POST Team springs into action

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Winning dance teams from St Paul’s Academy
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Runners in the Angus Cross Country event

NHS Tayside spread the Fun Fit Tayside message to secondary school pupils in Dundee and Angus at the annual Active Schools Secondary Dance Festival and Angus Cross Country event.

Active Schools in Angus and Dundee organised these annual events, sponsored by the Paediatric Overweight Service Tayside (POST), to help promote the importance of physical activity. The POST team provided medals and trophies and presented them to the winners and runners up.

POST team lead Dr Laura Stewart said, “POST are really delighted to be supporting these events again this year. The pupils put in a great deal of effort as shown in the amazing, creative performances in the Dance Festival and it’s great to see young people having fun, getting involved in physical activity whilst enjoying a healthy lifestyle. It was a great evening had by all and the dancing ability was outstanding.”

St Paul’s Academy had a clean sweep through all the categories at the Dance Festival. This year there was a range of dance categories including contemporary, street and a new category of open, allowing for any form of dance to be showcased. The annual dance event is now in its seventh year with even more participants in the open category.

Joanne Rearie, Dundee Active Schools lead co-ordinator, added, “We are delighted to have POST on board with the Dundee Secondary Dance Festival, as while it promotes competitive school sport, it also allows a large number of our pupils, both male and female, to take part in a fun event and enjoy participating and taking on their own personal activity challenges as part of pursuing healthy lifestyles.

“Ultimately Active Schools aims to get more children more active more often and by encouraging pupils to attend events like this we can support and embed this motto.”

At the Angus Cross Country event, which took place at Monikie Country Park, runners from Angus secondary schools took part in races ranging from 2000 to 4000m.

Laura said, “It was a great day with lots of school support for the runners and for the teachers and Active Schools Co-ordinators who work hard to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.

“Well done to all those who took part in and helped organise both the Dundee Dance Festival and the Angus Cross Country event!”

The POST service promotes the Fun Fit Tayside 1, 2, 3 message of at least one hour of activity, no more than two hours of screen time and three healthy balanced meals a day.

POST is a specialist weight management which aims to support children and young people under 16 years old, as well as their families, to manage their weight and adopt healthier lifestyles.

Look out for the Fun Fit Dundee group starting soon which is a programme aimed at families with children aged between 8 and 13 years who need support with their weight. The group offers free sessions in a friendly and interactive environment to help and motivate families to succeed in making healthy lifestyle changes.

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


‘Time to Remember’ – Organ and Tissue Donation Memorial Service

Tayside Donation Committee is holding this year’s ‘Time to Remember’ memorial evening on Thursday, 10 May 2018 in the Chaplaincy Centre at the University of Dundee.

This evening acknowledges the selfless gift of those who have donated their organs and tissue to help others.

There is limited space at the Chaplaincy Centre so if you are planning to come along we would be grateful if you could email Lynne Malley, specialist nurse organ donation at

TayPEOLC MCN gets off to a flying start!

TGO3622 - Ninewells Palliative Care - A6 FlyerThe Tayside Palliative and End of Life Care (TayPEOLC) Managed Care Network has got off to a flying start since it was established in 2017.

Over 200 colleagues from across the Health and Social Care Partnerships in Tayside including representatives from the independent, voluntary organisations, patients and carers came together in October to celebrate the launch of the MCN.

There was huge anticipation and enthusiasm evident at the launch and since then the MCN has established a number of working groups focusing on key areas such as data collection and audit, education and training, end of life care and research.

The TayPEOLC MCN is keen to support and facilitate quality improvement and research in palliative and end of life care. A research project is underway led by the Glasgow School of Art and Dundee University – Future Transitions in Palliative Care: care across the lifespan for people with life limiting conditions – which the Cornhill Macmillan Centre and CHAS are participating in. There are also two Health Improvement Scotland quality improvement projects underway in Tayside which aim to improve identification and care coordination for patients with palliative care needs living at home and being cared for by primary healthcare teams and also those living with advanced dementia in care homes.

The MCN Data Collection and Audit Group is working with colleagues across the Health and Social Care Partnerships to consider data collection approaches which capture the quality of palliative and end of life care (PEOLC) across Tayside.  They are currently undertaking some interesting work to analyse the cohort of people who spend >5% and >10% of their last six months in hospital including unscheduled admissions.

