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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 continued to work for the benefit of it communities in the North East during 2010-12.