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Getting back on track after cancer treatment

A project helping patients take back control of their lives and speed recovery after treatment for breast, prostate or colorectal cancer has proved so powerful it has secured further funding...

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Community Hospitals in the Forest of Dean - Public and Staff Consultation

The 12 week Community Hospitals in the Forest of Dean public and staff consultation ended on 10 December 2017. We would like to thank everyone who has taken part and...

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Victoria Newland and Felice Marchetti smallA project helping patients take back control of their lives and speed recovery after treatment for breast, prostate or colorectal cancer has proved so powerful it has secured further funding from Macmillan Cancer Support. It brings Macmillan’s financial commitment to the project to just over £1m and means it will continue to March 2019, by which time it is planned to become an integral part of NHS cancer care within Gloucestershire. 

The Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation project, delivered by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, comprises a team of dedicated health professionals. They provide one to one support, a suite of group support and education programmes and workshops to give patients knowledge, skills and confidence to encourage self-management and adopt healthy lifestyles, positive health and physical activity. This is backed by a learning and development programme to increase health and social care professionals’ confidence, communication and awareness of the rehabilitation and support needs of people living with and beyond cancer. 

“We’ve learned a lot about what really helps cancer patients to recover quicker and get back on track since we started in 2016,” says Nikki Hawkins, Macmillan consultant allied health professional for the project. “Their feedback about what, how and where the project is delivered is helping to refine and create a service that can be extended to other cancer patients across the whole county.”

“It’s proving to be hugely beneficial for patients, and fits in with the aim for all cancer patients to have access to elements of the national recovery package by 2020,” says Elizabeth Wright, Macmillan’s strategic partnership manager. “Extending the project enables us to cover the whole of the county for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer patients and then complete links with other elements of NHS cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.”

Cancer patient Victoria Newland from Churchdown in Gloucestershire was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2016 and after chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, she self-referred to the project in June this year. “It was just fantastic. I had finished my main treatment and it’s only then you have time to take stock and breath. All your thought processes had been dealing with the here and now for so long. Then when it goes quiet at end of radiotherapy and you’re not running to appointments – you’re done.

“Then your mind starts to drift. I was down and felt a heavy burden. Then a friend who’d had cancer told me about Next Steps as she had been helped by the project. The Macmillan team took the time to listen to me and what I needed. For example, I went to the HOPE course and met a group of people feeling the same as me, and the relief of understanding what was happening and evolving strategies to get myself back on track was so powerful.”

‘I’ve also benefitted from the physical activity sessions and advice that will help me move forward and do my best to stop cancer recurring. Cancer, for me, does wear you down and Next Steps has provided the toolkit to put myself back together again. The programme is genuinely fantastic”

The project, which has so far helped more than 500 patients, is part of a wider programme of improving cancer care in the county involving Macmillan, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The growth in demand for cancer services will continue to create pressure within our health system. 

“With data showing the current need for these services doubling by 2030, we need to make sure we provide the services cancer patients need to get through their treatment and make the quickest and best recovery possible,” adds Elizabeth Wright. “Next Steps is going to play an important part in that future.”

To find out more about Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation, please click here.

1 December 2017

The 12 week Community Hospitals in the Forest of Dean public and staff consultation ended on 10 December 2017. We would like to thank everyone who has taken part and shared their views or submitted questions whether in person at one of the events, on-line or by completing the survey.

Work will now begin on compiling the Outcome of Consultation Report. This will be published and shared at the County’s Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee in January 2018, which is a meeting in public. The Report will also be made available at www.fodhealth.nhs.uk at this time.

We will review and carefully consider all of the feedback received from members of the public and staff, before any decisions relating to the preferred option are made.

It is expected that a full report will be considered by the Boards of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group in public session towards the end of January 2018 – dates will be confirmed in the near future.

 

 

 

The NHS in Gloucestershire is launching its winter campaign and asking people to think twice before heading to A&E or calling 999 when it’s not an emergency.

