The Corner celebrates LGBT History Month

MAIN The Corner celebrates LGBT History MonthThe Corner has launched a new campaign as part of LGBT History Month.

The ‘History, Her Story, Our Story, Your Story’ campaign will see the rainbow flag used to highlight difference aspects of the LGBT movement and promote a message of tolerance, respect and inclusiveness amongst all young people, not just those who may identify as LGBT.

Messages will be shared through the service’s drop-in, outreach workshops, social media sites and school-based sessions using interactive activities, resources and literature.

The finale of the campaign will see staff from The Corner take part in Purple Friday on 23 February, with an information stall at Ninewells and a purple theme to the city centre drop-in service. Purple Friday is a day for people across Scotland to show support for LGBT people and stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

The new campaign follows on from The Corner Culture of Kindness project launched during national Anti-Bullying Week in November which aimed to address issues young people face around bullying and promote anti-bullying messages.

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The Corner offers a wide range of health, information and peer led services to young people aged between 11-19, through its city centre drop-in, outreach work, peer led services and social media. The drop-in provides a safe, welcoming environment where young people can talk confidentially about various issues. The Corner also provides health and emotional wellbeing support and a range of sexual health services to young people.

For more information or to request the The Corner outreach services please contact Caroline Millar on cmillar3@nhs.net or call 01382 206060.

New Public Involvement Staffnet page

The Public Involvement Team has a new Staffnet page

The Public Involvement Team has revamped their Staffnet page. If you want to know more about involving people in service changes; find out how and when to engage with public partners and to increase your awareness of the Community Innovation Fund, you will find a wealth of information and advice and guidance to support you.

The page also has a helpful ‘who’s who’ contact section to help direct any enquiries you might have.

Visit the page by clicking here

 

 

Integrated Substance Misuse Service

A new team has been created to support an integrated approach to Alcohol and Drugs Misuse in Dundee.

To support an integrated approach to Alcohol and Drugs Misuse in Dundee, Tayside Substance Misuse Service (TSMS, DPC and TAPS) and Drug, Alcohol and Blood borne Virus Social Work Service have now integrated.

As a result of this, a new name has been identified following staff and service user consultation.  With immediate effect the new service name is Integrated Substance Misuse Service (ISMS).

The contact number for the Integrated Substance Misuse Service for Dundee is 01382 632542.​

 

Last chance to register for Scottish Quality and Safety Fellowship information sessions

The closing date for NHS Tayside’s Scottish Quality and Safety Fellowship Programme is 12pm on Friday, 23 February.

Over 10 successful years the Scottish Quality & Safety Fellowship has developed more than 220 Fellows, enhancing their individual capacity for leadership in patient safety and quality improvement.

The Fellowship has been developed in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and NHS Scotland Boards. The Fellowship is a 10-month programme of distance learning, coaching and focused residential seminars covering:

  • improvement theory, methods and tools
  • project management
  • understanding problems with patient flow
  • human factors in safety
  • measurement for improvement
  • reliability, systems and design for safety
  • working with people, motivation and team building, and leadership for change
  • person-centred care

The Fellowship is built around a series of residential courses, and other educational and networking events. All Fellows will undertake an improvement project throughout their participation on the programme, and are expected to work on this as part of their day job.

The Fellowship is open to healthcare staff who currently undertake clinical practice and have a direct influence on improving the delivery of safe patient care, as well as staff in clinical professions who do not currently deliver hands-on care but do have a role in improving patient care or safety.

2 Scottish places are being offered to participants for the Vale of Leven Improving Care Legacy, announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in November 2016. Applicants will be asked to indicate if they wish to be considered for one of these places. Once accepted onto the Fellowship programme, the 2 Vale of Leven Care Legacy places will be selected by representatives of the Chief Nursing Officer.

Participants will need the full support of NHS Tayside and explicit sponsorship from their Line Manager, Patient Safety/Quality Lead, Executive Clinical Lead and Chief Executive.

If you are interested in the Scottish Quality and Safety Fellowship, and would have the full support from your line manager, we would like to invite you to apply. The NHS Tayside Improvement Faculty can provide advice and guidance with your application.

In order to meet the national closing date all applications must be submitted to the Improvement Academy by e-mail to improvementacademy.tayside@nhs.net by 1200hrs on Friday 23rd February.

We will then provide constructive feedback to maximise your opportunity for a successful application and coordinate the required executive statements and signatures.

