A NATIONAL project to further improve the quality of care provided to elderly patients has been launched.
An event was held by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to mark the start of the initiative and showcase the work already taking place.
Work is taking place thanks to £420,000 from The Health Foundation, an independent national charity working to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in the UK.
The three-and-a-half year project, in partnership with Age UK North Tyneside, will focus on improving the recruitment and training of staff, the patient environment and patient experience.
Annie Laverty, director of patient experience at the trust, said: “The project is a ringing endorsement of the work we’ve been carrying out and the grant will help us build on those strong foundations.
“Over the next three-and-a-half years we will be working with corporate and clinical teams to give them support and training to better understand the complex needs of elderly people.
“It is a real coup that we are only one of a handful of organisations to have received this award.”
Sandra Gray, director of health and well-being at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “We are delighted to be working with the trust on this innovative project which will make a real difference to the lives of older people by improving their stay in hospital and beyond.”