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1 Tots toddle fun Under 5s get active Magazine for staff and members Best of Health Awards Family Nurse Partnership wins team of the year Life begins at 40 Promoting healthy relationships Neurorehabilitation services Helping people regain independence Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news. Better health, local care Autumn issue

2 Contents Welcome from Sue Harriman, Chief Executive I am delighted to introduce you to the winter edition of Shine as the new Chief Executive of this Trust. I came from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust where I was the Deputy Chief Executive, having started my nursing career in the navy. I then joined the NHS and have worked in both primary and secondary care. I am passionate about what I do and look forward to working with you all to face the challenges ahead. I really hope to make this Trust a successful Foundation Trust which provides first class care and that we can all be proud of. Since joining in September I have visited many services to find out more about them and have been impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of our staff. It gives me immense pride, therefore, to congratulate the Family Nurse Partnership team who won Community Nurse/Team of the Year at the Best of Health Awards. Please do take the time to read about their achievements on page 6. In our big interview with a Macmillan Nurse, you can find out more about our Palliative and End of Life service which supports patients and families at a very difficult time. In this edition, we also feature the amazing work of the multi professional teams that comprise our Neurological Rehabilitation Service through the eyes of a stroke patient who shares his experience with us. Finally, thanks to all our staff for your hard work and commitment this year. I hope you all have a well-deserved break over the festive period, and to those staff who continue to work over the holiday season thank you! I would also like to thank you all for being part of the Trust and give you my best wishes for Christmas and a healthy New Year. Sue Harriman Chief Executive Regular features What s been happening? 3 The big interview 4 Governor s message 13 Community bulletin 15 Cover stories Tots toddle on the common! 5 Our successes at Best of Health Awards 6 Neuro-rehabilitation services 8 Life begins at Also in this issue What is palliative care? 4 The first step is the biggest A stroke patient s story 9 WOW! Nominate now! 10 Improving diabetes care in South Africa 11 Bringing better care home 12 Beating the festive blues 12 Tips for Christmas shopping and budgeting 12 Spot it, stop it! 14 Southampton drug and alcohol service 14 Government visit focuses on community nursing challenges 16 2

3 What s been happening St James Hospital drop-in event In September we held a drop-in event at the Lowry Centre at St James Hospital in Portsmouth around the planned service moves. It was a joint event with NHS Property Services who own most of the site. Around 130 people came to see our plans for the services and ask questions. A list of questions asked and our responses can be found on our website under the feedback section. Annual General Meeting 2014 We welcomed our new Chief Executive, Sue Harriman, at our AGM meeting in September. Over 60 people attended, including patients, members and representatives of other healthcare organisations. The evening started with a health fair, allowing the public and staff to meet representatives of our services. The executive team and Lead Governor, Michael North, gave updates and there was a presentation on improving care for the elderly. This was followed by questions and answers to the panel. Something to share? Meet the teams open day Our Solent Neurological Rehabilitation Service held an open day at the Western Community Hospital in September. Colleagues from other organisations were invited to meet the teams to find out more about them and the referral process. Representatives of many services manned stalls and were on hand to talk to visitors. In addition, the Community Neurological Rehab Team (CNRT) provided specialist talks on Motor Neurone Disease, and Dr Hayden Kirk and Dr Emma Murphy provided talks on Intrathecal Baclofen, a treatment for spasticity. See page 8 for details. Do you have a story which you would like us to include in Shine? Have you raised money for charity, won an award or have something you would like to share with our staff and public members? If so, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the membership team on or Don t forget that a picture tells a thousand words, so if you have any photos to support your article, please send these through to us! Chief Nurse appointment We are delighted to welcome our new Chief Nurse, Mandy Rayani, who joined the Trust in September. Mandy leads our nurses and allied health professionals and is responsible for ensuring we deliver safe, effective and sustainable services. She said: I am proud to be a nurse and passionate about delivering high quality patient-centred care. I believe that by working together as a team we can deliver excellent care. At the Board Interested in finding out what we have been doing over the last month and what we are planning to do? Our monthly Board meetings are open to the public to attend. Visit for dates. 3

