In response to the recent announcement by the Department of Health to create 'Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs)', the North East and North Cumbria have submitted an application to become an AHSN.
The theme of innovative education captures workstreams that focus on the development of educational programmes and interventions for healthcare professionals and patients, as well as the enhancement of training programmes across the region that employ innovative ways of delivering education.
Two Phase 1 projects have been chosen to launch HIEC NE and are planned to commence before the end of 2010. Both reflect the twin aims of innovation and education in healthcare and conveniently represent both primary and secondary care.
The first project is a highly technical cutting edge training programme in Minimal Access Surgery available to surgical trainees across the whole of the North East region.
The second project is a highly innovative primary care exercise education programme, 'Movement as Medicine', for patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes. This will be piloted across Durham and Darlington.
Following from the success of the recent 'Minimal Access Surgery' project, HIEC North East has enabled a dedicated coordinator of this unique and exciting programme to be recruited to continue development of a 'Surgical Skills Training Programme' for trainee surgeons.
In addition, as a result of the recent funding call HIEC NE will be supporting a further two projects under this category:
‘Smooth Enterprises’, led by East End Health in Tyne & Wear, is utilising a partnership approach with schools to promote health and nutrition in school age children through provision of smoothies. A Curriculum Resource Pack will also be introduced to facilitate entrepreneurial activities within schools to help tackle public health issues.
‘Physical Activity & Health Education Programme for a Hard to Reach population’ is an intervention led by SportsWorks Ltd to address physical activity needs and the understanding of diet and nutrition in disabled children and their parents/carers across Tees Valley.