Clinical psychology course

SIDE Child and family work course for clinical psychologists

Lancaster University’s Clinical Psychology Education Team is trialling its ‘Child and Family Work for Aspiring Clinical Psychologists’ course in Glasgow this summer.

This course would suit any health worker with an interest in finding out more about working with children, young people and families, and looking to develop their confidence and skills in engaging this client group.

The course aims to:

  • Develop your skills for working with children, young people and their families
  • Learn about specific issues in working with this population
  • Gain an overview of the NHS Child and Adolescent services
  • Increase your confidence ready for the next part of your career in Clinical Psychology
  • Discuss, reflect and apply psychological ideas and skills

The course will take place on 15 June at The Event Space, Sense Scotland in Glasgow.

To book your place visit


Out and about with the Chief Executive

Chief Executive Malcolm Wright has visited services in Angus, Dundee and Perth as he becomes acquainted with how things work in NHS Tayside.

In the last week, Malcolm has continued to meet staff and, following a bumper night for staff at Perth Royal Infirmary at the STAR Awards, visited the Emergency Department, ward 4 and chatted to clerical staff.

He followed that with a visit to the Emergency Department in Ninewells where he heard about how the team works from consultant Andrew Reddick.

The Chief Executive and the Chairman, John Brown, will continue visiting sites, services and wards across Tayside so please let us know on if you would like to arrange a visit.

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Emergency Department in PRI
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Meeting Heads of Nursing at PRI
Hearing about ED in Ninewells
Seeing the facilities in ED at Ninewells

Singapore visitors hear how technology is improving healthcare in Tayside

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The delegates from KhooTech Puat Hospital in Singapore during their visit to Tayside with Sally Wilson, Jimmy Black and Angus HSCP project manager Shona Burge

Five delegates from KhooTech Puat Hospital in Singapore visited Dundee to find out how various aspects of technology enabled care are being used in Tayside.

The visitors heard about technology enabled care services including Florence, a text messaging service, My Diabetes, My Way, an electronic database for people living with diabetes, Attend Anywhere and Video Active.

Dr Ang Yan Hoon, senior consultant geriatric medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, said, “Thank you for the wonderful meeting with the Tayside team and learning about the diabetes networks, Attend Anywhere, Florence and Video Active. It really helps us to understand what technology can do to help patients. We’re looking forward to implementing these telehealth initiatives back home in Singapore.”

In 2016, Angus Health and Social Care Partnership was awarded funding from the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care Fund to test the introduction of Florence, a text messaging service to help people self-manage their long-term condition, reducing surgery visits and hospital admissions.

Explaining how Florence works, locality improvement manager in Angus Sally Wilson said, “Patients with a range of conditions are sent regular texts asking them for information, for example blood pressure or weight. Patients then test themselves and send in the results.

“All their readings are collated on a web interface which can be viewed by clinicians, but it feels just like sending a text message to a friend. Crucially, if their readings fall outwith certain parameters, a text will be sent back to the patient advising them that, for example, their blood pressure is a bit high and what to do next.”

NHS Tayside eHealth technical consultant Scott Cunningham gave the visitors a demonstration of SCI-Diabetes and My Diabetes My Way, both developed in Dundee.

My Diabetes My Way is an online self-management portal for people with diabetes in Scotland, allowing online records access for everyone diagnosed across the nation. Currently, over 35,000 patients have registered to use the service, with over 18,000 having logged in to access their data.

SCI-Diabetes is the shared electronic database for diabetes in Scotland, used by all members of the healthcare team to effectively manage patients as they move through their routine clinical care. There are now 300,000 people with diabetes in Scotland and this population-based resource is the only available across a whole nation worldwide.

Jimmy Black from Dundee Voluntary Action also showed the visitors Attend Anywhere, a web-based platform that helps healthcare providers offer video call access to their services and Video Active which enables people, for example in care homes, to take part in seated physical activity remotely.


The Antimicrobial Management Team is on Twitter!

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You can now follow the NHS Tayside Antimicrobial Management Team (AMT) on Twitter @TaysideAMT

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing concern for both healthcare delivery and the wider public health agenda.

Without antibiotics, the ability to manage infection becomes extremely difficult and some surgical interventions and cancer therapies may also become compromised in the future if we lose this vital resource.

NHS Tayside Antimicrobial Team strives to keep antibiotics working by engaging the multi professional workforce in antimicrobial stewardship that is relevant to their roles and responsibilities.

Through the use of Twitter the team aims to inform followers of local, national and international developments in antimicrobial stewardship and the wider antimicrobial resistance agenda.


Hydration for the Nation

Earlier this month, the Scottish Urinary Tract Infection Network’s national hydration campaign was launched with posters appearing in local community pharmacies across Scotland over the next two months.

The aim of the hydration campaign is to raise awareness of the wide and varied benefits of being well hydrated. The campaign’s target audiences are the general public across Scotland, particularly vulnerable groups such as the elderly, as well as staff across the health and social care and home care sector.

The campaign aims to ensure everyone is aware of the signs of poor hydration and the potential consequences. The problems associated with dehydration are still poorly recognised by not only the public but also those working in community and health care settings.

Dehydration can be both the cause and the consequence of illness and can have significant impacts on an individual’s health.

The key campaign messages are:

  • Good hydration is important for all age groups and is something for everyone to consider.
  • The affects of dehydration may result in unnecessary treatment e.g. of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and unnecessary admission to healthcare e.g. following falls resulting in fractures.
  • Secondary E coli bloodstream infections caused by UTIs are potentially life threatening, particularly in older people.

Information resources have been developed to support the hydration campaign and will be distributed to the public and within health and social care.

Marketing materials and information can be found via this link

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