The campaign visuals under the banner ‘Some people really need A&E, Do you?’ gives members of the public clear advice on what to do if they are ill or injured and not sure where to turn. You can watch a video here -

Mark Pietroni, Consultant in Emergency Care at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Our emergency departments are very busy places, particularly during the winter months, and therefore we urge the public to do the right thing and only use A&E if they have life threatening conditions or serious injuries.

If it isn’t a genuine emergency, you are highly likely to receive the care you need in a more timely way if you access other health services available. We need to focus our time on those patients who are seriously unwell.

The campaign message is clear with four simple ways to get instant advice on the right care or service option for you if you are not sure where to turn.”

The campaign advises people to download the App (ASAP Glos NHS), Search the ASAP website (www.asapglos.nhs.uk), Ask NHS 111 (give them a call) or pop in to their local Pharmacy.

The ASAP App and website allow users to ‘Search by Service’ or ‘Search by Condition’, with a step-by-step guide through symptoms, self-care advice and signposting to the appropriate NHS service/s if needed.

Dr Andy Seymour, Clinical Chair at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“The choice of healthcare options is often greater than people realise, particularly for non-emergencies. Your local pharmacy is a great first port of call if you are ill or injured and are unsure where to turn.

Also working together, many GP practices are now offering extra appointments in the day time and outside normal opening hours and community hospital minor injury and illness units offer a range of services to adults and children, 7 days a week.

This campaign, which will be running across a number of channels, is about helping people to access the right health advice when they need it most.”

Dr Caroline Bennet, Urgent Care Lead at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“We know that many people are following the campaign’s call to action, but we need everyone to use NHS services responsibly.

If your condition isn’t a genuine emergency and you turn up at A&E, you are likely to wait longer to be seen, could delay more poorly patients from receiving the care they need and also waste precious NHS resources.”

The high profile campaign includes a film featuring in Facebook adverts and in GP surgery waiting areas, radio, press and on-line adverts, distribution of eye catching promotional material and outdoor advertising.

 

20 November 2017

 

 

Di Gould President 1Di Gould, Clinical Director of the Trust’s Community Dental Services (CDS), has been elected by her peers to be president of the British Dental Association’s CDS Group. 

Di started her new role at the Group’s annual Presidential and Scientific Meeting, which took place at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday 5 – Friday 6 October. Di was tasked with putting the event programme together. In her opening address to delegates, Di spoke about the challenging but rewarding and varied work of community dentists and reflected on the invaluable support of dental nurses. 

As part of her role, Di will visit community dental services across the country. Dates have already been confirmed for the West Midlands and Derry in Northern Ireland.  

Di said “I am very honoured to be elected as President of the BDA Community Dental Services group and am looking forward to meeting colleagues across the UK throughout the coming year as part of this exciting role.”

 

1 November 2017

 




Congratulations to seven Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) from Stroud General and the Vale Community Hospitals, who have recently been awarded Care Certificates. Stroud Vale HCAs

The group have been part of a 12 week training and development programme, learning the skills and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and quality care. The Certificate is awarded to those in healthcare roles who have demonstrated they meet each of the 15 Care Certificate standards, including caring with privacy and dignity, awareness of mental health (including dementia and learning difficulties), safeguarding and infection control. 

The group received their certificates and badges from Sue Field, Director of Nursing, in the post-graduate room at Stroud General Hospital. Sue said “The Certificate marks the start of something new, and I know our HCAs are really making a positive difference on the wards with their colleagues and especially with patient care.”

Pauline Cox, Training and Development Facilitator (Stroud) and Julie Lerigo, Training and Development Sister (the Vale) have provided support and advice along the way. Julie said: “We feel extremely lucky to work with such wonderful HCAs, it has been wonderful to watch them develop and grow.” 

Some of the HCAs will now go on to do their nurse training, apply for a Nursing Associate role, or start an apprenticeship.

