A commitment to reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease in North Tyneside has been given a boost after a North Tyneside medical centre won a national award in recognition of nurse-led improvements for hundreds of patients.
The Wellspring Medical Practice in Killingworth won a Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) bursary award in recognition of new methods to deliver better care for more than 700 patients with cardiovascular disease which affects the heart and blood vessels.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death in North Tyneside and reducing deaths from the disease is a key priority for NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Practice Manager, Liz Brittlebank, and Practice Nurse Esme Elliott, won the award for their development of a new way of assessing and signposting patients according to the severity of their condition. Under the new system, patients with less complex health conditions will be empowered to care for themselves which will free up more nursing time for patients with more complex needs who need more help from nursing staff.
Liz said: “We’re delighted that our innovative approach has led to us winning a bursary of £5,000 – one of just nine awards across the UK.
“By being able to direct nursing care where it is most needed, we hope to be able to offer an enhanced service to all our patients with this condition.
Dr John Matthews, Clinical Chair of North Tyneside CCG, said: “Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of premature death in North Tyneside so we welcome this initiative to offer more bespoke care for people with the disease.”
The bursaries provided by the Queen’s Nursing Institute are one of the most direct ways of helping nurses deliver improvements in patient care.
Anne Pearson, the QNI’s Practice Development Manager, said: “These projects are a practical, measurable way of improving patient care by testing the ideas of front line nurses, supported by QNI staff with experience in project delivery.
“The projects this year have seen nurses harnessing new technology and challenging existing ways of working with the purpose of delivering a more effective service to their patients.”