Help us support the NHS Big Tea!

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NHS Tayside staff are encouraged to support the NHS Big Tea and help raise funds for patients.

The NHS Big Tea is a fundraising and awareness campaign which celebrates the NHS birthday on 5 July and recognises the vital work of NHS charities in supporting our health service.

The campaign was established by NHS Charities Together in 2018 to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, with more than 4,000 parties taking place across the UK.

The campaign aims to encourage people in hospitals, in homes and in local communities across the country to come together with friends, family and colleagues to host a tea party and ‘raise a cuppa’ to the NHS.

It is a fantastic opportunity for staff in wards, departments and the community to get together and boost funds to improve facilities and benefit patients right across Tayside.

For more information and how you can get involved visit the NHS Charities Together website.

There are lots of useful tips and advice as well as promotional materials and recipes for the Big Tea so that your treats are not only delicious but healthy too.

So why not get involved, have some fun and raise money for patients?

If you are planning an event you must first register using a fundraising registration form which is available on Staffnet under Hot Links | Fundraising & Donations | Tayside Health Fund.

Staff Wellbeing on Staffnet

The new Working With Us Staffnet site has a section which focuses on staff wellbeing.

The wellbeing of staff and ensuring that the work environment is safe and healthy is vitally important to NHS Tayside.  However, there may be times when staff require support for work-related or personal, physical or mental health concerns.

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In the staff wellbeing section you can access a range of self-help guides, information and advice on common issues which have the potential to impact on staff wellbeing along with information and links to:

  • Occupational Health
  • The Wellbeing Centre
  • promoting wellbeing
  • physical and mental wellbeing
  • support for staff who are carers
  • addiction/dependency support
  • financial advice

The next issue of Low Down will focus on pay, terms and conditions.

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.

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New head of spiritual care appointed

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Alan Gibbon has been appointed as the head of spiritual care for NHS Tayside.

Alan may be known to many as he has been a familiar face across Tayside since 2010 when he first joined the spiritual care department as a part-time chaplain for Blairgowrie.  In 2012 Alan moved to hospice chaplaincy, working with CHAS at Rachel House, before returning to Tayside in June 2013 as community chaplain for Dundee.  In 2016 Alan was appointed to a senior chaplain role.

In addition to his Tayside role, Alan is the national strategic lead for Community Chaplaincy Listening (CCL) for NHS Education Scotland and lecturer in chaplaincy and spiritual care at Glasgow University.

Alan said, “I feel very privileged to be asked to lead the department as we move forward.  We have a strong team here in Tayside providing support across all care settings.  The work that we do through the staff wellbeing service and the ‘Do You Need to Talk’ listening service is well respected throughout Tayside and we are at the forefront of healthcare chaplaincy developments.  I hope that as a team we can continue to build on these successes as we plan for the future.”

Welcoming Alan into his new role, Director of Allied Health Professions Karen Anderson said, “The services offered by the spiritual care team in Tayside is highly regarded and pivotal in the support we have available for staff and people in our care.  I believe that, through Alan’s leadership, compassionate and person-centred care will be a keystone of our approaches as we take forward transformation of services in Tayside.”

NHS Tayside introduces new healthy eating initiative

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NHS Tayside’s Retail Catering Service is encouraging visitors and staff to make healthier choices when eating in our food outlets.

The new initiative is introducing more fruit and vegetable options and a new price model which will reduce the cost of single portions of fruit and vegetables. The new pricing model came into effect on Monday, 3 June, in all NHS Tayside food outlets.

NHS Tayside Retail Catering Service Manager David Bayne said, “We believe caterers have an increasing influence on what people eat. Working in the health sector gives us the opportunity to set an example by providing and promoting healthy food choices.

“There are significant health benefits to eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, and we hope these changes can encourage and inspire people to eat better.”

The changes include:

  • A price reduction for single pieces of fruit
  • A three piece fruit bag offer
  • All vegetables reduced in price
  • Vegetables and rice where applicable are included in the price of the main meal
  • A 2.5% increase on other food items as recommended by the National Retail Expert Group (NREG) in February 2019

Head of Catering Caroline McKenzie said, “The Catering Service has recently engaged with customers all across Tayside about our service, how to make it fit for the future and what it should offer.

“Our customers are asking for greater variations and more healthy options. One of the things customers asked for was salad bars. We are currently working on introducing a salad bar at our largest facility, the Level 5 restaurant at Ninewells Hospital, in the first instance. The salad bar will include a range of healthy options including vegetarian and vegan options.”

Director of Public Health Dr Drew Walker said, “These initiatives will undoubtedly help promote the health of everyone who uses our Retail Catering Services. Hopefully it will also attract others to use these services and take advantage of this excellent development.”

Click here to read the Catering newsletter Issue 5

Mental Health and Learning Disability development days

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A two-day development session for mental health and learning disability charge nurses was held at Carseview last week.

NHS Tayside has doubled the number of charge nurses working across mental health and learning disability wards.  This event was the first time they have all come together to receive training and development specific to their role.

The charge nurses were joined on the second day for an informal meeting with Nurse Director Gillian Costello.

Some of the evaluation feedback received from the charge nurses included:

“This has been very beneficial for me, really enjoyed the two days and feel more confident than I did.”

“Feel valued, listened to and invested in. Excited and motivated for the future.”

“Feel part of an important group of practitioners. Safe and secure setting for sharing thoughts, ideas and views.”

Associate Nurse Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Keith Russell said, “This increase in the number of charge nurses represents a major development for nursing leadership within our inpatient wards and I was hugely impressed by the enthusiasm, drive and commitment of all who attended the event.  I am confident they will make a significant impact both as individuals and as a collective group.”

TASC Clinical Research Fellowships

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Applications for the TASC Clinical Research Fellowships 2019 are now open.

The aim of the fellowship is to promote and support translational research within NHS Tayside by enabling clinicians to develop an independent research portfolio.

This fellowship offers funding for up to two sessions (one day/week) for up to two years.  Continuation of R&D support following the fellowship will depend on successful research outputs achieved during the Fellowship period.

The aim of the Fellowship is to strengthen the research culture within NHS Tayside and increase capacity in areas that are either aligned to research excellence locally or nationally.

Click here for more information and to apply for the Fellowship