Jess, HCA at the Vale, said “The Care Certificate has strengthened our confidence in our roles, and I think we provide better care for patients because of it”.

Health Care Assistants who completed their Care Certificate are:  

  • Uta Baldauf
  • Jessica Fisher
  • Cidalia Goncalves
  • Teresa Harrison
  • Donna Hawker
  • Lauren Hayward
  • Lorna Mankee

 

27 October 2017





The Gloucestershire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) has been awarded the Police Commander's Commendation for Excellence by Gloucestershire Police.  SARC

This is in recognition of the team’s continued support and assistance to victims of sexual offences and for the crucial part they play in safeguarding victims and assisting the police in bringing perpetrators to justice. 

Magdalena Gulcz-Hayward, SARC Manager, was also awarded for her assistance and support of a vulnerable victim of a serious sexual offence. The victim would not initially engage with the police, however Magdalena spent over five hours supporting and reassuring the victim, allowing to her to provide a video interview. 

Magdalena said “I work with incredible women who are kind, caring and considerate and always put their clients’ needs first. We are very proud to be providing an empowering, client led service.’

The service is jointly provided by the Trust and Gloucestershire Constabulary. To find out more about SARC, click here.

 

25 October 2017

 





North Cotswolds HospitalHospital Ward Volunteers

Do you enjoy talking to people, listening to music, reading newspapers and/or supporting people through befriending activities? Have some spare time and want to put this to good use? We would love you to spend time with patients on the hospital ward. Help at lunchtimes is particularly valuable but we appreciate any time you can give us.

Gardening Club Volunteers

Do you enjoy gardening or being outside? Would you like to meet new friends or get more exercise? We are starting a new Gardening Club at the hospital and need volunteers to help. Everybody is welcome, from keen gardeners to beginners.

Want to know more?

We are holding an open day at North Cotswolds Hospital on Tuesday 31 October from 10am to 12pm for anyone interested in helping at the hospital. We will discuss our volunteer roles with you in more detail and help find a role to suit your interests.

Please do come along and meet some of the team involved in this valuable and rewarding work and talk through any queries you may have over a cup of tea.

For more information about volunteering at the hospital, please call Angie Pinchin on 0300 421 8799 or email angela.pinchin@glos-care.nhs.uk.  

 

25 October 2017

 




Two Trust teams have been recognised for their work on SystmOne at the first ever SystmOne Innovation Awards. 

Time to Care, a Listening into Action (LiA) team, won the Workforce Experience Award for designing and implementing a RAG (Red Amber Green) capacity tool for Integrated Community Teams (ICTs). The tool helps clinicians to see how much time the patient should be ledgered for to ensure they provide high quality care (which can include administering medication, undertaking assessments, undertaking therapy intervention). Every new patient starts on red until they have been assessed, and if they stabilise or improve they move through to amber and green. 

The Musculoskeletal physiotherapy team were runners up in the User Interface Design category. The team created a single point of access for referrals on SystmOne which are managed by administrative and clinical colleagues from across the whole service. This system ensures consistency and equity, preventing any delays to registration and triage and building resilience into the service. The team have considerably increased their use of texts and emails to service users through SystmOne, providing a greater level of cost effective communication than printed letters. 

Dawn Allen, Professional Head of Community Nursing & Head of Tissue Viability and Complex Leg Wound Services, said: "This award recognises the combined and committed multi-professional LiA group who worked tirelessly in drawing together the RAG tool and sharing it out to their colleagues in the ICTs, in particular the Professional Leads who helped inform the data collection and tool development so proficiently. The tool is a clinically led, quality focused enabler for services and forms a part of future capacity management approaches." 

Sarah Morton, Professional Head of Adult Physiotherapy, said “Both submissions demonstrated the strength of collaborative working between clinical systems, information analysists, IT teams and clinical colleagues and it was a great testament to everyone’s efforts.”

 

12 October 2017