4 The BIG interview with Sue Cutter, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist What job do you do at the Trust I am a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in palliative and end of life care. I am responsible for coordinating the smooth running of the team and I visit patients in their homes to support them with pain and other symptom management. Why did you decide to become a Macmillan Nurse I chose, 22 years ago, to move into palliative care, as I wanted to become an expert in how to care for the dying. Before becoming a Macmillan Nurse, I developed my knowledge and experience in a number of hospices across the south, including our local hospice, The Rowans. What do you enjoy most about your job There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you were the one that resolved the patient s distress to allow them to either live with their illness or to die comfortably. What would you say is the hardest part of your job The amount of time that liaising and communicating with colleagues can take, especially when we are dealing with complex and distressing symptoms that you just want to sort quickly. What would you do if you won the lottery I would move to France to live with my husband and dog, Alfie, where we can go walking and enjoy lunch. I love the sense of balance the French seem to have. What s your favourite hobby Reading; I consider the Kindle to be one of the best inventions in recent years so many books all in one place! If you could take one thing with you on a desert island what would it be My Kindle with a solar-powered charger. What is palliative care? Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life for patients living with an illness that limits their life expectancy. It also helps their carers and those close to them. Palliative care is available at any point during a life-limiting illness, not just when patients are nearing the end of their life. The palliative care approach is used for all ongoing life-limiting conditions, not just cancer. Our multi-disciplinary team includes specialist nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, clinical psychologists and social workers. For information ring or Prefer to receive this newsletter by ? Contact the membership team with your address at Tel:

5 toddle on the common! Our Health Promotion team arranged a Toddle on the Common for the under 5s and families on Southampton Common. The action-packed day, which attracted over 100 people, was to encourage families to get active and have fun with their young ones. It is important to provide parents with support and networking opportunities to help them get more active with their children. The team supplied healthy snacks and games for the children, followed by a long walk in the park. The little ones thoroughly enjoyed it and loved jumping in the muddy puddles and splashing around with friends. Speaking at the Toddle, one of the mums who took part said: It s such a great thing, I m always trying to get the kids out of the house. More events like this should be available. They love it. The My Journey Hampshire bird also put in an appearance. He made the little ones smile as he encouraged them to keep on walking. We hope the toddle has brought the community together to spread the change4life message. Follow us on and find us on Facebook for more event updates and handy healthy tips! Like to feedback on our newsletter? Please feel free to tell us which articles you like or the topics you would find useful by ing 5

6 Our successes at Best of Health Awards 2014 I nominated them because of the passion, commitment, patience, generosity and warmth they show to their clients and because they are an incredibly supportive team who constantly challenge themselves to improve the way they work. Mia Wren FNP Manager Our congratulations go to the Portsmouth Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) for winning a top prize at this year s Best of Health Awards. Shine also pays tribute to everyone else in the Trust who was nominated including our Adult Mental Health (AMH) services for notching up five nominations and two runners up prizes. Meanwhile, Portsmouth Breastfeeding Support and Healthy Weight Team, and our Hydrotherapy Team also received nominations. The annual awards, organised by the Portsmouth News, celebrate the dedication and professionalism of all health staff working in the Portsmouth area. Sue Harriman, Chief Executive, attended the ceremony to support staff and present an award. Sue Harriman, CEO, (left) presented an award Picture: The News Portsmouth Mia Wren, FNP Manager who collected her team s Community Nurse/Team of the Year award said she was delighted her team won: I nominated them because of the passion, commitment, patience, generosity and warmth they show to their clients and because they are an incredibly supportive team who constantly challenge themselves to improve the way they work. Our nurses develop trusting relationships with teenage parents and encourage them to be the best parent they can be. They work incredibly hard with clients as young as 13 often in challenging circumstances, for example they may be homeless. The FNP works with young teenage mums during pregnancy until their child is two. They help the teenagers to keep healthy during pregnancy, encourage them to become self-sufficient and support the physical and emotional development of the child. Joel O Beirne, Support Time and Recovery Worker, and Samantha Wilkinson, Mental Health Practitioner, from our AMH Intensive Engagement Team (IET) were both runnersup in the Mental Health Team/Worker category. The out-reach team works with patients with severe mental health illnesses to keep them stable and well in the community. This includes daily help with shopping and routine tasks and confidencebuilding. Joel said We were nominated by a patient s carer. I was delighted and surprised. I genuinely had no idea this was going to happen. It s been a privilege to have been nominated, though for me this is about the team and not the individual. 6

