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May 2023 - Issue 6
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Collaborative Newcastle is an innovative partnership which brings together the NHS, local government, higher education, and the voluntary and community sector. We’re combining efforts, expertise and resources to achieve a single, shared vision: to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of everyone in Newcastle.

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Health and Care
 Partnering to provide healthcare volunteers
Partnering to provide healthcare volunteers

Newcastle Hospitals has partnered with local education providers to train and mobilise a team of activity and mobility volunteers through an innovative new programme. A group of 45 students from Newcastle College, the Royal Grammar School, Gosforth Academy and Jesmond Park Academy are now working alongside a physiotherapy team at the Freeman Hospital – part of an orthopaedic rehabilitation unit for adult patients who need further care after treatment for a traumatic injury. Hear from some of the volunteers, the staff they work with and the patients they support in this video.

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Growth and Prosperity
Insights Conference
Connecting academic knowledge and policymakers
The inaugural Insights North East annual conference took place in May, bringing together academics, health managers, and policymakers to develop opportunities to bridge the gaps between research and policy.

The event was a huge success and allowed delegates to hear first-hand from regional policymakers about some of the challenges they face, the barriers to ensuring policy helps build inclusive and sustainable communities, and the opportunities for using evidence to make sure the North East has a stronger and more distinctive voice in national policy debates.

Net Zero Newcastle
 Award win for energy efficient project
Award win for energy efficient project
A project to reduce energy bills for hundreds of residents in Newcastle has scooped a top industry award. Led by Newcastle City Council, in partnership with Your Homes Newcastle and EQUANS, the project won Regional Large Scale Project of the Year at the North East Energy Efficiency Awards. Work was completed to remove the gas supply from Denton Park House and Hilltop House in West Denton, as part of a £5.5m project to replace old gas-powered central heating with Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs), delivering lower carbon emissions and reduced energy costs.

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Latest news
Academics develop wearable device for Parkinson’s patients
Academics develop wearable device for Parkinson’s patients
A team of researchers have received funding from Parkinson’s UK to create a device which tackles one of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The part of the brain which prompts the automatic swallowing response can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease, meaning patients can experience a pooling of saliva which can result in drooling or even choking. In response, academics from Northumbria University, Newcastle University and the University of Lisbon have developed the Cue Band – a wearable wristband device which delivers a vibration ‘cue’, prompting the patient to swallow without the need for medical intervention.

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Researcher wins award for pioneering work
Researcher wins award for pioneering work
An Associate Professor at Northumbria University has won a prestigious award from the UK’s leading membership group for experts on infant mental health, in recognition of his outstanding research. Dr Ian Robson has been awarded the Association of Infant Mental Health (AIMH) UK Louise Emanuel Award. The accolade recognises Ian's contribution to practice, research and policy, and his commitment to the 1001 Critical Days agenda, which recognises the period from conception to the age of two. These critical days set the foundations for lifelong emotional and physical wellbeing, and the agenda is designed to give babies the best start in life.

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