20th October 2015 – Film about a local service is premiered at a London Theatre

Posted on October 20, 2015 by AireAdmin No Comments

An inspirational film about a service to help people who may be in the last years of their life run from Airedale Hospital is to be previewed alongside four other short documentaries at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London this week.

It is part of the ‘Power of People’ – a series of mini documentaries which bring health care improvement to life and show the personal stories behind change – has been commissioned by the Health Foundation, an independent healthcare charity, and will be launched on Thursday 22 October.

One of the aims of the films is to inspire people working in the NHS to think about other possible innovative ways of working.

Operating from Airedale Hospital, Gold Line provides a 24-hour nurse-led telephone advice, support and care co-ordination service for patients with a serious illness, who may be in their last year of life. This innovation was created in partnership with patients, their carers, GPs, commissioners, and Manorlands and was made possible through support from The Health Foundation.

A film about the Gold Line was produced by the Lightbox company who have worked on documentaries such as Man on Wire and Keeping Britain Alive – which placed over 100 cameras across Britain’s NHS on a single day. Hollywood director James Kent, known for his film Testament of Youth, produced our film about the Gold Line service.

Will Warburton, director of Improvement at The Health Foundation, said: “The Power of People presents different perspectives on innovative ways to provide care, which have changed the lives of both people receiving care and the people caring for them.

“These films are a unique and moving take on how the lives of people using health services and their families can be improved through the determined efforts of those working in health care.”

“The demands on our health service are growing – the ideas of the people working in the health service will be essential in meeting this challenge.”

Dr Helen Livingstone, consultant in palliative medicine, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very proud of our Gold Line service and are delighted with this high quality film which captures the essence of what it is about.

“We hope it shows what can be achieved when people are given the time and support to innovate and that it will inspire others already doing great things in health and social care services to think about what else might be possible.”

Special guests at the film preview event in London will be:

  • Dr Helen Livingstone, consultant in palliative medicine, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  • Fran Duxbury, telemedicine nurse who helps to run Gold Line at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Lizzie Procter, hospice director, Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice
  • Ann Wagner, executive sponsor for the Gold Line project at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. Over the past 15 years the charity has funded a range of projects in the NHS to improve the way health care is delivered and make care better for patients and service users.

The Power of the People will also be previewed at The Picture House Theatre in Keighley at the end of next month (November).

The other four films feature:

  • Bottoms Up – Northern Ireland’s South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust’s Safety, Quality and Experience programme
  • Pop up recovery college – 2gether Trust’s, which works in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, recovery college is for people living with mental health problems to help them manage their recovery.
  • Medicines review – Older people living in care homes and their family/carers can make decisions, with support from health professionals to make changes to their medicines and reduce potential harm and waste from unnecessary prescribing.
  •  Flo – the app that started in NHS Stoke-on-Trent. Florence is a tool that can help health professionals support people to better manage their health.

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