The Hospital to Home Steering Group met on the 26th June and discussed the project progress and future plans. Sandra Gray (Health and Wellbeing Director) organised and chaired the meeting, she welcomed attendees:
- Anne Robinson (Age UK Northumberland – Wellbeing Manager)
- Cath Ashbrook-Raby (Northumberland Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Shared Purpose Project Manager)
- Shirley Johnson (NHS Belfast – observer)
- Helen Green (Medical Social Services Team – Hospital Discharge Lead)
- Tom Clapperton (Hospital Mealtime Volunteer)
- Amy Loudon (Hospital Wellbeing Volunteer)
- John Connelly (Community Services Manager)
- Julie Dixon-Patterson (Hospital to Home Project Manager)
- Sandra introducing John (newest employee of Age UK North Tyneside) and explaining her transitional role till John takes over a project lead.
- Steering group meeting to be held monthly, organised and chaired by John.
- Recruitment phase now underway to introduce Mealtime and Wellbeing volunteers onto ward 6 at Wansbeck General Hospital. The learning phase from North Tyneside Hospital volunteer introduction now complete.
- Helen and John to initiate a meeting between the various Social Services teams involved in patient discharge i.e. EEDS, Gateway and ART.
- Helen’s invite to Julie to attend the hospital social work team meeting in August to be extended to Amy. Facilitating the development of a referral process into the project and creating a link between volunteers and discharge team.
- Community Nursing Services to be contacted to see if it is feasible to introduce newly discharged patients and their carers into future steering group meeting.
- Tom to discuss and introduce Julie to his contacts in local church groups in North Tyneside who previously setup a service to support discharged patients.
- Wellbeing volunteers providing one-off home visits to patients they have befriended in hospital. Issues surrounding volunteer support and safety to be investigated.
- Consultation with local people in North Tyneside to facilitate feedback on project and future plans planned for 4th September 2013 at Parks sport centre. Age UK North Tyneside’s Befriending and Enabling Service to link into this.
The new professionally designed/printed Hospital to Home leaflet was distributed, see attached pdf.
We are hoping Dr Lynn Corner of Newcastle University will be able to attend the next meeting so she can update us on the search for a suitable research applicant to be based at the Age UK North Tyneside office for the next 2 years as part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership and project evaluation.