELISSA has everything from state-of-the-art simulation equipment with patient mannequins to televisions and audio-visual equipment for presentations and live feeds.

Dr Chris Tiplady, Northumbria Healthcare’s director for medical education, was one of the people who got on-board.

He said: “We were delighted to host MELISSA’s maiden visit to a north east NHS trust and support this exciting new initiative.

“It’s an excellent resource which will complement the first-class training and simulation centres we have here and across the region and staff who had the opportunity to have a look around were impressed with what’s on offer.

“We look forward to welcoming MELISSA back to our trust and working with them in the future to benefit our workforce.”

The idea for the bus – which is believed to be the first of its kind – was developed by the faculty of patient safety which is just one part of the multi-professional education and training team headed up by Professor Namita Kumar, postgraduate dean, for the north east and north Cumbria.

Professor Kumar is committed to continually improving the region’s NHS workforce to be the best they can be and provide the safest care for communities. Offering unique and innovative training opportunities and easier access to learning, she said, is at the heart of this ambition.

MELISSA is free of charge to organisations delivering training and learning that will ultimately improve patient outcomes and patient safety across the region.

You can follow MELISSA on @madeinmelissa and find out more here #getonboard

And in case you’re wondering where the name MELISSA came from … it stands for mobile education learning improving simulation and safety activities.

Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680