A COUPLE’S legacy to improve healthcare in South Tyneside by sending medics on scholarships is still going strong after 15 years.
The latest recipient of the Heyman Travelling Scholarship is Arlene Cubby, who will be visiting Holland, and Minnesota in the USA, to look at how home care organisations in both countries look after patients in their own homes.
Sir Horace and Lady Heyman, who lived in Whitburn, greatly admired the quality of healthcare in the borough and they provided for a travelling scholarship for NHS staff in the area in their wills.
Sir Horace died, aged 86 in 1997, and Lady Heyman, aged 81, in 1999. An advisory committee considers applications for grants from the scholarship fund, in conjunction with the Community Foundation.
Mrs Cubby, a project manager for community nursing with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, worked in community nursing for 15 years as a district nurse and then as a community matron before taking on her current role.
She said: “There is an increasing emphasis in healthcare on providing patients with the care they need in their own homes so I am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to broaden my experience in this field.
“I am particularly looking forward to using the knowledge I will gain to help the Trust improve the services we provide in a home setting.”
Ian Frame, executive director of personnel and development for the trust, which provides community health services in the borough Gateshead and Sunderland, as well as hospital services in South Tyneside, said: “The Heyman Travelling Scholarship is an enduring legacy, which provides our clinical staff with a fantastic opportunity to broaden their skills, knowledge and experience.
“By travelling abroad to centres of excellence, including hospitals and universities, and meeting the best in the world at conferences and on training courses, they are able to gain invaluable insight into how we can improve our own services to give our patients the very best care.”
Sir Horace was a well-known figure in North East life. He became managing director of Smith’s Electrical Vehicles, in Newcastle, in 1949 and later became chairman of the English Industrial Estates Corporation as well as becoming a Newcastle Polytechnic governor and vice-chairman of the polytechnic board.