The TayPEOLC MCN Research Group will meet for the first time on 18 May 2018, from 1-4.30pm in the Seminar Room, Palliative Education Centre at Roxburghe House in Dundee to bring active/interested people together to talk about PEOLC research.  The group aims to provide a community of practice that supports the undertaking of high quality PEOLC research and ensures research knowledge is translated into care settings to improve the quality of care of people with palliative and end of life care needs. If you are interested in attending this event please email

The MCN team would like to engage with wider network colleagues to help shape what the priorities for the TayPEOLC MCN over the next five years should be, which will help inform the overall MCN strategy. A TayPEOLC MCN network event is being held on 19 June from 2.15-5pm in the Improvement Academy at Ninewells Hospital.

Registration for this is now open here

New learnPro modules launched

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Two new modules – ‘Phototherapy and Photochemotherapy’ and ‘Emotional Health and Wellbeing’ – are now live on learnPro.

Phototherapy and Photochemotherapy

This e-learning module is an introduction to ultraviolet phototherapy and photochemotherapy for skin disease. It should be of interest to those administering such phototherapy (and, along with mentoring and supervised practise, forms the initial phototherapy course that all nurses starting dermatological phototherapy must do), those prescribing it (including dermatology doctors) and medical physicists and technologists involved with non-ionising radiation.

You can access learnPro here or on Staffnet under Learning and Training | e-Learning | learnPro | ‘Click here to access learnPro’

Click on the CPD category on the learnPro homepage and look for ‘NHS National Services Scotland: Phototherapy and Photochemotherapy’.

For further information about this module please contact lead clinician for phototherapies Robert Dawe on or for learnPro queries please email

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

As an employee of NHS Tayside, working directly or indirectly with children, you have an obligation to support children’s emotional health and wellbeing in practice.

It is recommended that all staff complete this module which will assist them to:

  • Have an understanding of emotional health and wellbeing in relation to children and young people
  • Have an understanding of what makes healthcare practitioners so significant in recognising and acting on emotional health and wellbeing
  • Be able to recognise changes in children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing
  • Be able to respond to these changes and know what to do next

You can access learnPro here or on Staffnet under Learning and Training | e-Learning | learnPro | ‘Click here to access learnPro’

Click on the Essential Learning category on the learnPro homepage and look for ‘NHS Tayside: Emotional Health and Wellbeing’.

For more information on emotional health and wellbeing please contact or for learnPro queries please email

Nurses sought for RIPEN project

SIDE Nurses sought for RIPEN project.jpgResearchers at Glasgow Caledonian University are collaborating with Glasgow School of Art and others on an exciting, innovative project to understand and develop nursing practice around antibiotics now and to imagine practice in a future era where antibiotics are no longer effective in preventing or treating infections.

The RIPEN (Re-envisaging Infection Practice Ecologies in Nursing) project aims to work with registered nurses to address the problem of antimicrobial resistance by using arts and humanities approaches to look at current nursing practice and develop ideas for new ways of working in a post-antibiotic era.

The team is actively recruiting nurses who work in a hospital setting to take part in this project, beginning in June.  Being part of RIPEN will involve participating in up to four workshops over two years – travel expenses will be funded,  lunch provided and small honorarium if participation is outside of work time.  It will also provide personal benefits in terms of evidence of professional development for your NMC revalidation.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and its consequences pose serious threats to health and welfare, both in the UK and globally.  Nurses’ professional work with patients, in hospitals and the community, means that they are in an ideal position to develop patient care as AMR develops.

For more information visit or contact Dr Caroline King at, phone 0141 331 8725 or Dr Colin MacDuff at

Know Who To Turn To for health services this spring

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With GP surgeries closing for two public holidays in May, NHS Tayside is urging members of the public to make sure they know where to get the right treatment at the right time.

GP surgeries will be closed on May Day Monday, 7 May and Monday, 28 May.  The public are advised to contact NHS 24 on 111 if you have an urgent problem when your GP surgery is closed.  You should only attend Accident and Emergency Departments with emergency conditions.

Consultant in Emergency Medicine Dr Michael Johnston said, “At peak times and especially over holiday periods, A&E can be very busy. We need to make sure that we are able to see people quickly if they need emergency care. Members of the public have always recognised that A&E is for those with genuine emergencies, however, they are not always aware of what alternatives are out there, especially when their own GP is closed.

“There are many alternatives to A&E and going directly to the person with the most appropriate skills is important. Around one in four people who visit A&E could receive treatment more appropriately by accessing a different service, such their own GP, community pharmacist or local Minor Injury and Illness Unit. This can help you to a quicker recovery and ensures that all NHS Tayside services are run efficiently over holiday periods.”