7 This year s Best of Health awards ceremony was held at Portsmouth Guildhall in October. Claire Jeffries from the Hydrotherapy Team who attended said it was an amazing evening. She said: We sadly did not win our category but we all had an amazing evening and felt very honoured to have even been nominated. The nomination was particularly special as it was made anonymously by our patients. To be nominated by our patients is extremely special and really makes us feel valued. We have all felt so proud of our team for getting as far as we did. Below are all our nominations: Community Nurse/Team of the Year Portsmouth Family Nurse Partnership Breastfeeding Support and Healthy Weight Team Hospital Team/Worker of the Year Hydrotherapy Team Well done to our winning team - the Family Nurse Partnership! Mental Health Team/Worker of the Year Martin Dunning, Day Treatment Team Appleby Ward, The Limes Joel O Beirne Samantha Wilkinson Solent Recovery College Joel O'Beirne, runner up 7

8 Spotlight on Solent Neurological Rehabilitation Services Helping people regain independence Many of us know someone incapacitated by a serious accident or ill health which requires specialist rehabilitation treatment to help them recover. Perhaps they fell down the stairs, suffered meningitis or their Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has deteriorated. The reasons and causes may be completely different but when the event involves brain or spinal damage the effects are often life-changing and require the support of our specialist multi-disciplinary team at Snowdon Neuro Rehab Unit, Western Community Hospital (WCH) in Southampton. The Snowdon at Home service provides support for people leaving hospital and requiring specialist neurological rehabilitation. This helps them achieve their optimum level of independence and wellbeing as they re-learn the things many of us take for granted eg how to cook a meal, cross the road or go shopping. The neuro teams include a wide range of health professionals including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, neuro-psychologists, nurses and doctors: the type of treatments very much depend on the needs of the individual. We are passionate about what we do. We always put the patient at the centre of everything, enabling them to work with the professionals and reach their goals. Teresa Freeman, Matron Many patients commence their treatment in Snowdon Ward, our neurological rehabilitation unit. The service may include an assessment by a neuro-psychologist to identify which part of the brain is not functioning and work with the occupational therapists to manage their long-term disabilities. Those patients with severe conditions may need physiotherapy to help them with their posture and lying, or to build up stamina and help with walking aids. Once they are ready for discharge, service users may receive further input at home via one or more of the following services: 8 The Snowdon at Home Team facilitates earlier discharge from Snowdon Ward and works with patients at home or at the gym to reach clearly identifiable goals, eg outdoor mobility and safety in the community. At the end of the six-week treatment those people who still require further support are then referred to the Community Neurological Rehab Team (CNRT). This service assists them to develop their independence at home and in the community, helping them with postural support and improving their mobility with walking aids and exercise programmes. Our Vocational Rehabilitation Team helps patients to return to work or to find work. They also advise on how best to employ people with disabilities. The WCH teams also support young people aged with neurological conditions who are leaving children s services. For more information please phone

