Collaborating to help ease the pain

Date published: 18 June 2018

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is hosting a free public talk on the ‘Deteriorating Patient Collaborative’ at the Royal Oldham Hospital on Thursday, July 12 from 2 until 3pm.

The Alliance has successfully managed to reduce the cardiac arrest rate in its hospitals’ ‘Innovation Wards’ by introducing the Deteriorating Patient Collaborative.

The Northern Care Alliance is made up of two Trusts, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

There are five hospitals and community services in the group - Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham, Fairfield General in Bury, Rochdale Infirmary and North Manchester General.

Alison Schofield, Project Manager for Quality Improvement at the Northern Care Alliance, said: “I am really looking forward to meeting with the public and our members to tell them all about the wonderful work we are doing at the Group with this collaborative.

“We recently celebrated some absolutely fantastic news regarding the Deteriorating Patient Collaborative.

“The data is now shows a statistically significant reduction in cardiac arrest rate (per 1000 admissions) across our Deteriorating Patient Collaborative innovation wards since the change package was finalised and launched at a celebration event in December 2017.”

The Deteriorating Patient (including cardiac arrest and sepsis) work stream aims to reduce mortality and harm for people in acute hospitals by reliable recognition and response to acutely unwell patients.

The talk will be held on July 12 (2–3pm) in Room G17, Education Centre, at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email:

The event is free to attend and is one of a series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the group’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and the services it provides.

So far, more than 12,500 people have signed up to become Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust members.