Here is some helpful advice to ensure you access the right treatment in the right place, at the right time:

  • When your GP surgery is closed, and you’re too ill to wait until it re-opens, you can access appropriate out-of-hours services (including a nurse or GP) through NHS 24 by calling 111
  • Your local Primary Care out-of-hours service, which includes GPs, works with NHS 24 to make sure that urgent medical advice and care is always available to you.
  • If you live in a rural area and have a minor illness such as an earache or a cut, minor burn or sprain, turn to your Minor Injury and Illness Unit or NHS 24
  • Your local pharmacist can provide a whole range of services including free advice, support and guidance on all your health problems. Community pharmacies are open at convenient times on Saturdays and Sundays in many locations
  • Avoid a crisis, be prepared and buy essentials now. A pharmacist can advise you on a well stocked medicine cabinet
  • Find about your local health services and get health advice online at


New FAQ for Turas

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An FAQ document for Turas is now available on Staffnet.

Turas Appraisal launched on 2 April, replacing e-KSF.  If your current NHS email address was held within the e-KSF system you will have received an auto-generated email on that date, containing your Turas Appraisal login name and a link to create your own password.

Many staff have already registered and there has been positive feedback on the system layout and ease of use.

However, we know that there have been some queries regarding system access or viewing manager/reviewer functions so an FAQ document has been produced with answers for many of the most common questions.

We would encourage you to read this prior to contacting the IT Service Desk if you have any queries regarding the system.

Further information is available at Staffnet | Our Websites | Employee Appraisal (Turas).


New art exhibition at Stracathro café

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Susan with her artwork in Stracathro

The art gallery in The Pavilion @ Stracathro café in the grounds of Stracathro Hospital is hosting a new art exhibition which will run throughout May and June.

The exhibition features the work of Brechin artist Susan Payne. Susan has lived in Cornwall, Aberdeen and Spain before moving to Brechin and uses her experience to inspire her work.

Speaking about her work, Susan said, “I joined a local art group when I moved to Brechin and now belong to several in the Angus area. It was with the Brechin group that I was first introduced to acrylics and painting landscapes.

“My passion is for landscape. Using an impasto technique, I try to evoke an atmosphere that truly represents the rugged, dramatic, yet scenic, coastlines of both Scotland and Cornwall.”

The exhibitions at the café are changed approximately every eight weeks and local artists are invited to display their work. The café is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 4pm.

The majority of the art on display at the gallery is for sale, with each participating artist donating 20% commission of sales to Stracathro Hospital. All money raised is used to enhance the Stracathro Hospital environment for patients and visitors.

‘Getting Crafty’ with Speakability


A collection of textile based crafts created by members of the Speakability Tayside group went on display in Dundee.

The craft work, which was displayed in the St Aidan’s Centre in Broughty Ferry, was produced as part of the ST/ART arts project for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside, which is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT), in association with NHS Tayside.

The textile crafts programme is one of a range of creative engagement programmes for people with long- term conditions currently being delivered by THAT.

During the eight-session programme, participants experimented with shibori and tie dyeing, textile painting and circular weaving.

Lead artist Christie Page and volunteer artist Tarka Heath worked closely with the group and encouraged each member to produce a range of pieces exploring the various techniques.  The group were given the confidence to create a wide variety of work and everyone produced their own bespoke design tote bags.

Christie said, “Working with dyeing techniques is such an interesting process, where it can be difficult to predict outcomes.  The group learned to adapt their ideas and be inspired by what they produced at each stage of development.  With the right level of support everyone can enjoy these craft techniques regardless of the outcomes of their stroke. The group has worked hard from the very start and produced some wonderful work.”

Chris Kelly, THAT projects co-ordinator, said, “The group has been delighted with Christie’s programme and we have seen their understanding and enthusiasm grow every week.

“We have worked with the group for a number of years providing them with a wide range of creative opportunities and they always respond very positively.  This is the first time we have used these craft- based techniques and Christie and Tarka have shown the group how well they can be adapted to suit individual’s strengths. It has been a really popular programme that I am sure we can adapt for other groups.”

THAT was set up in 2002 and promotes creative engagement, using a variety of different art forms, as a means of improving the health and well being of participants with a range of long term conditions.

For further information please contact Chris Kelly on 01382 835507 or by emailing