New initiative looking for ‘health champions’

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An innovative programme aimed at improving the health of residents is being brought to North Shields.

The work, led by Altogether Better, is one of 22 proposals selected by the Health Foundation to be part of its £1.5m Innovating for Improvement programme.

The scheme is aimed at improving the delivery of health care and developing and testing innovative approaches to improving wellbeing.

Collingwood Surgery is working alongside Collingwood Court Care Home, Holmlea Care Home and Appleby Nursing Home in a new model of ‘Collaborative Care’.

They are recruiting volunteer ‘Health Champions’ to work alongside GPs, care home staff, residents and families to develop new ideas and activities that will improve people’s health, wellbeing and the quality of their care.

A recruitment drop in event is being held on Thursday between 10am and noon at the Linskill Centre.

Alyson McGregor, director of Altogether Better, said: “We are delighted the Health Foundation is supporting our proposal to create a new model of collaborative care in residential care home settings. We are working with a great team of people in the practice and the care homes who want to find new ways to make everyone’s lives and work better.”

“Our local partners will be pioneers nationally in making residents’ lives better.”

Sarah Henderson, associate director from the Health Foundation, said: “We are very excited to be working with such a high-calibre of teams, who all have great innovative ideas.

“As an organisation we are keen to support innovation at the frontline across all sectors of health and care services, and I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their ideas over the next year.

“Our aim is to promote the effectiveness and impact of the teams’ innovations and show how they have succeeded in improving the quality of health care, with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK.”