Cash boost for bid to improve care

EFFORTS to improve the quality of care provided to elderly patients in Northumberland have received a cash boost.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is one of only nine NHS organisations across the country to secure a share of £4.6million funding from The Health Foundation, an independent national charity.

The £420,000 from its Shared Purpose programme aims to develop new ideas on how corporate support services and clinical teams can work together to make the standard of care provided by health bodies even better.

The trust was successful because of the work it is currently undertaking to improve the quality of care of elderly patients across the county and North Tyneside, in particular those who have suffered a stroke, have dementia or diabetes.

Annie Laverty, director of patient experience, said: “We are delighted to be one of only a handful of organisations nationally to secure the funding – this is a real coup for us.

“It is an extremely exciting project which will give us additional resources to really focus on the needs of frail older people, some of the most vulnerable patients in our care.

“We want all of our patients to feel valued and welcomed onto our wards and be confident that their complex needs will be understood by well-trained and respected staff.”

The three-and-a-half-year project will focus on improving the recruitment and training of staff, the patient environment in terms of promoting health and well-being through the use of colour, lighting, layout and signage and patient experience.

Learning from the project will be shared nationally to benefit elderly patients.