9 The first step is the biggest A stroke patient s story The first step is the biggest. They took me from nothing to walking. It was only 10 feet, but when you come from not being able to get out of bed or dress yourself, it's massive. They helped build me up like building blocks. Gareth Shepherd Gareth Shepherd s Christmas 2012 was turned upsidedown when he suffered a stroke a couple of days after a motorbike accident. Following two months at Southampton General Hospital he was admitted to Snowdon Ward when he was medically stable, but remained unable to speak or move, requiring full care from staff on the ward. During his four months as an inpatient he worked closely with the multi-disciplinary team to restore his voice, rehabilitate movement and relearn how to wash and dress and undertake other daily activities. On leaving Snowdon Ward he was able to make himself understood and take a few steps with a frame. Rehabilitation was continued on discharge from the ward by the Snowdon at Home Team, whilst Gareth was housed in temporary accommodation. They helped him progress further, developing his walking and helping him with practical skills at home. Three months later, Gareth was walking with crutches, was more selfsufficient and his speech continued to improve. On moving to his new home, the Community Neurological Rehab Team (CNRT) supported him on the next stage of his journey to independence. As well as improving his walking with the aid of a splint, Gareth built confidence to walk outside again. The Vocational Rehabilitation Team worked with Gareth at this time to improve his confidence and ability to organise and sequence tasks to help prepare him for returning to work in future. The 32-year-old has not yet returned to work as an IT administrator, but is hoping to work again one day. Since his discharge from Solent Neuro Rehabilitation services in March 2014, Gareth has made use of the service s self-referral policy and has recently been reviewed by the Neuro Rehabilitation Gym who worked with Gareth to provide a suitable exercise programme which he continues to do at a local gym on a regular basis. On reflection he says the first steps made on Snowdon Ward were instrumental to his recovery. Gareth continues to work hard to further his journey on the road of recovery. His biggest goal now is to get back on a motorbike, which is testimony to his drive and determination to get on with life. Fight the flu Staff who haven t had their flu jab yet can find out how to get vaccinated on the flu page on the intranet. Public members should talk to your GP, as you may be eligible for a free vaccination. 9

10 Nominate now! was our way of thanking teams and staff for making a difference. We are now delighted to have launched our WOW awards which champion excellent customer service and have replaced Thanks a bunch. Children s Nurse 10 ian, B C ed icin es M anagement hn Tec t cot th Cen tre t en m edicin Manage es Amy Cr e th eal itterne H M ll we ss i ci an,m dia tr ic winners. lin ic C P ae rds wa d E en tre Dr M ari a In the meantime here are some of our latest We look forward to reading your nominations! lth Please visit our website by searching Solent NHS Trust, and click on the WOW button on the homepage to make sure the people who have gone above and beyond are recognised. Each month there will be up to three winners who will receive a prestigious certificate to be proud of. al ea Staff and patients can now nominate someone who works for the Trust for a WOW award. We have created the award to make sure our staff are thanked and acknowledged for their outstanding work. All winners will also be considered for a Valued, Involved, Proud (VIP) award at our annual staff awards event. Julie So u Has one of your colleagues done something to make you say WOW? Has a member of our staff looked after you, or someone you know, in a way that made you think they deserve to be applauded? Ma nager, Lake Roa dh

11 Improving diabetes care in South Africa In March, Eloise Whitaker, one of our specialist podiatrists, embarked on a six month career break to be an Improving Global Health Fellow in South Africa. Improving Global Health through leadership development is a scheme run by NHS Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy. It is jointly funded by the academy and the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET). Podiatry services are poorly resourced, if at all, in South Africa. There were no podiatrists employed in the chronic disease department where she worked on several projects for people with diabetes. Here Eloise shares her experience. I met with many professionals and organisations to establish their thoughts on foot care and compiled a long wish list in the process. As part of this work I wrote guidelines on the management of diabetic foot ulcers and provided train the trainers teaching on the diabetic foot, which will be rolled out across the province. I was sad to leave as there was still much work to be done to improve diabetes footcare. However the work I began has started conversations and identified areas for development. Since returning to Southampton, I have approached my work differently. I have become aware of just how important it is to truly understand the wider picture; it is not sufficient to just acknowledge it. Life begins at 40 The reproductive life of a runner bean, the fertilisation of buttercups and a diagram of how a baby is born just a few recollections of sex education at school, for people over 40 in Hampshire, who took part in our market research. It s hardly surprising then that Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are on the rise in this age group. Also less people are staying in lifetime relationships and more people are meeting new sexual partners later in life. We recognise that sex is something to be enjoyed by adults too, whatever stage in life they have reached. If you would like to talk to one of our specially trained doctors or nurses about your sexual health, or if you have had sex without a condom and are worried about sexually transmitted infections, you can find out more about the services we offer at Alternatively, find your nearest clinic by texting the word CLINIC to Thanks! We would like to thank everyone who took part in our market research to help us design our sexual health campaign targeted at people over 40. We received a vast amount of feedback which helped us create the design of the campaign. 11

