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Improving Health

Improving Health

Commending staff who have a Healthy Working Lives idea or have implemented an initiative to improve healthy eating, smoking cessation or improving mental health.

     Concerned about the levels of obesity in their patients, Rachel Bruce, lead pharmacist, and Chrissie Roy, a pra...

    

Concerned about the levels of obesity in their patients, Rachel Bruce, lead pharmacist, and Chrissie Roy, a practice nurse, came up with an innovative way to encourage patients from their GP practice to become more active.

Already well aware of the significant benefits of exercise for health and well being for those with chronic disease, Rachel and Chrissie undertook a review of their prescribing ‘activity’ for Type 2 diabetes and hypertensive’s.

However, for a GP practice getting one inactive patient to meet the recommended activity levels, doctors need to advise 12 patients.

And given that healthcare professionals have an average of 4 hours in a year to have an influence on patients, they were finding it difficult to effect any change and were disheartened by having the same unproductive discussion with patients’ year on year.

They initiated discussions with their local Health Improvement Team and Glasgow Life/Live Active and decided to set up a walking group.

Five patients turned up for the first initial walk on a cold day in December! It has now grown from strength to strength with up to 20 patients taking part in a 12 week programme.

For two extremely busy members of staff to find the time to set this up and keep up with momentum when success did not come initially, is highly admirable!

The service aims to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable families by providing them with the tools and skills the...

The service aims to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable families by providing them with the tools and skills they need to support themselves in the long term; financially, practically and emotionally.

Learning from previous research and work carried out by the Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey project in Glasgow City, a needs assessment is undertaken with parents/carers who have high levels of vulnerability due to gaps in service provision.

Before the Family Support and Information centre, services were available to look at immediate need and associated finance help was available to cover basic costs. However, there was no follow through with clients from services to ensure the sustainability of the support to look at wider needs.

The new improved needs assessment started last April with 156 assessments carried out within one year. This model has now been adapted and is being rolled out across our other hospitals

Life as a carer can be very lonely, but when you, or the person you are caring for also has a problem with alcohol ...

Life as a carer can be very lonely, but when you, or the person you are caring for also has a problem with alcohol issues, the feelings of isolation can be even greater.

The SEARCH project – Support and Education for Alcohol Related Challenges in the Home - brings together Carers of West Dunbartonshire and the local HSCP’s Addiction Services, for what is believed to be a unique service in the UK, focussing on this particular area of need.

The project offers carers a range of support including one to one support, group sessions, respite/short breaks, carer outings, emotional support, money and legal advice and training and wellbeing.

One carer told us: “The SEARCH project has been really terrific. Alcohol and drugs issues are often not spoken about but this brings it into the open and I feel I can unload.  We need to tell people there is help there if they need it.”