NHS Tayside supports Earth Hour 2019

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NHS Tayside is supporting Earth Hour 2019 as part of its Care to Save campaign.

WWF’s Earth Hour is an event that focuses the world’s attention on our planet and what we can do to protect it.

On Saturday, 30 March 2019 between 8.30 and 9.30pm, iconic landmarks will join schools, organisations and individuals all across Scotland in a joint demonstration for action on climate change.

Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work – in your own way. A simple way to join in is by turning off all non-essential lights during the Earth Hour period.

Supporting Earth Hour is part of NHS Tayside’s Care to Save campaign, which centres on four key green themes- energy, transport, recycling and sustainability.

Property Environmental and Quality Manager Philip Wilde said, “NHS Tayside is an organisation fully committed to reducing its carbon footprint, improving sustainability and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. Earth Hour gives us an opportunity to raise awareness on the environmental issues facing the planet.

“People can make simple changes to their daily routines to make a real difference.”

NHS Tayside is committed to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment and actively seeks the co-operation of its employees in achieving this goal. For example the Ninewells Energy Centre has seen a CO2 saving of 12,718 tonnes per annum.

It is easy for staff to make small changes to reduce your carbon footprint.

Energy: Switch off appliances when not in use. See Vital Signs issue 824 for more information.

Waste: Recycling paper, cardboard, plastics, cans, batteries and by reusing items such as plastic bags. Only print if necessary and if you have to, only print in black and white and double-sided. See Vital Signs issue 888 for more information.

Travel: Travelling by public transport, car sharing, cycling or walking. See Vital Signs issue 864 for more information. For more information on WWF’s Earth Hour visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour.



Dundee HSCP communications survey

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The Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership and Integration Joint Board Communication Survey is now open.

We want to improve the way we communicate and share information with Dundee Health and Social Care and the Integration Joint Board staff and volunteers. To help us please complete this short survey.

There are only eight questions in the survey and responses are anonymous.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey and your input will help shape the way we communicate in the future.

Please note that the survey closes on Friday, 26th April.

National ‘Let’s Talk Clots’ educational programme

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Thrombosis UK education and awareness event is taking place on Monday, 13 May in Stirling as part of National ‘Let’s Talk Clots’ educational programme.

NHS Scotland medical leads Dr Julia Anderson and Dr Catherine Bagot are holding a CPD accredited and endorsed ‘All Scotland National Thrombosis Conference’ open to healthcare and allied professional staff.

Click here for more information and how to register.

Musical Journeys with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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Participants with visual impairments enjoyed a musical journey as they celebrated the finale of a programme with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

The finale event marked the end of a Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) creative engagement project for visually impaired participants from Dundee and the surrounding area.

Over the past eight weeks, participants worked with three musicians from the RSNO and were introduced to a wide range of musical instruments. The sessions were led by Helen Brew, RSNO Associate Principal Flute, and Lorna Rough and Ursula Heidecker Allen, RSNO Violin.

The finale event was held at the Dundee Blind & Partially Sighted Society (DBPSS) headquarters in Dundee.

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Project Leader, Helen Brew said, “Throughout the programme, the group explored rhythmic and vocal ideas, learned to play various percussion instruments and explore the sounds they make both individually and collectively. We’ve discovered many talents throughout the project, both new and revisited.

“It became clear that the group were strong vocally and we explored singing and creative vocal music. They have learned to connect with one another and work as a musical team. Most importantly each week has brought something new and we have had a lot of fun!”

Samantha Wright, Head of RSNO Learning and Engagement, said, “The musicians have taken the group through a number of planned musical forms including a samba session with RSNO percussionist John Poulter.  What’s exciting for us is working to allow people with varied musical knowledge to engage and contribute to group music making.  It has been particularly rewarding for us to see how motivated participants were to regain and learn new skills in a supportive environment.

“Music can have an incredible impact on health and wellbeing and so it’s fantastic to work with Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust to bring these projects to people across Tayside.”