12 Bringing better care home Seamless health and social care is on the way for patients thanks to Better Care. Under the Better Care Fund part of the local budget for NHS and Social Care services will be shared from April Each NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local authority Health and Wellbeing Board has jointly agreed a Better Care Fund plan. These plans are being approved by NHS England. As well as showing how local areas will invest their money in years to come they also cover the preparations, including how the public will be informed and involved, which are already underway. As a result, Solent NHS Trust will work more closely with primary and social care. Part of the plan includes moves to sit side by side as part of the same team as social care colleagues. The focus will be on providing better care in people s homes and local community, resulting in less time spent in hospital. We can reduce the need for hospital services and the hugely disruptive effect this can have on a person s life when we meet all their needs through community services, explains Sarah Austin, Director of Strategy, who is leading our work on Better Care. Improving community services, delivered through the NHS, local council and voluntary sector will help people stay healthier for longer, prevent isolation and promote independence. The plans are tailored to meet local needs differently in Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire, but the principles are the same and we are committed to working with local partners in a way that shares our different skills and avoids duplication. To find out more about local plans visit Portsmouth.gov.uk or Southampton.gov.uk and search better care. Beating the festive blues Christmas is considered the season to be jolly but for some the merry-making is far from the reality. Whether you celebrate it or not, the pressure to have a good time can be stressful and what happens if you don t have any family, are short of money or fed up of trying to make every Christmas perfect? Here are some tips to help: Work out what you want. Forget about what everyone else says or what your family has always done: What do you want your traditions to be? Make a list of nos. Make a list of what you don t want to do. Look after your health and wellbeing. Don t feel obliged to indulge everyday. Going it alone, or not. If you re single, consider volunteer work, going away or spending Christmas with a friend. Tips for Christmas shopping & budgeting Buying presents, entertaining and going out is draining on your finances too. Here s some advice to avoid starting the New Year in the red. Stick to a budget. Prepare a spending budget and pay with cash. Use credit cards wisely. Use just one credit card, preferably a 0% interest card. Credit cards provide more protection than debit cards. Ask about refund policies before you buy. Save your receipts and ask for gift receipts. Check for sale prices. When you buy sale items check you were charged correctly. Read the fine print. If you re signing a contract for a gift or purchase, make sure you understand it before you sign. Be secure online. Make sure the website starts with https:// and displays a locked padlock on the screen. Protect your personal information. Don t be a victim of identity theft. Do not give personal information over the phone or on the internet. When you give, know where it s going. Watch out for fake charities. And finally, check if it s all really necessary. With everyone feeling the squeeze, ask yourself if you really need to spend what you plan. 12

