Sexual Health and BBV training

SIDE Sexual Health and BBV training

The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus training programme for 2020/21 is now available for booking.

The training programme aims to develop a confident and competent workforce by including a variety of courses appealing to clinical and non-clinical professionals.

Click here to view the programme and book on courses

Courses will be delivered by skilled and confident trainers in appropriate partnership working arrangements, addressing inequalities and demonstrating gender sensitive practice.

All training will be based on the best epidemiological and research evidence currently available, evaluated and updated accordingly.

The training programme supports the delivery of the outcomes set by the Scottish Government in their Sexual Health & Blood Borne Virus Framework 2015-2020 update.  Unless stated otherwise, courses are free of charge.


Infection Control SICP of the Month

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The Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPCT) is highlighting its March standard infection control precaution – Waste Management.

The team held an information event at the Level 5 dining room at Ninewells yesterday to promote this month’s topic.  Another stall will be held on the main concourse on Tuesday 24 March from 10am to 2pm and members of the team will also visit various clinical areas to share the message.

This also links in with the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP) module:

NES: Respiratory and cough hygiene

Staff can access the modules through learnPro.

What we did in NHS Tayside last week

Have you ever wondered how many patients we see and treat in NHS Tayside? Here’s a snapshot of some of our activity over the past week.

Many more patients are treated every day by our GP and community colleagues and we provide many other services in our hospitals such as x-rays, scans and other tests.

Each missed appointment costs NHS Tayside £151. Please contact your outpatient department if you are unable to attend an appointment so that we can rearrange it for a suitable time and give the appointment to someone else.


NHS Tayside registered for Nightingale Challenge

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NHS Tayside has successfully registered for the Nightingale Challenge as part of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020.

The Nightingale Challenge, which is associated with the Nursing Now campaign, asks every health employer to provide leadership and development training for young nurses and midwives.

The aim of the challenge is to have at least 20,000 nurses and midwives aged 35 and under benefiting from this in 2020, with at least 1,000 employers taking part.  It will bring together health employers to inspire the next generation of nurses and midwives as practitioners, advocates and leaders in health.

Each employer will determine how best to respond to the Nightingale Challenge but their programmes must include an opportunity for personal development, to learn about leadership and the wider organisations.

Design and planning for the programme in NHS Tayside is now in progress.

NHS Tayside has also been successful in its application to the International Community of Practice for Person Centred Practice to advance person centred practices in health and social work services, research, education/learning, facilitation, management and policy.

Click here for more information on the Nightingale Challenge

Breathlessness management resources

SIDE Breathlessness Management ResourcesNew information leaflets have been produced to help individuals and their families cope better with persistent breathlessness.

Breathlessness is a common and distressing symptom in many advanced long term conditions, causing considerable disability, anxiety and social isolation.  It can affect not only the person who suffers from it but also those closest to them.

People can become anxious and sometimes depressed and worried by the impact of breathlessness, and it can be also be a challenging symptom for professionals to manage.

There are simple measures that can help someone having an episode of breathlessness and a range of information leaflets and other useful links can be found on Staffnet and AHSP website.

The leaflets have been developed for NHS Tayside by a multidisciplinary working group with help and advice from patients.

The working group would like to thank and acknowledge the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for their original work and kind permission to reproduce it.


Raising awareness of diabetic eye screening service

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NHS Tayside’s diabetic retinal screening service hosted an information stand to raise awareness of the importance of eye screening.

Staff were on hand to chat about the service and explain the importance of attending regular eye screening appointments for those living with diabetes. The team hosted the event with the aim of reaching out to patients who may be unsure what is involved in screening and demonstrate what the process could look like.  It also allowed the public to meet the friendly team of screeners and encouraged those who may have missed an appointment to attend.

NHS Tayside’s diabetic retinal screening service is part of a national programme which screens all diabetics aged 12 and over to detect any referable diabetic eye disease which can be treated at an early stage.

The team delivers the programme from Ninewells and Perth Royal Infirmary as well as two mobile vans which deliver clinics to some of the more rural areas including Kinloch Rannoch, Montrose and Kinross ensuring that the service reaches patients across Tayside.