Chris Kelly, THAT project co-ordinator, said, “Partnering up with Scotland’s national orchestra has given our participants access to an elite level of musicianship and opened a new perspective on music and the thrill of playing together.

“We are all learning so much from the partnership that we hope to be able to develop further work with the visually impaired in the future.”

The RSNO programme is one of a range of art programmes for people with long-term conditions currently being delivered by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust, which promotes creative engagement with the arts to enhance participant’s health and well being.

For further information please contact Chris Kelly on 01382 835507 or email ckelly3@nhs.net

Celebration of printmaking at DCA spring school

MAIN - Celebration of printmaking at DCA spring school 1.jpgA display of unique prints created by people from across Tayside with long-term health conditions was celebrated at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).

The unusual collection of prints was created by participants of the ST/ART@DCA spring school programmes, part of Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust’s (THAT) well established partnership with the DCA Learning Programme.

Participants living with a long-term condition, such as stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, have attended spring school programmes in February and March.

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DCA learning staff, print studio tutors, and THAT volunteer artists worked closely with 12 participants during two different spring school programmes. One programme explored photo-etching and the other programme focused on photo-screen printing.

The celebration reception in the Create Space at DCA marks the conclusion of the spring programme and the selection of the art work by the participants will be on display there until Tuesday, 19 March.

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Some of the participants’ comments included:

  • “Brilliant programme. Great support from the artists, very creative and supportive.”
  • “It has been a good mix in the group. Laughter and chat has benefitted everyone.”
  • “I feel happier, tired in a good way, confident, really enjoyed learning something new.”

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THAT project coordinator Chris Kelly said, “This celebration is a fantastic showcase for the spring schools and an acknowledgement of every participant’s achievements and the high quality work that they have produced.

“These events in DCA are key to recognising the achievements of participants and encouraging them to share that experience with other people.”

Scott Hudson, DCA learning coordinator, said, “The ST/ART@DCA project partnership is an important ongoing strand of our programming and each celebration is keenly anticipated here at DCA.

“Being able to work in the Print Studio for these classes allows participants to get a real flavour of how a professional print studio works and lets them see that there are opportunities for them to take things further if they wish to.

“It is great to be able to coincide this celebration with our DCA 20 years anniversary weekend.  We are always aiming to bring people into DCA who may otherwise think that this kind of activity is beyond their abilities and this is a very strong example of partnership working in the community.”

ST/ART is an arts project primarily for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside, which is run by THAT in association with NHS Tayside.

DCA Learning Programme has support from RJ Larg Family Trust and the Leng Charitable Trust.

NHS Tayside restaurants celebrate ten years of excellence

Food@5 and the restaurant in Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar celebrated ten years of holding the Healthy Living award for ensuring that at least 70% of the food on offer is a healthy option.

The Healthy Living Award Plus is a higher level of award and recognises an organisation’s commitment to provide and support healthy eating. NHS Tayside is committed to providing healthy food to patients, staff and visitors.

Staff from the restaurants attended the event in Glasgow which was hosted by chef Gary MacLean, 2016 winner of the TV show, ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’.

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Jackie Marshall (assistant head chef, WHCCC)  Katherine Hardie (supervisor WHCCC) Gary MacLean, Padraig Cooper, NHS Tayside Assistant Retail Manager, Fiona Murray, Supervisor (food@5, Ninewells)

David Bayne, Retail Catering Services Manager said, “I am delighted that both food@5 and Whitehills restaurants have been recognised for achieving the Healthy Living Award and Plus Award for 10 years.

“It has been established that there is a link between diet and poor health and caterers have an increasing influence as to what people eat. Working in the health sector gives us the opportunity to set an example by providing and promoting healthy food choices.

“Being recognised for the 10 year award will attract additional customers who would like to try the wide variety of healthy choices which is now available.

“Working within an award-winning restaurant boasts staff morale while they also benefit from the learning experience and training. While we recognise we still have work to do in this area, catering services are extremely proud of the staff and would like to thank them for their dedication and support in achieving this award. On behalf of the management and staff, I would like to thank our customers and health professionals for their continued support and assistance in achieving these awards.”