13 by Michael North, Lead Governor When one year comes to its conclusion and you find yourself standing on the threshold of a new one, there are thoughts of what has been achieved, and what exciting paths of progress and associated challenges lie ahead. Our Trust has much to be proud of because during the past year: It has consistently delivered through the dedicated efforts of its loyal and caring staff It has provided an exemplary quality of service, which has been professionally recognised and endorsed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) It has been widely praised by the public who use our many and varied services. What better basis could we have as a springboard for launching our Trust into a new and exciting year, where well deserved Foundation Trust status awaits us? What else lies ahead in the coming year? Health provision and the way it is delivered and financed are changing for the people of our nation. This change for the better will see providers, including our Trust, coming together in a joinedup manner with the sharing of individual clinical expertise, reducing administrative duplication and supporting a more efficient use of financial resources. This will create a more coordinated system for the delivery of care, which does not compromise on the quality. This exciting prospect reaches into the hearts and minds of all the NHS services in Hampshire and must be fully embraced. We must not turn our heads away from this important challenge of change because we need our NHS. How can we as members offer constructive help? Firstly we need to encourage new members to join us. We, as members, need to lend our support to the many activities that our Trust is involved in, such as Wellbeing for all events, focus groups and consultations, as well as local fetes, fairs and festivals etc. Our Trust is supported by dedicated and focussed staff and, together with partner organisations throughout Hampshire, we will help people to live well for longer, providing safe care and make better use of our resources. The year ahead is going to be exciting and critical for the future of the NHS. Our Trust is up for that challenge and in co-ordination with our partner groups within Hampshire we will work to make that difference for the benefit of all. May I take this opportunity to wish you, and your families and friends a happy and restful festive break and a healthy and happy New Year. Survey thanks Thank you to all our staff who completed their annual staff survey. We will share the results with you next year, once all the feedback has been collated. 13

14 Spot it, stop it! Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. As a Trust, we have zero tolerance towards bullying and harassment. By working together, we can ensure violence, bullying and harassment of any kind, is not tolerated. What is bullying or harassment? It can range from physical violence to less obvious forms, such as ignoring someone. It can happen with or without witnesses and could be a one-off act or persistent behaviour. All forms of bullying and harassment, from anyone, are unacceptable and must be dealt with appropriately. Staff can find out more about how to resolve such situations in the Dignity at Work policy on the intranet. What should I do if I feel I am being bullied or harassed? If the situation is not resolved or you can t do any of the steps above, you can contact the Human Resources (HR) Business Partners. If you want to talk to an independent person, you can contact Workplace Options, who provide our Employee Assistance Programme. Available 24/7. You can also use the online incident reporting system on the intranet. Please be assured that the matter will be taken seriously. t i t po For more information S it p to or contact details for the teams mentioned visit: spotitstopit S What should I do if I witness bullying or harassment? Talk to the person in question. They may not realise how their behaviour is affecting you. If you see any such behaviour, please speak to your line manager, HR Business Partner, Occupational Health or Workplace Options. Speak to your line manager. Be positive and try to offer possible solutions to put things right. What if I feel that I have been bullied or harassed by a patient or member of the public? If you feel the bullying or harassment is making you unwell, speak to the Occupational Health team. You can refer yourself to them or your manager can do this for you. Such behaviour needs to be reported. Further details can be found in the Management of Violence, Aggression and Abuse against NHS Staff policy on the intranet. t i ot Sp t i p o t S Southampton drug and alcohol recovery service launched 1 December Solent NHS Trust is now working in partnership with Society of St James and No Limits, alongside CRi, to provide a drug and alcohol recovery service in Southampton. The new service provides: Early Support, Assessment and Planning service (ESAP) for young people aged between years delivered by No Limits A ssessment, Review, Monitoring and Recovery Planning service (ARM) for adults aged 25 years and over, delivered by CRi Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Recovery (DATR) delivered by Solent NHS Trust, No Limits and Society of St James. Experienced health professionals fully support the needs of the individual to provide a life changing, personalised substance misuse recovery service for people living in Southampton. We also provide drug and alcohol recovery services in wider Hampshire and in the city of Portsmouth. For more information please contact 14