Please click here for an application and further information

Families find Fun Fit fantastic!

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l-r Anna and Martyna Lewandowska, POST Team Lead Sheila Wilson, Lewis Phillips and Pamela Thompson

Two Dundee families are encouraging others to take part in a free Fun Fit programme run by the Paediatric Overweight Service Tayside (POST) which has helped them make healthy lifestyle changes.

Fun Fit Dundee is a programme aimed at families with children aged between 8 and 13 years who need support managing their weight. The group offers free sessions in a friendly and interactive environment, to help and motivate families to make healthy lifestyle changes.

The 10-week programme includes a family session covering varying topics including food labelling, portion sizes, energy balance, positive parenting and general nutrition.

The session also includes a fun physical activity and games session for the children while parents have the opportunity to build a support network and work on the challenges they face as a family.

Anna Lewandowska and her nine-year-old daughter Martyna took part in the Fun Fit programme along with Lewis Phillips (10) and his gran, Pamela Thompson. The sessions were run by NHS Tayside POST Team Lead Sheila Wilson and her colleagues along with coaches from Leisure and Culture Dundee.

Both Anna and Pamela are recommending the Fun Fit Programme to other families who might have concerns about their child’s weight.

Anna said, “I’m so glad we came along to Fun Fit. It’s a great idea to meet other families who are experiencing similar issues. Sheila gave us lots of really helpful advice and the parent sessions allowed us all to share ideas about what worked and what didn’t. Martyna also enjoyed it and has made new friends.”

Talking about the programme, Pamela said, “Lewis’ mum and I were a bit concerned about his weight so when I saw the Fun Fit sessions advertised we decided to get involved.  Lewis and I both really enjoyed the classes and having the time to chat about shared challenges was a big help.”

Both families found that learning about healthy eating, meal planning, food labelling and portion size has made a big impact on how they do their food shopping and the meals they prepare.

Anna said, “When we go shopping, Martyna and I look at food labels now and make more healthy choices. Martyna is now choosing fruit and vegetables that she wouldn’t try before, which is great.”

Ten-year-old Lewis said, “I have learnt not to eat as much unhealthy food. I am eating more fruit and have made my portion size smaller. I am also doing more exercise like ice skating and going out on my bike and spending less time on my computer.”

As well as learning about healthy eating, the sessions also encourage families to include more fun physical activity in their lifestyles along with limiting screen time for children. Both Lewis and Martyna are now getting more exercise with their families by going out for walks, going to zumba classes and swimming.

Pamela said, “We have noticed that since attending Fun Fit Lewis is more confident. He has really enjoyed the fun activities at the sessions and has made new friends. I would definitely encourage other families to come along.”

The next Fun Fit programme starts this month at Dundee International Sports Centre. A parent or carer must accompany children at every session and children can bring a friend or sibling.

To book a place on the Fun Fit Dundee groups, or if you have any concerns about your child’s weight you can contact POST in confidence on 01738 473784 or email post.tayside@nhs.net.

Health and Wellbeing Business Event held in Dundee

MAIN Health and Wellbeing Business Event held in Dundee

NHS Tayside’s Healthy Working Lives Workplace team hosted a health and wellbeing business event in The Circle in Dundee aimed at people working in charities and social enterprises across Tayside.

The event aimed to highlight the range of free workplace support available from NHS Tayside, the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives and other local agencies to both employers and employees in local small to medium sized enterprises.

A variety of information and support was available on the day with the aim of supporting individual workers and self-employed people in adopting healthier lifestyles. There was also help on hand to answer any health, safety or wellbeing concerns and signposting to free services that can provide further information or assistance.

Information stalls, lifestyle health checks, mini physiotherapy sessions, and energy and financial advice were on offer and attendees had the chance to try out the Sense Scotland exercise bike which produces pedal-powered smoothies.

Health improvement adviser Sylvia Mudie said “Events such as these are helpful in bringing a range of information and support directly to workers close to their workplace to highlight the importance of health, safety and wellbeing at work.”

Healthy Working Lives provides free tailored support, advice and training.  The NHS Tayside Workplace Team engages with local workplaces to achieve improved health, safety and wellbeing. This helps increase productivity, reduce sickness absence and employee turnover and promote a safer, healthier workplace.

The event was supported by The Circle, Dundee City Council, Discovery Credit Union, PAM OH Solutions, Sense Scotland, Working Health Services, Scottish Association for Sleep Apnoea and Home Energy Scotland.