Diabetic eye screening manager Samantha Creamer said, “The aim of the diabetic retinal screening programme is to detect potentially sight-threatening changes to the retina in the eye. Picking up changes early, means that these changes can be treated early.

“We know that very often patients living with diabetes don’t know or are unaware of the changes that are happening, so regular eye screening allows us to pick up any problems early enough to offer early intervention which promotes a good outcome.

“The service use fundus photography which is when images are captured by a special camera and these images are then later assessed by the grading team. At slit lamp clinics an instant assessment of the patient is carried out using slit lamp equipment and special magnifying lenses. The service has a dedicated admin team which arranges all the appointments and bookings to ensure our patients are seen on time and at a venue which is close to them.

“Tayside is currently screening above the national target and the team works extremely hard to provide a patient-centred service.

“Staff were pleased to have the opportunity to explain about the screening process and I hope that those who visited the stand have a better understanding of what is involved and share this information with their families and friends.”

More information about the programme can be found on the service’s dedicated social media pages. These social media platforms help the service communicate with patients about where the service will be visiting in the next few months, any cancelled appointments, and changes to the screening service, as well as providing information such as what a test result means and latest news about retinal screening that would be of interest to patients, carers or relatives.

Twitter: @diabeticeyescreeningnhstayside
Facebook: Diabetic Eye Screening NHS Tayside
Instagram: @diabeticeyescreeningnhstayside

Patient experience training session

SIDE Free training session!.jpgNHS Tayside’s patient experience feedback group is holding a free training session for staff on Monday, 16 March.

Patient experience data can often be dismissed by health care staff as they are concerned about how valid and reliable it is. This session shares the principles of using reliable surveys, shares what support there is for using surveys and how survey data can be best used to support improved care experience and outcomes.

The session lasts for one hour and is open to all staff. There is no need to book, just turn up – we look forward to seeing you!

Monday, 16 March from 10.30 – 11.30am in the Board Room on level 10 at Ninewells Hospital.

If you would like to video conference into the session, please contact The dial in number is 500500511.

Board Champion for the Year of the Nurse and Midwife appointed

Emma Jane WellsNon Executive Member of NHS Tayside Board Emma Jane Wells has been appointed as Board Champion for the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020.

Emma Jane said, “I am delighted to take on this role of Board Champion. As a Non Executive Board Member, I am fully aware of the vital part that nurses and midwives play in providing excellent care and support for patients across the region.

“One of the key elements of this celebration year is nurses and midwives ensuring that they are taking care of themselves – to allow them to carry out their roles to the best that they can.

“I would encourage as many as possible to join in the celebration event on 11 May – either in person at Ninewells, or remotely from one of the sites across the region. I look forward to hopefully getting out and meeting some of the hard working nurses and midwives during the course of the year to discover more about the important role you play in delivering NHS services.”

The celebration event, which takes place in the Gannochy Lecture Theatre at Ninewells on 11 May, will provide an opportunity to share success and good practice.

It will recognise and celebrate the committed, skilled and inspirational nurses and midwives who offer and deliver care in community and hospital locations to the population of Tayside.

The theme of ‘person-centeredness’ will underpin the event which is an opportunity to consider how we care for one another as well as those we care for.

Associate Nurse Director Sarah Dickie will be sharing her thoughts and reflections on how we will offer The Nightingale Challenge during the event.

A networking lunch will be provided from noon on the promenade area (in the Medical School) providing the opportunity to meet exhibitors from Healthy Working Lives, Spiritual Care, Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing and many others.  The main programme will then begin at 1pm.

Staff are invited to register at Eventbrite for this afternoon of celebration to learn about the experiences of those both delivering and experiencing care.

Further information will be shared in LowDown through Twitter @ANMACNHSTayside.

The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 is an international celebration of the world’s 22 million nurses and two million midwives who make up half of the global workforce and are accountable and responsible for providing care.

Across the world nurses and midwives diagnose illnesses, prescribe life saving drugs, administer vaccines and provide expert care throughout the life continuum.