15 Community bulletin Patient article published! celebrated after Ser vice user, Eric Seall, published in a s an article he wrote wa rapy book leading occupational the y and Mental rap The Occupational The Health (5th edition). ibes his experience In his section, Eric descr and working with of living with a disability in the Portsmouth occupational therapists ability Team. Community Learning Dis Well done to Matt Hunt for competing in the Portsmouth Great South Run on 26 October. Matt, Project Co-ordinator in our Bank Staff Service (BSS), did the 10 mile challenge to raise money for Friends of Snowdon Neuro Rehabilitation Unit. See page 8 for details. To make a donation plea se emai l: Matt.hunt hants.nhs.uk ental Health The Community M uth raised 133 at Recovery Team So ffee morning in their Macmillan co September. Rose Roberts Karen Ward and l t for Adult Menta organised the even d at St Mar y s Health staff base h Campus in alt He Community Portsmouth. fundraise for The team chose to ppor t Services Su er Macmillan Canc or them have family because some of m fro ed fit bene friends who have s. ice rv se their On September 28, Emilia Chase, our Marketing Communications Apprentice brav ed a 350 foot abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Por tsmouth. The stunt was to raise money and awareness for the Stroke Associa tion after her friend who was only in her 30s had a stroke. I am not a dare devil at all in the slightest. I hate heights so this was the cha llenge for me, she said. To make a donation visit g.co m/mi lliec hase12 STOPTOBER maybe over but it s never too late to quit! Our STOPTOBER campaign in October was a huge success beating last year s record of people who referred themselves to our stop smoking clinics to try and give up. 15

16 Government visit focuses on community nursing challenges Staff from Lordshill Community Nursing team met with Wendy Nicholson from the Department of Health (DoH) to discuss the challenges in community nursing today. Wendy, the professional officer for school and community nursing, wanted to meet a community nursing team during her visit to Southampton in June, where she met with Alison Kidman, Clinical Nurse Manager, Sarah Oborne, Quality and Training Lead, and Helen Snelgrove, District Nursing Student. She was accompanied by Mark Rawlinson from the University of Southampton. It was an informal talk which covered a range of topics including: The importance of our district nursing course The increased demand for community nursing without increased available resources The local population demographics and the positive effects of community projects in reducing hospital admissions and social isolation How the community nursing services integrates with allied health professionals and social services The use of information technology The importance of the palliative care support workers in providing high quality care and support for patients and families. Sarah Oborne said meeting Wendy was a really positive experience. She was keen to find out how we work, the pressures we were under and how things could be improved at national level. We hope we gave Wendy a clear picture of how things really are for community nursing in our area and the challenges that we face. Sarah Oborne Quality and Training Lead Member get member Please help us spread the word about membership and ask your family and friends to get involved Ask your family and friends to become members today! Please encourage people you know to become a member of Solent NHS Trust. They will get a copy of this newsletter and have an even bigger say about local health services. Members can attend events, take part in questionnaires and focus groups. Find more information online at or call To sign up today, please complete the short form below and pop in an envelope back to us at: Freepost RSRU-ARZH-ACBZ, Membership Team, Solent NHS Trust, Adelaide Health Centre, William Macleod Way, Southampton, SO16 4XE *Title: *Full name: *Address: *Postcode: Design by DC Group (UK) Ltd December 2014 MCT022 *Date of birth: Telephone: Ethnicity (please circle): White British/ White Irish/ White Other/ White and Black Caribbean/ White and Black African/ White and Asian/ Mixed Other/ Chinese/ Indian/ Bangladeshi/ Pakistani/ Asian or Asian British Other/ Caribbean/ African/ Black or Black Other/ Any other ethnic group Declaration I can confirm that the information provided on this form is accurate, that I am at least 14 years old and that I have not been involved in the previous five years in an act of assault, violence or harassment against any Trust staff or registered volunteers of the Trust or been convicted of offences against children or vulnerable adults. *Signature: *Date: Data protection and the Public Registers The information on this form will be kept by Solent NHS Trust and only used in connection with membership and public involvement. This is in accordance with the Data Protection Act Please tick this box if you do not want your name to be included on the public register of members * These fields are mandatory

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