Quit Your Way on No Smoking Day


NHS Tayside is supporting next week’s No Smoking Day on Wednesday, 14 March 2018.

NHS Tayside Quit Your Way services are encouraging people to stub out the habit using the support available in Tayside.

Giving up smoking is the single most important lifestyle decision that anyone can make to improve their health immediately. Anyone who wants to stop smoking can visit any local community pharmacy or call the Quit Your Way service locally on 0845 600 999 6 to find out about all the ways NHS Tayside can help support people to become smoke free.

NHS Tayside’s hospital grounds are now all smoke free and community pharmacies provide smoking cessation information and support that is available to NHS staff, patients and members of the public, including the availability of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Help is also in place for patients that smoke to help them remain smoke-free while in hospital.

NHS Tayside’s smoking policy now allows the use of e-cigarettes on NHS Tayside grounds but they remain prohibited in buildings and enclosed spaces.

Later this year, the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc And Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 will make it illegal to smoke within 15 metres of a hospital building. Anyone breaking this law will be liable to receive a fixed penalty notice which can be issued by enforcement officers employed by the local authority. Guidance about the new law will be issued by the Scottish Government, including the responsibilities of NHS and local authorities and how they will work in partnership to enforce it.

NHS Tayside Travel Survey


Take part in a short survey to be in with a chance of winning shopping vouchers.

We would like to assess how staff travel to work across NHS Tayside to see how we can further support active travel such as walking, cycling, running or taking the bus.

Active travel is shown to have health benefits in managing weight, keeping you physically active as well as being cost effective for individuals.

Please help by taking part in a short Travel Survey. There is a prize draw for those taking part (funded by TACTRAN) and you could win one of six £20 shopping vouchers.

The closing date is 31 March, 2018.

For a paper copy or further information, please contact Syliva Mudie on sylvia.mudie@nhs.net or 01382 424135 ext 71135

NHS Tayside supports The Daily Mile

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We all know that exercise is good for us but not everyone wants or has time to go to the gym, go out running or get on a bike. This is where The Daily Mile can really help. It is quick, simple and free to make The Daily Mile part of your day.

The Daily Mile started as a simple and successful initiative to address the lack of physical activity in schoolchildren and now NHS Tayside has taken up the Scottish Government’s invitation for workplaces to get involved.

Build it into your daily routine:

  • walk to work
  • park further away or get off the bus a stop early
  • go for a lunchtime walk
  • take the stairs, not the lift
  • walk to see colleagues rather than email – or have a walking meeting

More information to help you get active can be found on the Healthy Working Lives Staffnet pages.

Children’s Memorial Service in Perth

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Parents and relatives who have lost a child are invited to attend a special service of thanksgiving and remembrance at The Salvation Army Centre in South Street, Perth.

The service on Thursday, 15 March will begin at 7.30pm and will include music, readings and the lighting of candles in memory of those who have died.

Refreshments will be served after the service.

The Children’s Memorial Service has been organised by NHS Tayside’s Department of Spiritual Care, with support from the stillbirth and neonatal death charity SANDS.

Healthcare chaplain Geoff Williams said, “The death of a child, whether before or after birth, is an experience which causes a great deal of emotional pain and distress for parents, grandparents, other family members and friends.

“The children’s memorial service is a valued opportunity for support and encouragement, where parents and others can remember their children in the safe and supportive company of others who have experienced similar losses.

“The event is open to everyone regardless of faith or belief and many parents who have lost a child return each year to remember their loved one at this special service.”

East of Scotland Research Ethics Service now recruiting

SIDE East of Scotland Research Ethics Service now recruiting.jpgAn exciting opportunity is available for people with an interest in healthcare research to join the East of Scotland Research Ethics Service at Ninewells.

EoSRES is a recognised UK NHS Research Ethics Committee based in the Tayside Medical Sciences Centre (TASC) at Ninewells Hospital.

The service is looking for people who are:

  • interested in healthcare research conducted within the UK
  • committed to protecting patients and the public
  • keen to work with other expert and lay members to deliver ethical opinions on healthcare research applications
  • willing to develop and apply their knowledge of good ethical practice in healthcare research

There will be ongoing training and development provided to support new members of the committee to help them fulfil their role.

For further information, please call REC manager Lorraine Reilly on 01382 383878 or email eosres.tayside@nhs.net for more information.


Excellence in Care launches at PRI

The latest launch event for the Excellence in Care (EIC) programme will be taking place on Friday, 9 March 2018 in the Parent Education Room, Community Midwifery Unit at PRI.

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It will follow the same format as previous launches with Nurse Director Gillian Costello opening the event at 1.30pm.

Here is the programme for the PRI event:

1.30-2pm: Welcome from Nurse Director which will include an overview of national programme and local activities

2-3.30pm: Drop-in for staff to browse story boards, ask questions and share feedback

Project Lead Audrey Fleming will also be available to chat to staff and answer any questions about the programme.

More about EIC

EIC is a national programme to equip NHS Boards, nurse leaders and service users with a mechanism for measuring and improving the impact of nursing and midwifery care.

In Tayside, EIC offers an opportunity for nurses and midwives to increase their understanding of the quality of the care they provide, celebrate good practice and highlight areas for improvement within their own sphere of influence.

The programme pulls together what nurses and midwives consider ‘business as usual’ and aspects of care that are important to them and patients, providing assurance to staff that the care they provide is safe, effective and person centred.

EIC also allows nurses and midwives to showcase and celebrate the excellent care they provide and demonstrate their unique role and impact within healthcare provision.

EIC will evidence the contribution of nurses and midwifes in achieving safe, effective, person centred care and will be a means for driving continuous quality improvement in NHS Scotland.

The EIC programme will be implemented in Tayside following the launch events with work continuing up until at least March 2019.

Self Directed Support learnPro

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A new learnPro module on Self Directed Support (SDS) has been launched for staff in NHS Tayside and the health and social care partnerships and local authorities.

It has been developed collaboratively by a Tayside-wide working group with representation from each organisation.  The module introduces SDS to ensure that all staff have a basic understanding, not only those involved in the assessment of care.

For staff in Angus Health & Social Care Partnership, the module is mandatory and should be completed within the next six months.  It will take no longer than 45 mins to complete and you will be sent a post course evaluation six weeks after completion.

For NHS Tayside staff the module should be completed if appropriate to your role, or if you are requested to do so by your line manager.

For NHS Tayside staff accessing learnPro the module can be found by following the path Staffnet Home | Learning and Training | e-Learning | learnPro.

Click on the link to access learnPro then click ‘login here’. If you do not have a login you will have to create an account.

For the module ‘NHS Tayside: Self Directed Support (SDS)’ click on Essential Learning category on the learnPro homepage. You may need to scroll down

the page to add this to your learnPro page.

If you have any queries in relation to this course please email learnproreviews.tayside@nhs.net