In line with the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), over the next year NHS Tayside will implement new descriptors for managing dysphagia with support from speech & language therapy and nutrition & dietetic services.
IDDSI is a method of standardising the terminology used for diets for people with swallowing difficulties in order to improve patient safety. As part of this, there will be a move to a single product for thickening fluids – Nutilis Clear.
Ward based training has been arranged for the switch to the new product. All relevant staff are encouraged to attend these sessions.
The new Tayside Endoscopy website is now live on Staffnet.
The site will help staff to understand the purpose of Tayside Endoscopy Service along with preparation guidance, patient information booklets, the referral process and relevant protocols.
Click here to view the page or follow the path Staffnet Home | Our Websites | Endoscopy Service.
The patient website has also been updated with new information and can be accessed at nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk | Our Services | Endoscopy or by clicking here
The Endoscopy service provides endoscopic procedures for people across Tayside and North East Fife at Ninewells Hospital, Perth Royal Infirmary and Stracathro Hospital (cystoscopy only).
The service performs a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures such as gastroscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, radio frequency ablation, ERCP, bronchoscopy/endoscopic bronchial ultrasound, thoracoscopy, urology, PEG, endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic mucosal resection.
These are carried out by endoscopists, bronchoscopists and urologists and can be medical doctors, surgeons, associate physicians or specialised nurses. They are all part of the Tayside Endoscopy Team.
A multi professional team from NHS Tayside attended the Scottish Government’s National 6 Essential Actions ‘Big Brag’ event in Edinburgh to showcase improvements in how patients access health and social care services in a timely way.
The 6 Essential Actions have been set out as part of a programme to improve unscheduled care across Scotland. The ‘Big Brag’ event, which was attended by over 300 health and social care delegates, gave staff the opportunity to share the impact of the programme so far.
A team from Tayside manned three tables at the event, presenting their local improvement work, exchanging ideas and knowledge with other delegates and championing their local passion for improvement.
The three Tayside tables covered Driving Daily Dynamic Discharge (DDD) in PRI Medicine, Ward 19 in Ninewells Hospital and the Integrated Discharge Hub in Dundee.
Senior charge nurse Billy Gibson, Medicine for the Elderly consultant Dr Dirk Habicht, improvement advisor Stuart McAllan and service improvement lead Paul Arbuckle also presented a masterclass on NHS Tayside’s approaches to designing and implementing systematic improvement processes.
NHS Tayside is encouraging families to share photos of their children’s smiles and toothbrushes as part of National Smile Month (14 May – 14 June).
National Smile month, which is run by oral health charity the Oral Health Foundation, aims to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health by raising awareness of important health issues.
NHS Tayside’s Oral Health Improvement Team hopes the annual awareness month will encourage families across Tayside to register babies and young children with their local dentist.
To raise awareness, the team are inviting people to share photos of their children’s grins on their NHS Tayside Oral Health Improvement Team Facebook page throughout the month. You can visit the page at www.facebook.com/oralhealthtayside
NHS Tayside Principal Coordinator (National Dental Strategies) Donna Kirk said, “Health visitors provide oral health messages to children along with a toothbrush, toothpaste and free flow cup at around four-months-old and parents are advised to register their children at the dentist.
“Taking your child to the dental practice as early as possible helps them to get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice and it will give parents access to information, advice and support to look after their child’s teeth.
“At the dental practice, you will be given advice and support from the dental team, who will show you how you can help your child keep healthy teeth and stop them suffering tooth decay in the future.
“There are many parents with dental anxiety. Taking their children to a check up and prevention appointment helps them to see their children enjoy toothbrushing and a chat.”
The children of some of the NHS Tayside’s Oral Health Improvement Team members show off their smiles for National Smile Month
Staff can now sign up to the cycle2work scheme until 16 July 2018.
Join cycle2work and you can:
Get regular exercise to keep fit and healthy
Save money on bus, train and fuel costs
Reduce your carbon footprint
Get fit and healthy cycling to work
Cycling is an easy and low impact activity which can significantly improve individual fitness. As well as improving physical health, cycling has a positive effect on emotional health, improving levels of wellbeing, self confidence and tolerance to stress while reducing tiredness and difficulties with sleep.
By joining cycle2work you can save on the cost of a bike and accessories to enable you to:
Improve your health and fitness levels
Improve your circulation
Minimise stress levels
Save money previously spent in the gym
There is a wide range of bikes available from a number of retailers. Select a new bike and accessories up to the value of £1000 and save 32%.
Click here for more information or call 01908 303498
As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, the Clinical Research Centre at Ninewells is hosting an open day on International Clinical Trials Day on Monday 21 May.
The open day will provide an opportunity for the public, patients, staff and students to come along and see how the CRC is striving for better treatments and improved healthcare for patients in Tayside, Scotland and beyond.
The annual Digital Health and Social Care Learning Network Day, organised by The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare, NHS24 and the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) team, will be held on 24 May in the University of Dundee’s Dalhousie Building.
Come along and find out more about digitally enabled health and care services in Scotland. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for event suppliers and sector organisations to meet and build relationships with the diverse group of attendees. To find out about the competitive exhibition packages available please visit the conference website.
Margaret Whoriskey, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation at Scottish Government, will open the day, setting out TEC strategic priorities and delivery plan areas.
By popular demand there will be five-minute snapshot presentations from Learning Network members and the programme will also feature a range of workshops on topics of interest to those working on digitally enabled health and care services. The final programme will be available on the booking website shortly. Please register now so you don’t miss the chance to attend.
250 delegates attended the 2017 Learning Network Day from health, local authorities, social and independent care, housing, the voluntary sector, research, policy, technology and academia.