CETL4HealthNE is a consortium involving the Universities of Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside and NHS partner organisations (North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) with Newcastle University as our lead partner. We design and deliver innovative learning and teaching programmes and develop new ways of sharing best practice in healthcare education across the range of health professions spanning doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists and pharmacists. Through collaborative working we have developed and shared innovative ideas with support from a central Directorate in order to spread best practice. Our aim is to help future health professionals better meet the needs of a modernised NHS and the growing and changing expectations of its patients.

Our focus is on ‘Improving the experience, reducing risk’. Among the areas identified above for development, partners have agreed the following as our priorities:

  1. Service user and carer involvement: Understanding and impacting upon the experience of patients and relatives through improving care delivery is important in legitimating and sustaining ongoing educational development, particularly in a time of economic stringency.
  2. Simulation: Partners recognise the considerable potential of simulation at all levels to enhance skills and facilitate reflection on safer practice and decision making. Building on existing networks, projects will contribute to understanding ways to manage the impact of human factors in safer care.
  3. Inter-professional learning and working: Improving the ways in which people work together is a fundamental part of reducing risk and enhancing people’s experience of healthcare. We will build on and move beyond our earlier focus on pre-registration health professionals to develop ways of enhancing continuing development for professionals and non-professionally affiliated staff.

CETL4HealthNE has recently published a final evaluation report and supplementary reports in order to access this information please follow this link.

People with Experience

The People with Experience – User Involvement work stream of CETL4HealthNE has linked educators, healthcare practitioners, service user organisations, individual service users and carers to enable the sharing of ideas and activities in relation to getting the voice of people receiving healthcare into the teaching of healthcare professionals.

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Simulation is an area of importance both within the CETL4HealthNE and nationally. Simulation is increasingly used in the education and training of both pre and post registration healthcare professionals. Across the North East simulation is being used in NHS Foundation Trusts and Higher Education institutions. CETL4HealthNE currently supports a regional network around Simulation

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Interprofessional Learning

Interprofessional Education (IPE) has always been a CETL4HealthNE priority area. Its foundations are embedded in, common learning which has been used as a firm foundation in order to engage with new professional groups such as pharmacy. Our aim is to ensure students are prepared for employment an increasingly integrated health and social care workforce. Out intention is to develop practice-based learning environments intended to support interprofessional learning and working, thereby ensuring students were fit for purpose and prepared for employment in a multidisciplinary, collaborative workplace.

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